M.Zuiko PRO Lens Comparison

This article does an M.Zuiko PRO lens comparison with various Nikkor lenses. To arrive at the best comparisons that I could, the same apertures and equivalent fields-of-view were used where possible. All equivalent field-of-views noted are based on comparisons to a full frame camera format. Obviously there are not exact matches for all of the lenses between these two brands and formats. This is not a performance comparison. It is one based primarily on price, size, and weight.

One of the reasonably common comments expressed in online photography chat rooms is that Olympus M.Zuiko PRO lenses are ‘expensive’. This begs the question, “Compared to what?”

The intent of this article is simply to show a number of match-ups between similar lenses so readers can make their own assessment. This article is not a discussion about the relative merits of the M4/3 or full frame camera formats. Individual photographers can decide for themselves which camera format and lenses best meet their needs. Both camera formats have their advantages and challenges.

The only reason that I chose Nikkor lenses for this comparison is that I have first hand experience with the Nikon brand. I happen to think that Nikon makes excellent camera equipment which is one of the reasons that I used it for many years.

If you have an interest in comparing Olympus M.Zuiko PRO lenses to those by other manufacturers such as Canon or Sony, you can do a similar comparison for yourself.

At the time of writing this article, Olympus had 10 PRO lenses in its line-up with a number of additional PRO lenses on its official lens road map. The M.Zuiko ED 150-400 f/4.5 TC1.25X IS PRO lens is scheduled to be released by the end of 2020.

Let’s have a look at the 10 M.Zuiko PRO lenses that are currently available. All prices are based on current list prices in Canada. In each lens match up I have focused on price, aperture, equivalent field-of-view, weight and size.

M.Zuiko PRO 17 mm f/1.2 Prime

The current list price for this lens in Canada is $1,700. The PRO 17 mm weighs 390 grams and measures 68.2 x 87 mm. It has an equivalent field-of-view of 34 mm.

The closest Nikkor lens that is currently available is the Nikkor F-Mount 35 mm f/1.4.  It is not quite as bright as the M.Zuiko PRO 17 mm f/1.2 and has a marginally longer equivalent field-of-view. The list price of the Nikkor 35 mm f/1.4 is $2,100. It weighs 600 grams and measures 80 x 89.5 mm.

M.Zuiko PRO 25 mm f/1.2 Prime

The current list price for this lens in Canada is $1,700. The PRO 25 mm f/1.2 weighs 410 grams and measures 70 x 87 mm. It has an equivalent field-of-view of 50 mm.

The Nikkor Z-Mount 50 mm f/1.2 list price is $2,800. It weighs 1090 grams and measures 89.5 x 150 mm.

M.Zuiko PRO 45 mm f/1.2 Prime

The current list price for this lens in Canada is $1,700. The PRO 25 mm f/1.2 weighs 410 grams and measures 70 x 84.9 mm. It has an equivalent field-of-view of 90 mm. This is a lens that we own.

The closest currently available lens from Nikon is the Nikkor F-Mount 85 mm f/1.4. This lens is not quite as bright as the M.Zuiko PRO 45 mm f/1.2, and has a slightly shorter equivalent field-of-view. The list price of the Nikkor 85 mm f/1.4 is $2,000. It weighs 595 grams and measures 86.2 x 84 mm.

M.Zuiko PRO 7-14 mm f/2.8 Zoom

The current list price for this lens in Canada is $1,750. The PRO 7-14 mm f/2.8 weighs 534 grams and measures 78.9 x 105.8 mm. It has an equivalent field-of-view of 14-28 mm. This is a lens that we own.

The closest currently available lens from Nikon is the Nikkor Z-Mount 14-24 mm f/2.8. This lens has a slightly shorter equivalent field-of-view on the long end of its range when compared to the M.Zuiko PRO 7-14 mm f/2.8. The list price of the Nikkor Z-Mount 14-24 mm f/2.8 is $3,200. It weighs 650 grams and measures 88.5 x 124.5 mm.

M.Zuiko PRO 12-40 mm f/2.8 Zoom

The current list price for this lens in Canada is $1,350. The PRO 12-40 mm f/2.8 weighs 382 grams and measures 69.9 x 84 mm. It has an equivalent field-of-view of 24-80 mm. This is a lens that we own.

