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Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO Interchangeable Lens
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- Constant f2.8 maximum aperture
- Focal length : 12-40mm, Minimum Focus Distance-7.87 inches (20 cm)
- Dustproof, Splash proof, and Freeze proof construction. Lens Construction:14 Elements in 9 Groups (Aspherical ED lens, 2 Aspherical lenses, DSA lens, 2 ED lenses, HD lens, 2 HR lense)
- Includes lens hood and pouch,Filter Size 62mm, Equipped with manual focus clutch mechanism
- Compatible with Olympus and Panasonic cameras
- Constant f2.8 maximum aperture
- Focal length : 12-40mm, Minimum Focus Distance-7.87 inches (20 cm)
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The M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO lens offers unmatched shooting versatility. It features a wide-angle focal length to capture landscapes, architecture or nature scenes and a super fast fixed f/2.8 aperture for perfect portraits at 40mm.
Sometimes the harshest conditions produce the most dramatic photo opportunities. With separate seals to keep out moisture and dust, the 12-40mm f2.8 PRO is ready to take on the elements.
Lens Function Button
The customizable Lens Function Button (L-FN) allows you to control one of 27 different functions right from the barrel of your lens, including AF Stop, AF Home, Focus Peaking and Magnify.
Movie-Still Compatible (MSC)
The linear drive motor found in the 12-40mm f2.8 PRO is Movie and Still Compatible (MSC) and provides fast, nearly silent focusing and aperture performance, a must-have for any videographer.
Manual Focus Clutch
Located on the focus ring, the Manual Focus Clutch enables you to switch instantly between auto and manual focus. You can also preset a particular focus position (using the easy-to-read distance meter), and by pulling the ring toward you, return instantly to that position from AF mode.
Adapted from multilayer film deposition technology used in Olympus' industry-leading line of precision microscopes, the Zuiko Extra-Low Reflective Optical Coating practically eliminates ghosts and flares caused by in-frame light sources. This feature is invaluable when shooting into the sun or other back-lit situations.
Close Focusing Distance
The M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO can focus as close as 2.75 inch at the telephoto end of the focal range, and 7.9 inch at all focal lengths, further adding to the versatility of this lens.
Stabilized Hand-Held Performance
Paired with the advanced in-body image stabilization of the Olympus OM-D and PEN series of cameras, this extremely bright f2.8 lens allows you to shoot longer hand-held exposures without a tripod.
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|Focus Type||Stepper motor||Micromotor||auto-focus||Stepper motor||Stepper motor||Stepper motor|
|Item Dimensions||2.76 x 3.31 x 2.76 in||2.52 x 3.39 x 2.52 in||3.23 x 3.23 x 4.41 in||2.2 x 1.61 x 2.2 in||3.11 x 6.3 x 3.11 in||2.24 x 3.27 x 2.24 in|
|Item Weight||0.84 lb||6.7 ounces||7.84 ounces||4.8 ounces||1.94 lbs||7.44 ounces|
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|Maximum Focal Length||40 millimeters||150 millimeters||25 millimeters||25 millimeters||150 millimeters||50 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||12 millimeters||40 millimeters||25 millimeters||25 millimeters||40 millimeters||12 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||62 millimeters||58 millimeters||—||46 millimeters||72 millimeters||52 millimeters|
This large-aperture 3.3X Zoom lens is the first in the newly created “M.ZUIKO PRO” category. Covering a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24-80mm, this lens features all metallic construction and makes extensive use of high grade optical components including Dual Aspherical, High Refractive and ED lens elements configured in 9 groups to assure the highest level of reproduction. A fast maximum aperture of f2.8 throughout the zoom range, a manual focus clutch as well as Splash-proof, Dust-proof and Freeze-proof construction make it suitable for the most demanding professionals and enthusiasts. An “MSC” (movie and still compatible) AF lens drive system ensures fast and quiet auto-focusing – especially important when shooting HD movies. A seven blade circular aperture produces pleasing background defocusing effects. Included accessories are LH-66 Petal Type Hood, LC-62D Aluminum Protective Lens Cap, LR-2 Rear Lens Cap, LSC 0918 Lens Pouch and One Year World-Wide Warranty.
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But the 12-40mm f/2.8 lens takes the camera to a different level. I thought I was getting decent performance from the 12-50mm lens -- and I thought wrong. It's okay, for what it is, but it's slow (f/6.3 at 50mm) and just average in sharpness. With nothing to compare to, I didn't realize how it was holding back the E-M5's potential.
The 12-40 is truly top caliber. Sharp from corner to corner. Chromatic aberration cannot be found. Fast for extending the E-M5's low light capabilities at modest ISOs (I can gain nearly three stops from the 12-50mm in many situations). On the PC I'll zoom in on shots and be astonished by the crispness that simply didn't exist before.
Having never owned an expensive DSLR (I had a decent Nikon FE2 film body and some Vivitar Series I lenses in the 80's, however), I'd been lulled into thinking the images I was capturing were simply all that such a camera was capable of. The E-M5 is a very good micro four thirds body, after only the new E-M1. What difference could one lens make? Well, as it turns out, a great deal.
