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Olympus ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO

Standard zoom lens for Olympus PEN and other mirrorless cameras

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

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 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 mirrorless 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.

Product Highlights:

  • 12-40mm f/2.8 lens
  • bright, constant-aperture wide-angle zoom lens for mirrorless 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

What's in the Box:

  • 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

A great all around zoom lens with a large aperture. Only wish I could afford the 40-150 PRO also.

Hal, Pennsylvania

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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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Beautiful pro lens for micro 4/3

Written by Zak Billmeier, Video Producer, on 2/24/2016 3:34:00 PM

I tested this out on my Olympus micro 4/3 camera and came away impressed. Its bright, f/2.8 max aperture lets you use it indoors in reasonable light, and like other micro 4/3 lenses it is quite compact for what it is. I've used similar pro lenses on DSLR bodies and they can be quite bulky. This one is solid as a rock in build quality, but balanced well on my rather small camera body.

The beauty of micro 4/3 is small size with great image quality, and if you do a lot of shooting in the 24-80mm (equivalent) range, this is worth the investment. I used it on a Panasonic body also, and it works perfectly like all micro 4/3 lenses. This lens is not stabilized, however, so on a Panasonic body you won't have the body stabilization like with Olympus. That said, I didn't feel I needed it at these focal lengths anyway. Highly recommended.

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Perfect for the price! [ Steven  Dec 19, 2016 ]
Quality glass at outlet price. Fantastic deal. [ Mark  May 01, 2016 ]
Best zoom lens for E-M1. [ Ariel  Dec 22, 2015 ]
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