The closest currently available lens from Nikon is the Nikkor Z-Mount 24-70 mm f/2.8. This lens has a slightly shorter equivalent field-of-view at the long end of its range when compared to the M.Zuiko PRO 12-40 mm f/2.8. The list price of the Nikkor Z-Mount 24-70 mm f/2.8 is $2,999. It weighs 805 grams and measures 89 x 126 mm.

M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 Zoom

The current list price for this lens in Canada is $2,000. The PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 weighs 760 grams without the tripod collar (880 grams with the tripod collar) and measures 79.4 x 160 mm. It has an equivalent field-of-view of 80-300 mm. This is a lens that we own.

The M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 zoom accepts both the M.Zuiko MC-14 and MC-20 teleconverters. These extend the equivalent field-of-view to 112-420 mm at f/4, and 150-600 mm at f/5.6 respectively.

There is no Nikkor zoom lens that covers the same equivalent field-of-view with a constant f/2.8 aperture. There are two Nikkor lenses that could be considered.

The first is the Nikkor Z-Mount 70-200 f/2.8. This lens has a much shorter equivalent field-of-view on the telephoto end when compared to the M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8. The list price of the Nikkor Z-Mount 70-200 mm f/2.8 is $3,399. It weighs 1360 grams and measures 89 x 220 mm.

Another Nikkor lens that could be considered is the Nikkor F-Mount 120-300 mm f/2.8 zoom. This lens does not have as wide an equivalent field-of-view on the wider end of the zoom range. The list price of the Nikkor F-Mount 120-300 mm f/2.8 is $12,399. It weighs 3250 grams and measures 128 x 303.5 mm.

M.Zuiko PRO 8 mm f/1.8 Fisheye

The current list price for this lens in Canada is $1,350. The PRO 8 mm f/1.8 Fisheye lens weighs 315 grams and measures 62 x 80 mm. It has an equivalent field-of-view of 16 mm. The angle of view is 180 degrees.

The closest Nikon lens is the Nikkor F-Mount 16 mm f/2.8 Fisheye. The list price is $1,350. It weighs 290 grams and measures 63 x 57 mm. This Nikkor lens is over 1 full stop slower than the M.Zuiko PRO 8 mm f/1.8 Fisheye. The angle of view is 180 degrees.

M.Zuiko PRO IS 12-100 mm f/4 Zoom

The current list price for this lens in Canada is $1,750. The PRO IS 12-100 mm f/4 zoom weighs 561 grams and measures 77.5 x 116.5 mm. It has an equivalent field-of-view of 24-200 mm. This is a lens that we own.

The closest Nikon lens is the Nikkor F-Mount 24-120 mm f/4 zoom. The list price is $1,449. It weighs 710 grams and measures 84 x 103 mm. This Nikkor lens has a much shorter equivalent field-of-view on the telephoto end when compared to the M.Zuiko PRO IS 12-100 mm f/4 zoom.

Another consideration would be the effectiveness of the VR in the Nikkor 24-120 mm f/4 zoom. It is doubtful that it would come anywhere close to the up to 7.5 stops of IBIS performance that is delivered by the M.Zuiko PRO IS 12-100 mm f/4 when matched with an Olympus OM-D E-M1X or E-M1 Mark III body. Or the up to 6.5 stops of IBIS performance when paired with the OM-D E-M5 Mark III.

M.Zuiko PRO 12-45 mm f/4 Zoom

The current list price for this lens in Canada is $850. The PRO 12-45 mm f/4 weighs 254 grams and measures 63.4 x 70 mm. It has an equivalent field-of-view of 24-90 mm.

The closest Nikon lens is the Nikkor Z-Mount 24-70 mm f/4 zoom. The list price is $1,299. It weighs 500 grams and measures 77.5 x 88.5 mm. This Nikkor lens has a much shorter equivalent field-of-view on the long end of the zoom when compared to the M.Zuiko PRO 12-45 mm f/4 zoom.

M.Zuiko PRO IS 300 mm f/4 Prime

The current list price for this lens in Canada is $3,700. The PRO IS 300 mm f/4 prime weighs 1270 grams without the tripod collar, and 1475 grams with it. The lens measures 92.5 x 227 mm. It has an equivalent field-of-view of 600 mm.

