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

(based on 189 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (165)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (136)
  • Strong construction (121)
  • Durable (108)
  • Consistent output (94)
  • Rugged (85)

Cons

  • Heavy (31)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (116)
  • Low light (91)
  • Weddings (79)
  • Night photography (47)
  • Video (41)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (70), Semi-pro photographer (56), Pro photographer (15), Casual photographer (12), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (155), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Must Have 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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Check Your Copy Carefully

Inconsistent auto focusing. Relatively reliable AF can only be achieved at 35mm. Sent my copy to service center for repair and did not see a whole not improvement. Manual focusing seems to be...Read complete review

Inconsistent auto focusing. Relatively reliable AF can only be achieved at 35mm. Sent my copy to service center for repair and did not see a whole not improvement. Manual focusing seems to be similar: it is hard to reach a perfect spot at 25mm and so on, but it is relatively easy to get in focus at 35mm manually. With such a price paid, I am very disappointed.

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5.0

Solid Lens

By Kurtis in CA

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    Nothing to add that hasn't already been said about this lens. Just adding my '5-star' rating to the list.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Absolutely solid lens

    By Andy

    from Longmont, CO

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction
    • Weather-sealed

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

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

    I use this lens with an OM-D E-M5 II, primarily for landscape photography. It covers most of the focal lengths I tend to shoot in (equivalent of 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 80mm).

    The lens feels great, feels very high quality. I love the manual focus clutch, and the lens hood (included, thankfully) has a positive click for engaging onto the lens so it wont unscrew on you. It's also reversible as well.

    The biggest selling point for me on this lens was the fact that it is weather-sealed, and it's fast. It has excellent sharpness throughout the zoom range as well.

    The only con I can think of is the bulk (it's larger than most other MFT lenses), but it's not bad... Still way more compact than an equivalent lens in APS-C or full-frame.

    All in all I'm very happy with the lens. The only downside is that I can't blame my gear if my photos suck.

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    5.0

    Great lens with a lot of range.

    By kcole5

    from San Jose

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged

    Cons

    • Lens Creep
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    I converted as a long time DSLR user looking for a a smaller format with more flexibility and travel portability. Handling is great but still getting used to the interface with the camera itsel' Looking forward to experimenting in new environments

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    5.0

    wow

    By LC

    from tx

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      very nice lense! dont know why it took me awhile to get it.

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      5.0

      Solid build and performance

      By d

      from San Francisco, CA

      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

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video

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

        It's pretty difficult to fault this lens in any way. Results are consistent and predictable. Feel is heavy and solid. Mounted on my EM5 mkii, the combination feels like military industrial grade tech that would survive anything. Everything about this lens is a yes. You can find technical reviews everywhere that praise it. If the range suits your style, you won't find anything better in any format.

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        5.0

        Good indoor lens

        By WMR

        from Minneapolis, MN

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light

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

          Fast shutter speed, great in low light. Use mainly for indoor sports.

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          5.0

          Best walk around lens

          By Beginner

          from Kansas City

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Great lens to get a wide range of photos.

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              • Yes

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              4.0

              Overall - fantastic

              By smcDakota

              from Cincinnati, OH

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                M43 is such a fantastic format. Coming from FF canon, this lens doesn't disappoint. I only wish it was an f/2 zoom. :)

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                5.0

                A fantastic lens

                By Hoarseradish

                from Stroudsburg, Pa

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                Pros

                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                  This is my first "pro" lens for my OMD-EM10 Mark II. It makes my little camera feel like a real camera with this attached. Up until now I have gotten great shots with my prime lenses but bought this so I can take it out for the day without switching lenses. It has a build quality which is much more substantial than the primes. it operates smoothly and I like the way manual focus engages. I'm still not sure what to do with the function button though. I wasn't sure how it would be on the entry level OMD because the camera body is so small but with the grip on the body it is "just right".

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                  1.0

                  Don't buy Olympus product

                  By Give up Oly

                  from San Francisco, CA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Is Not Reliable
                    • Lack Of Support

                    Best Uses

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

                      Don't let the PRO fool you. I have the lens for a year. It take great picture, but even normal use will not hold.
                      Sent it back to Oly for repair, wait two weeks for parts, come back with a missing screw on the lines mount. Sent it back again, and come back with the manual focus will not focus. It is wasting time. I also have EM-1 and EM-5, they all need repair.

