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Olympus ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro Lens

Bright 3.3X standard zoom lens for Olympus PEN and other Micro Four Thirds cameras

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Our take on the Olympus ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro Lens

by Woody Sherman
Olympus

Olympus has chosen this lens as their first release in the newly designated lineup of M. Zuiko Pro lenses. These are lenses with rugged weather-sealing. So rugged, in fact, that they are advertised as being dust-, splash-, and freezeproof, making them solid companions for Olympus' OM-D E-M1 which is similarly rated.

Olympus is taking a bet that this will become your next day-to-day lens for your Micro Four Thirds camera, and they have good reason to be confident: with a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 and an amazingly convenient 24-80mm equivalent zoom range, this lens will meet the challenges of low light shots, wide landscapes, and captivating portraits. Think of it as the ultimate kit lens — all the convenience of the handiest zoom range, without the tradeoffs lower-cost lenses hand you in the aperture department. Precision M. Zuiko optics will keep everything sharp and clear, while capturing vivid yet natural colors.

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Highlights:

  • 12-40mm f/2.8 lens
  • bright, constant-aperture wide-angle zoom lens accommodates Micro Four Thirds cameras
  • 24-80mm effective focal length
  • ideal for everything from landscapes and group shots to portraits with defocused backgrounds
  • minimum focus distance: 7.87 inches
  • minimum aperture: f/22
  • lens construction: 14 elements in 9 groups
  • exceptional optics include aspherical elements, a DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) lens, ED (extra-low dispersion) lenses & HR (high refractive index) lenses
  • attachment/filter size: 62mm
  • lens is 2-13/16" in diameter, 3-9/16" long
  • weight: 13.47 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens cap, lens hood, and lens case

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Features and Specs
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Olympus
Image Stabilization
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No
Focal Length
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12-40mm
Maximum Aperture
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f/2.8
Weight
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13.47 ounces
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO zoom lens
  • LC-62D Front lens cap (installed)
  • LR-2 Rear lens cap (installed)
  • LH-66 Lens Hood
  • LSC-0918 Lens case
  • Instructions
  • Warranty card

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Features

Micro Four Thirds Mount: The M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO 3.3x zoom lens has a Micro Four Thirds mount. It is compatible with the Olympus PEN and OM-D interchangeable lens cameras, and has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24-80mm when used with a full frame camera. The lens is the first in the newly created M.Zuiko PRO category, and has an all metallic construction with high-grade optical components. It comes with the LH-66 Lens Hood, a soft lens pouch, and front and rear lens caps.

MSC: This high-quality lens has a built-in MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) AF drive for fast, quiet focusing, even while shooting movies.

Construction: The lens is suitable for use in extreme conditions. It is splash-proof, dust-proof, and freeze-proof, making it the perfect lens for demanding professionals and enthusiasts.

Lens Specifications: The lens has the following specifications:

  • Focal Length: 12-40mm
  • 35mm Equivalent: 24-80mm
  • Maximum Aperture: F2.8
  • Minimum Aperture: F22
  • Angle of View: 84.1° - 30.3°
  • Lens Construction: 14 elements in 9 groups (including aspherical ED lens, aspherical lenses, DSA lens, 2 ED lenses, HD lens, and 2 HR lenses)
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 7.9"
  • Diaphragm: 7 blade circular aperture diaphragm
  • Filter Diameter: 62mm
  • Dimensions: Diameter=2.752", Length=3.558" (3.998" w/caps)
  • Weight: 13.5 ounces
 
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5 out of 5

Olympus 12-40

Written By ca, Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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great lens with wide zoom range and fixed aperture throughout. Pictures appear to be very sharp, autofocus is very fast, good build quality (but lens extends when zooming). 62mm filter size. Some will complain about size, but coming from APS-C it still feels small - about the size (or smaller) of a standard kit zoom.
Pros:
fixed aperture, sharp images, weather sealed.
Cons:
lens extends with zoom
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5 out of 5