The M.Zuiko PRO IS 300 mm f/4 prime accepts both the M.Zuiko MC-14 and MC-20 teleconverters. These extend the equivalent field-of-view to 840 mm at f/5.6, and 1200 mm at f/8 respectively.

The M.Zuiko PRO IS 300 mm f/4 prime can be compared to three Nikon long telephoto f/4 prime lenses.

The first is the Nikkor 300 mm f/4 prime. The list price is $2,599. It weighs 755 grams and measures 89.5 x 147.5 mm. The equivalent field-of-view is 300 mm shorter than the M.Zuiko PRO IS 300 mm f/4.

The second is the Nikkor 500 mm f/4 prime. The list price is $12,899. It weighs 3090 grams and measures 140 x 387 mm. The equivalent field-of-view is 100 mm shorter than the M.Zuiko PRO IS 300 mm f/4 prime.

The final comparison is with the Nikkor 600 mm f/4 prime. The list price is $15,999. It weighs 3810 grams and measures 166 x 432 mm.

When considering various camera formats and systems it is always important to consider the interchangeable lenses that are available. It is also important to not accept online opinions at face value, without doing your own fact checking. I hope this M.Zuiko PRO lens comparison has been of value.

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7 thoughts on “M.Zuiko PRO Lens Comparison”

  1. Speaking about lenses: I have the 12-100 and the 12-200 lenses. The 12-100 lens is a sharper lens. Assuming a tour through European cities, do I take the sharper lens or the more versatile lens because of the further reach? Hmmm, I can’t make a reasonable decision. How much telephoto does one need in a city?

    1. Hi Lewsh,

      That’s a tough call and would be based on what you are planning to see during your tour through European cities.The 12-200 would give you more overall reach, but the 12-100 f/4 would give you better IBIS performance in low light which could come in very handy when inside buildings.

      I haven’t yet had the opportunity to travel with my Olympus gear, so I can relate to this mainly from my Nikon 1 kit orientation. When we went to Italy last year I took two Nikon 1 zoom lenses with me. The 6.7-13 f/3.5-5.6 (efov 18-35 mm) and the 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 (efov 27-270). Both of these were very helpful when in cities. I didn’t have many situations where I needed anything longer than 270 mm efov… but that’s just me. This will really depend on your style of photography,.

      We recently bought some Olympus gear that my wife will use for travel photography. Small size, flexibility, and weatherproofing were all important so we ended up choosing the M.Zuiko 14-150 f/4-5.6 II. If I was going to travel with my Olympus gear with only two lenses they would be the 7-14 PRO f/2.8 and the 12-100 PRO f/4 (we don’t own the 12-200 mm). Again… that’s just me and is not intended as being a recommendation for you.

      Tom

        1. Hi Lewsh,

          I should have mentioned this earlier… but if you’ve done any similar trips in the past you could pick an assortment of images and check the focal lengths that you used.

          Tom

          1. That’s a good idea. I’ll take a look. My mind is already leaning towards the 12-100mm because of the double advantages of speed and sharpness.
            Thanks again for your input. Your comments are always valuable and thought out farther than I take my thoughts on the same questions.

  2. Quite an interesting comparison grouping. As a former Nikon shooter, having used a D800 for a number of years, I never bought many of the lenses because of the weight and price. I found that I could do very well with the Nikon 28-300 which was my favorite lens because it is so versatile. It was not looked on with favor by many who used the pro lens but it is a good lens. Then I bought the 80-400 plus a 1.4 TC for bird shooting and it is pretty heavy also and got close to the 600mm range I have been getting with Olympus but is no where near the new 100-400 and more so with the teleconverters added. I also have the Olympus 12-200 and I like it even more than the old Nikon 28-300 for an all around lens and one I will be taking on travel trips with my wife in the future.

    1. Hi Joel,

      Thanks for sharing some of your experiences with Nikon and Olympus camera gear! When I was using a Nikon D800 I used a number of f/1.8 prime lenses as well as some of the f/4 constant aperture zooms. We recently received our M.Zuiko PRO 12-100 IS f/4, but I haven’t had the opportunity to get out with it yet.

      Tom

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