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                      5.0

                      First Class Lens for the OMD System

                      By Bill

                      from Bernalillo, NM

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • 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:

                        I recently bought the E-M5 to test out the mft system as a smaller/lighter replacement to my apsc mirror-less cameras. I was impressed enough with the camera to get the 12-40 f/2.8 while it was on sale. I'm convinced. When I need a smaller alternative to my ff cameras, the OMD cameras with lens options like the excellent Oly 12-40 f/2.8 lens is the way to go...at least for me.

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                        4.0

                        A vast improvement over the 'kit' lens

                        By Atilla

                        from New York

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          This comes close to being a 'primary' lens as the focal length, the f2.8 aperture and the weight of the lens make it a great everyday choice. Yes, it is a bit heftier than the kit lens, but it is worth it for the added sharpness and light gathering capabilities of the lens.

                          Good things:
                          1. f2.8 maximum aperture (versus f3.5 to f5.6 for the kit lens
                          2. Sharpness.....much, much better than the kit lens
                          3. Contrast....much better than the kit lens (which is not bad)
                          4. Ease of use....excellent, especially the placement of the self-focus/automatic focus option
                          5. Weather proofing

                          Not so great things:
                          1. A bit of flare is evident in difficult lighting situations (especially backlighting)
                          2. The barrel extension at longer focal lengths takes getting used to & is not a favorite feature.

                          Overall, a very good lens. My only regret is that I waited so long before purchasing it.

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                          5.0

                          Nice and clear

                          By Macro freak

                          from Western Massachusetts

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          I gave up my 14-150 for this because the f2.8 instead of f4 to 5.6. The new lens will also do focus stacking with the firmware 4.0, and because I am a macro fan, this really delights me. It is heavier than the other lens, but is decidedly well built. The manual focus clutch is a fast way to go back and forth between auto focus and manual which really helps me taking bird pictures with branches in the way. And I can even take it out in the rain!

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                          5.0

                          Excellent Lens

                          By CJ

                          from NJ

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

                          I ordered these during Christmas and carried them on my recent trip. These lens have fast focus and very good resolution. Am satisfied so far. Still need to test it more for night shots and night sky photography. Would recommend this lens for all OMD owners.

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                          5.0

                          Best Lens in My Collection

                          By Uncle Earl

                          from Saratoga, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Portraits
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Street shooting
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

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

                            As has been noted before, this lens performs extremely well. My copy, at least, gives excellent image quality wide open at all focal lengths with virtually no chromatic abberation at 18X24 print size, no flare shooting backlit objects, nearly undetectable distortion at all focal lengths, vignetting is slight only at wider angle settings and only in the corners wide open. It balances well on my Panasonic GX8 and has very solid and attractive construction. The versatility makes it the lens I use for 90% of my shots. Bokeh is attractive, both near and far. Manual focus works a treat and is very handy for critical work. And it looks great on the GX8.

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                            5.0

                            Fast walkaround lens with smooth bokeh and fantastic IQ

                            By Josh

                            from Houston

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Tough To Attach

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            This lens has a solid build and feel to it without being too heavy. The zoom range is perfect for everyday use and makes for a good walkaround lens. Wide enough to use indoors as well. With the 2.8 Aperture it creates a nice shallow depth of field.

                            The only negative about this lens(and maybe its more on the camera I use) but it is long enough that the flash gets cutoff and you can see the outline of the lens when using on camera flash

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                            4.0

                            Makes all the difference, solid build

                            By Curt G

                            from Minneapolis MN

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                My standard "walk around" 14-150 can't compete with the speed and solid build of this lens. The added weight is well worth it.

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                                4.0

                                Equivalent 24-80 in 35mm = great travel lens

                                By dbltapp

                                from san diego, ca

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                  Especially for hiking. On an Olympus OMD E-M10 II the DXOMark = 20. Only negative is that f22 is unusable (diffraction?), even though it's not really needed with the MFT massive depth of field at larger apertures. From f2.8 to f16 it's Canon L quality sharp. And it close-focuses to about 8".

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent lens for micro 4/3

                                  By Mike

                                  from Stratford Ct

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Nice Bokeh

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

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

                                    Used for my primary zoom. Very bright and great quality.

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                                    5.0

                                    Olympus 12-40 for GH4

                                    By billy

                                    from tampa fl

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Durable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Video

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

                                      Love this Lense. My favorite to use with the GH4!

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