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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
- Includes lens hood and pouch,Filter Size 62mm, Equipped with manual focus clutch mechanism
- Compatible with Olympus and Panasonic cameras
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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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|Compatible Camera Mount||Micro Four Thirds||Micro Four Thirds||Olympus/Panasonic Micro 4/3||Micro Four Thirds||Micro Four Thirds||Micro Four Thirds|
|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||2.24 x 3.27 x 2.24 in||3.11 x 6.3 x 3.11 in|
|Item Weight||0.84 lb||6.7 ounces||7.84 ounces||4.8 ounces||7.44 ounces||1.94 lbs|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||all-in-one-zoom||Prime lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||40 millimeters||150 millimeters||25 millimeters||25 millimeters||50 millimeters||150 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||12 millimeters||40 millimeters||25 millimeters||25 millimeters||12 millimeters||40 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||62 millimeters||58 millimeters||—||46 millimeters||52 millimeters||72 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.
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.
I had an EPL-1 pen camera for several years and liked how I could use it for family outings with minimal gear. I had too many concerns about the image capture capabilities to consider the Olympus seriously. With the OMD series, however, every concern I had about the Pen camera was addressed.
Meanwhile, I continued to shoot Nikon professionally because I felt that my Nikon FX glass couldn’t be beat. I liked what the Olympus M.4/3 primes were capable of, but they didn’t give me the same IQ that I was getting with Nikon.
I have and use the Nikon 300 f.4, the 105 2.8 Macro, the 85 1.8, and the 70-200 2.8 - all of which I still like to use. Please note that the Olympus PRO lenses are different, because I love using them.
The PRO 40-150 2.8 is the best glass I have ever owned, and the 12-40 2.8 is a close second. The bottom line is that the 12-40 2.8 is a professional lens that will serve me for many, many years. It is everything I wanted from a lens in this zoom range, and was a sound photo investment. I have no buyer’s remorse with either one of these superb and well crafted tools.
And I may be selling my Nikons…
UPDATE: I just used this lens in the studio for a student model shoot and reviewed the images in LR last night. The results were a very nice portfolio for the students with accurate color, good definition, and sharp details. More than that, the lens was an absolute pleasure to work in terms of how easy it was to use.
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