Olympus ED 12-40 f2.8

Written By George, NYC on Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Tack sharp at all focal lengths . Pro quality construction . Lens feels a little big on the the OMD M5.
Pros:
Excellent handling and image quality. Fast lens . Weather sealed. Focus clutch allows for quick change from auto focus to manual focus . Focuses fast and accurately.
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5 out of 5

Great quality

Written By Cassie, Los Angeles , CA on Thursday, April 03, 2014
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f2.8 all over range is great for taken photos. 12-40 mm focus length provide an essential travel needed. I would say that with this Len you can travel all over a world !!!
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5 out of 5

toss the primes and kit lenses

Written By Richard, Cambridge, MA on Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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Own a Panasonic G3, GF3 and an Olympus OM-D E5. Was using primes..Panasonic 20mm, 25mm and the Olympus 45mm plus the Panasonic 14-42 and an Olympus 12-50. Really love the Panasonic 25mm and enjoyed the kit lenses but was always a bit disappointed at how much light was lost when using the zoom. With respect to the primes, while quite bright, I's sometimes lose my shot by the time I put the lens on the camera or have concerns about getting dirt/dust on the sensor. Bought the 12-40. Was initially concerned it might be too big (size-wise it is similar to the Panny 45-200)...but I find the build and weight much better. The 12-40 is easily as good as the Panny 25 and Oly 45 and much better than all of my other lenses. Also, I appreciate the macro capabilities (though one cannot get as close as with the 12-50). I would not recommend the lens if only shooting with a Panny (get the Panny 12-35 for it's OIS) and would not put the lens on a GF3 or similar small camera. The lens feels great on the OM-D E5 and what helps considerably is that I have an Oly grip on the camera. I highly recommend the lens...it is spectacular quality. Stop pissing around with not so bright lenses and invest in a bright zoom and like me, it may not leave your camera.
Pros:
Build, quality, weather sealed, manual focus ring, lens hood
Cons:
none (not even the price as it can be had for less than a 12mm, 25mm and 45mm that covers the focal range). Might not recommend it for a camera without a grip
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Olympus ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro Lens

Written By Anonymous, Apple Valley, MN on Sunday, December 15, 2013
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Great lens - perfect match with OM-D E-1. Sharp, excellent contrast, fast - Highly recommended!!
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5 out of 5

Great Match For The EM-1

Written By JohnD, Kansas on Friday, November 22, 2013
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This lens performs well and is great match for the EM-1.
Pros:
Solid. Weather sealed. 24-80mm equivalent.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

Wow this lens is GREAT!

Written By Randall K, LI, NY on Monday, November 11, 2013
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I preordered this Olympus 12-40mm zoom lens after I knew I LOVED my EM1. I owned the $2800 Leica X Vario which has one of the best zoom lenses period, (yes a little slow aperture wise). I bring up the Leica because Leica is known for their amazing glass. This Oly zoom to my eyes looks 99.9% as good as the Leica zoom re: lack of distortion, micro contrast, build quality, and it's almost like owning several primes as it's THAT sharp..Can produce beautiful Bokeh as well (blurred background). This zoom lens in NO way resembles any type of cheapy kit zoom. Again pictures are tack sharp it seems, zoomed all the way in or out. It BEATS the Leica in that you can maintain the constant 2.8 aperture at all focal lengths..just great! I haven't noticed any chromatic aberrations at all..I just LOVE this lens. I also own the Pana/Leica 25mm 1.4, and the Oly 17mm 1.8 primes. I can honestly say unless I am in a real need for the larger apertures ala the 1.4, this Oly lens will pretty much live on my EM1. In truth I am NOT really a Micro Four type of guy. This lens coupled with the EM1 though is just simply great, oozes quality. For pure versatility and great IQ I think many will love this Oly 12-40mm zoom. Using the lens to focus manually is also really nice, very quick, nice feel to the focus ring. Auto focus with this Oly lens is rocket fast and quiet! Highly recommended!
Pros:
Sharp Zoomed all the way in or out, Lack of distortion, Low or no Chromatic Aberrations, Build quality.
Cons:
NONE
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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