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Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens

Price: $999.00
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You Pay: $899.00
Product Highlights
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 24-80mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • 1 Aspherical ED & 2 Aspherical Elements
  • 1 DSA, 2 ED, 1 HD, 2 HR Lens Elements
  • High-Speed Imager AF with MSC
  • Linear Motor Drive System
  • Manual Focus Clutch
  • Dust, Freeze and Drip-Proof Construction
  • 7-Blade Circular Diaphragm

The Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens is a wide-angle to portrait-length zoom lens that is compatible with the Micro Four Thirds system. The 12-40mm focal length provides a 35mm-equivalent field of view of 24-80mm and a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture enables consistent low-light performance and shallow depth of field control throughout the zoom range.

The lens construction integrates an array of aspherical, extra-low dispersion, high-refractive index, and HD lens elements to provide a comprehensive reduction in chromatic aberrations and distortion while also contributing to high overall image sharpness, clarity, and color fidelity. A high-speed imager AF linear motor drive system provides fast, smooth, and quiet focusing performance and the MSC (Movie and Still Image Compatible) designation indicates this lens' suitability for use with fast-moving subjects and video applications. Additionally, a manual focus clutch enables quick, seamless shifting between auto and manual focus control.

Additionally, the lens features a dust-, freeze-, and drip-proof construction that is tailored to its use in inclement conditions.

12-40mm lens provides a 35mm-equivalent field of view of 24-80mm, covering wide-angle to portrait-length perspectives.
Constant f/2.8 maximum aperture enables consistent low-light performance and selective focus control throughout the zoom range.
High-speed imager AF linear motor drive system, with MSC (Movie and Still Image Compatible) support, provides fast, smooth, and quiet focusing performance.
Manual focus clutch permits efficient and intuitive switching between auto and manual focusing control.
The lens construction integrates one aspherical ED (extra-low dispersion) element, two aspherical elements, one DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) element, two extra-low dispersion elements, one HD element, and two HR (high-refractive index) elements into its design to minimize aberrations, distortion, and color fringing throughout the zoom range while also contributing to overall image sharpness, clarity, and fidelity.
Seven-blade circular diaphragm works to produce an aesthetic out-of-focus quality that is well-suited to shallow depth of field imagery.
Dust-, freeze-, and drip-proof design ensure the lens' performance in inclement and harsh conditions.
Performance
Focal Length 12 - 40mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 24 - 80 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View 84° - 30°
Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" (20 cm)
Magnification 0.3x
Elements/Groups 14/9
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Autofocus Yes
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:62 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.75 x 3.31" (69.9 x 84 mm)
Weight 13.47 oz (382 g)

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OlympusM. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens
 
4.9

(based on 85 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (77)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (60)
  • Durable (50)
  • Strong construction (50)
  • Consistent output (48)
  • Rugged (41)

Cons

  • Heavy (19)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (51)
  • Low light (39)
  • Weddings (38)
  • Night photography (22)
  • Macro photography (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (29), Semi-pro photographer (25), Pro photographer (6), Casual photographer (4), Professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (72)

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4.0

a lens can with my camera all the time

By Steven

from Walnut Creek ca

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens:

    I use prime lenses all the time this is only zoom I added for my job,I really happy the result came out from this lens, I will put on one of my EM1 body all the time when working

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    5.0

    lens cap LC 62D

    By Sofia

    from Miami

    Comments about Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens:

    El lente es maravilloso, solo tiene un error de diseño su lens cap que no ajusta en forma correcta.

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    5.0

    This lens is worth every penny

    By Oldguy97006

    from Oregon

    Comments about Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens:

    This lens is sharp at all f-stops, it's fast throughout the zoom range and it's very well made. I really like the way you can put it in MF/AF by sliding the focus ring back and forth. Even the lens shade is easy to put on and take off. It's weather resistant and that's my only beef with it. The o-ring at the lens mount makes it a minor struggle to twist the lens on/off. There's no good place to grab the lens to do that. Focus is fast and silent.

