Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

When you purchase your Panasonic AF101 it will not come with a lens, therefore it’s important to purchase one before or at the time but beware to save disappointment pre order your lens in advance to make sure it’s in stock for your camera.

I have been looking at the range of micro Four Third lenses from Panasonic, Olympus and Voigtlander. The Voigtlander NOKTON f0.95 is my favourite standard lens as it’s micro Four Thirds and has a wonderful shallow depth of field (bokeh) at just over £800 it’s quite expensive but in my opinion worth every penny.

Panasonic have a wide range of micro Four Third lenses but the only down side is they mainly start at f3.5 which is not as fast as we would like them to be. That said they are very good lenses and in most cases won’t disappoint. Looking down the field and can I add thats not the full range, we start with the wide angle, standard and lastly various zoom lenses.

I think out of all the wide lenses I would plum for the 7-14mm f4, not as fast as I would prefer but by all accounts a very useful sharp lens, the purists amongst you would probably go for the 8mm f3.5 as it is a prime lens and technically should be slightly sharper than the 7-14mm lens.

A good al-rounder would be the 14-140mm f4.5-5.8, this lens gives you semi wide angle, standard and telephoto. As an alternative the 45mm f2.8 would be a cracking interview lens and at f2.8 is quite a bit faster that the competition.

So there you have it a large selection of Panasonic micro Four Third lenses to choose from but remember you also have Olympus mFT lenses and with a Lumix adaptor you can use Four Third lenses of which there is a far bigger choice and a lot faster.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

3 thoughts on “Micro Four Thirds lenses for the Panasonic AF101

  1. Wow, I can’t believe you didn’t mention the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7

  2. That 20mm f1.7 becomes a 40mm on the AF101 so is more a standard lens, there are other lenses I did not mention, just time and space.

  3. Leica 14-50mm f2.8-3.5 with MANUAL IRIS…….
    or if one is making money PL Mount RED Zoom 17-50mm t2.9 with Proper CONTROLS….

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