The 12-50mm has a smooth motor drive mode for video (which I rarely shoot) and a dedicated macro mode, which is nice. But the 12-40mm, while not being optimized for macro, turns out to be a fully capable macro lens as well, better than the 12-50, IMHO, because of its superior resolution and significantly faster performance and ability to isolate at f/2.8. The only step up for close up photography being to a dedicated macro lens. (And yes, I know that with regards to depth of field it is twice that of a full frame sensor. But f-stop is dimensionless, and with regards to light-gathering-per-sensor-size/exposure/ISO, f/2.8 is f/2.8 is f/2.8, whether it be APS, M43, full frame or a large format camera.)
The only thing I don't like is the price. $1,000 was a big chunk. But the way it has changed the performance of the E-M5 is truly revelatory. There really is a significant optical difference between a decent mainstream consumer lens and a pro level lens. The 12-40 lives on my camera now, and the 12-50 is going to end up on eBay.
If you've got the E-M5 or M1 and can afford it, this lens is a no brainer and will not dissappoint. Since the long end is only 80mm equivalent, I think even Lumix body owners can enjoy it's benefits despite not having the in-camera stabilization that Olympus bodies have.
It's sharp. Of course it's sharp. But the contrast is honestly better than the Olympus 45mm f/1.8. I always felt the other lenses had a bit of a hazy look. I really thought it was just a quirk of the Olympus cameras, but it's gone with this lens.
I thought I'd find f/2.8 limiting, but I always found that opening up to 1.8 was a great way to get pictures that weren't quite in focus, or just too little was in focus. I was always stopping down anyways. Even at 2.8, I generally prefer to be able to shoot at f/4 unless I'm intentionally trying to blur the background. That really depends on what kind of photographer you are. Still, the 45/1.8 did have creamier out of focus areas. That might have just been because of the wider aperture, but I feel like it just rendered out of focus areas a bit better. Still, this lens isn't terrible at it. Busy backgrounds tend to stay busy, though. It's sharp enough that you can get away without too much sharpening. That helps a lot when you have to boost the ISO.
The close focusing distance really surprised me. I mostly keep a decent camera for product photography (and basically upgraded to an E-M5 II for it's high res mode). I was afraid selling the macro lens would be a mistake, you can get pretty close. Closeups of things like flowers are no problem. Real macro stuff will still require a proper macro lens, though.
Autofocus is as quick as I've seen with Micro 4/3. I mean, it should be quick. It struggles more in low light than the primes did, likely just because of the smaller aperture. It's a rare issue, but it's worth noting.
It's heavy. It's not huge, really. No longer Olympus' cheap 45-150, but a big bigger around. But it's heavy. It does kinda change the balance of the E-M5II. I found myself holding it by the lens instead of the camera. It's not bad, but it's different than the super light primes/zooms I used to have. It feels fantastic to hold, though. Everything you actually touch is metal. The zoom and focus rings have a lot more resistance than I was used to. At first I didn't like it. Now everything else feels loose and sloppy. It's just what you get used to, I guess. But it's smooth. The manual focus clutch is a fantastic feature. I still haven't found a use for the lens fn button, but then I never really needed as many function buttons as the E-M5II has. It's still a nice touch.
One issue I've had is that the lens hood seems to occasionally fall off. It clicks on tight. And I can't just pull it off. I think the release button gets bumped sometimes. It only actually locks on one side, and I feel like the issue would be fixed if it locked on both. It's a small issue, but it's happened to me several times.
Some people complain about the lens cap. These people should not be allowed in public unsupervised.
Have used the kit zoom lens for 2 years and like it (see my review), I wanted the wider angle this affords and of course the F2.8 to boost options. I finally took the plunge during a recent $100-off sale. This zoom is an F2.8 12-40mm (eq. of 24mm - 80mm)
Pros: Solid and well-finished construction - mechanically this is one of the best feeling lenses that I have had on any camera, silky smooth focus and solid zoom. Even wide open the lens is much sharper that the kit zoom it replaces. The sharpness is close to the 25 and 45mm primes from Oly. over the full zoom range! Color rendition and contrast is the best I have seen, primes included and lenses from SLR NIKON. Bokeh at F2.8 - 5.6 is super-creamy. Lens can focus very close ~ 4" even fully zoomed. Vignetting minimal at 12mm, with standard height filter. I good flare control shooting into the sun (with shade). Manual focus automatically engaged by sliding the focus ring back (like the 17mm) Nicely done lens shade attaches easily. Lens bag also included.
Cons: BIG and HEAVY! This is basic physics of F2.8 optics so I took no points off. As others have pointed out, it is not well-matched to the smaller bodies such as the PEN series. I recently upgraded to an M5 + grip and the lens feels amazingly well-balanced.
I am very impressed and have this on my camera most of the time! Especially on travel - this is the only one I need.