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    5.0

    Amazing quality

    By Fab

    from Tahiti, French Polynesia

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Image quality
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens:

      This is my first MFT lens for the Panasonic GH4, and fits all my needs for video making. I appreciate the overall quality, metal everywhere, secured cap, and great image quality as well.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great all around lens

      By CKanell

      from Denver, CO

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens:

        This lens is fantastic on the EM-1. Purchased it as my starting MFT lens, and it has not let me down. A PRO quality lens in every sense. Compact, light weight, super sharp, bright, and fast with minimal distortion. Weatherproof and excellent built. Great for photographing on the streets and in the studio. A must have on your bag.

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        5.0

        Super lens

        By Jack

        from california

        Comments about Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens:

        Very sharp lens and light weight. Perfect traveling lens.

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        5.0

        Olympus 12-40

        By Pdunnuck

        from Texas

        Comments about Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens:

        Great lens, love the fast manual focus...easy to learn to use. 2.8 all the way...equals a 24-80 lens!

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        4.0

        Great value in a versatile lens

        By kungpow

        from los angeles

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Wide Depth Of Field

        Best Uses

          Comments about Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens:

          I used the lens with a BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera to shoot documentary style footage mainly indoors. I found the zoom range to be idea for this kind of work. The build quality is excellent. The focus holds well throughout the zoom range. When the lens is fully open and zoomed out, the bokeh is decent. Not as dramatic as I've come to enjoy with the EF L glass we've shot on.

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          5.0

          Fantastic Lens with a 35mm Feel

          By Lost Heart Pro

          from Long Beach, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens:

            Fantastic!

            The range is better than Panasonic's 12-35 and with the Manual setting, gives less focal breathing when shooting video as you zoom in/out. The price point is similar and the images are great.

            The construction is solid with many metal parts.

            At f2.8, this lens has replaced a handful of primes that I aways kept in my bag.

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            5.0

            A fantastic lens that's worth the price

            By mwhales

            from Syracuse, NY

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Rugged

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens:

              After doing several jobs where I was constantly changing primes, I decided to purchase this lens. The focal length covers the range that I typically need, and although it doesn't have stabilization like the comparable Lumix lens, it still provides excellent results.

              The 12-40mm f/2.8 is now my go to lens and hasn't been off my GH3 since the day it arrived.

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              5.0

              Pricey, but so... worth it

              By Jen

              from Eastern North Carolina

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Rugged

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens:

                I use this lens while kayaking, hiking, anywhere. Even in inclement weather. That's the beauty of the Olympus 4/3s and this lens which are water resistant. Not that I anticipate dropping it overboard, but I don't have to stop shooting if rain rolls in.

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                • No

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                5.0

                A true Pro zoom

                By Bill

                from Western Massachusetts

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens:

                I am not a fan of consumer zooms, they start out slow and end even slower, the image quality is rarely equal to prime lenses and most of them feel cheaply made. But the 12-40mm f2.8 is a true pro lens at a very affordable price. It is sharp and reasonably fast, at a constant F2.8, across its entire range. The image quality is right up there with the Olympus primes. It has an extra assignable function button built right in the lens and the same manual focus snap ring used on the Olympus 12mm and 17mm. The lens body is solid metal construction, it is weather resistant, and includes a hood that locks in place. With one of the OMD bodies, this becomes the perfect single-lens kit.

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                • No

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                5.0

                A Must Have Lens

                By btvo64

                from Sugar Land, TX

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Flexible
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens:

                I purchased the M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens along with the OM-D E-M1 from B&H a while back to replace/update from my Nikon D80. At the time of my purchase, the OM-D E-M1 does not come with a kit lens. I decided on this lens because I think it's a most flexible and quality lens to begin the switch from DSLR to mirrorless. After shooting with it for a while, I am extremely happy with the decision.
                The Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO is the equivalent of a 24-70mm f/2.8 full frame (24-80mm to be exact). It probably has the biggest diameter of all the M. Zuiko lenses. It looks quite impressive and professional with the E-M1. The built is quality and solid. The lens hood DOES come with the lens and it is reversible. If you carry your camera with a BlackRapid type of a strap (i.e. to your side), be careful to keep the lens hood release button away from your side to avoid accidently releasing the hood. The lens does not have IS but it's OK for me since my E-M1 does have 5-axis stabilization.
                The zoom range and the wide angle on the 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO are very user friendly. It allows you to take pictures at different distances and angles without you have to move around all the time to fit the subject into the frame because sometimes you don't have that option. The f/2.8 aperture means that the focus is very fast and it can handle the indoor photography very well. The only time that I have problem with indoor photography using this lens was taking picture of people dancing at a wedding reception. People were moving fast and the room was quite dim. Overall, the pictures are very sharp unless you compare them to the M. Zuiko 75mm f/1.8, which is ridiculously sharp and fast. I recently wrote a review on the 75mm f/1.8 and I gave it a four-star, instead of the five-star that I'm giving the 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO. I really believe that the 12-40mm f/2.8 would give you the BEST bang for your buck because it is so flexible. Other lens could be sharper and faster but they are limited to a certain shooting occasion. The 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO can handle all of the occasions that you encounter with a high degree of success. It will end up staying on your camera all the time. It is a little pricey but it is worth it. You will NOT disappointed with this lens. I would HIGHLY recommend this lens to be the FIRST lens in everybody MFT lens collection.

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                5.0

                If you could own only one m4/3 lens...

                By Neil

                from Austin, TX

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Night Photography
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens:

                  ...it should be this one. It is a Pro-Level lens in every respect. All the superlatives that have been heaped upon this lens are spot-on: macro capabilities, landscape, portraits, weather resistance, relative size, etc. I use this on an EM5 without a grip and it is very comfortable. Fit and finish are flawless, zoom ring is firm and sure, autofocus is extremely fast and quiet (but not as fast as my 17mm f/1.8: that lens is ridiculously fast). Bokeh is smooth and creamy, color and contrast are wonderful and the sharpness corner to corner is superb at all apertures. More reach *would* be nice, but with its sharpness and the OMD's 350 dpi RAW resolution, it really becomes a minor issue. ISO 1600 looks gorgeous cropped in, and ISO 800 and below are phenomenal. To my eye, it outperforms my 24-70 f/2.8L, and certainly the 24-105 f/4L IS lens by a long shot. Enough said...if you've been vacillating on this lens, just buy it. you won't regret it.

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                  5.0

                  Superb lens - well worth the price.

                  By Frankster

                  from Boise, ID

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens:

                    Bought this lens for my OMD-EM10 after reading the other reviews. Simply stunning results and the build quality is the best I have ever seen. Bought the OMD-EM10 for a smaller/lighter camera as compared to my Pentax K3. Love the Pentax but the Oly is the camera I'm starting to carry more often.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent lens

                    By Ricardo

                    from Denver, CO

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens:

                      Very fine looking lens. Excellent weight and feel. I am a little person with small hands. I have three Pen system bodies, a flash unit and now five lenses. I am quite pleased with the Olympus micro four thirds system.

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic Lens, but big for the format

                      By thehaddiscatch

                      from reno, nv

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens:

                      I use this for outdoor photography and around my house with kids and animals. the ability to do shoot scenery at the wide end, macro, and portrait range means this thing is glued to my camera. Fantastic depth of field, color rendering, and the ability to switch from auto to manual focus with the focus ring is great.

                      The sacrifice is size. Nothing compared to the same range on a dslr type lens but still big for m4/3.

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                      5.0

                      Tack sharp

                      By Tor

                      from SC

                      Comments about Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens:

                      This is one of the sharpest lenses from the Zuiko family. I use the 12-60 on my E-5, but this one is even sharper then the 12-60, and sits on my EM1 most of the time. Superb lens.

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                      5.0

                      Solid piece of work

                      By Jay S.

                      from Dayton, Oh

                      Comments about Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens:

                      This lens has a great build and performance to match. Product matches description very well. 5 stars.

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                      5.0

                      Great lens, built like a tank!

                      By Danny B

                      from Norway

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Allround
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Traveling
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens:

                      Other reviews can tell you all you need to know, it's a great lens. Just wanted to add that I have (involuntarily) given this lens a quite rough treatment, and it just survives anything. Treatment includes a solid saltwater shower, followed by a freshwater shower to remove the salt, and I once threw it hard into a rock. The lens didn't seem affected by this at all. Even though I would recommend you to treat it nicer than me, it is evident that this lens is designed to tackle hard use.

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