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

(based on 66 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (49)
  • Consistent output (40)
  • Durable (40)
  • Strong construction (40)
  • Easily interchangeable (32)

Cons

  • Heavy (16)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (43)
  • Low light (32)
  • Weddings (29)
  • Night photography (16)
  • Macro photography (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (25), Semi-pro photographer (20), Pro photographer (4), Casual photographer (3), Professional (3)
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5.0

Great lens, built like a tank!

By Danny B

from Norway

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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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5.0

I love this lens!

By JerryJ

from Kennewick, WA

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • HIgh image quality
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I purchased this as an upgrade to the Olympus 12-50mm kit lens that came with my OM-D E-M5. While I felt the 12-50mm was already under appreciated, this lens has totally blown me away with it's sharpness corner to corner, fast focus, and quality of build. Just picking it up...you know it's something special. This lens is most always attached now, only getting supplanted by my 45mm when shooting portraits, and my Panasonic 100-300mm for wildlife shots. I think my 17mm street lens will see the sun less and less (though it may come out for nighttime street photography from time to time). Bottom line...BUY THIS LENS.

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    5.0

    A thing of beauty!

    By Randy Ennis

    from Feeding Hills, MA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events

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

      I bought the 12-40 when my 12-60 4/3 lens started the dreaded "clicking" -- it started sticking sometimes and it was really annoying to get improper exposures on such a nice system. This lens has been a joy -- it's very sharp throughout the aperture range, and focuses quite quickly and surely. Also, being able to use ALL the focusing points is really nice. The renditions from this lens are sharp, with a very nice bokeh at larger apertures and close distances. The size is good and just using it, you are seduced by the nice, smooth operation and just enough "heft". Using the EM1, many of the photos I took benefited only slightly by sharpening -- they were already incredibly sharp. It's a more consistent performer for me in the focus department than the 12-60, which occasionally missed focus (although I still loved the image quality). Now if it was just a 12-60 instead of maxing at 40!

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      4.0

      Nice Lens

      By Mike in Murfreesboro

      from Murfreesboro, TN

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          The only thing it is missing is stablization. The lens is fast and clean. It is very well made.

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          5.0

          Excellent Telephoto Lens

          By Durango

          from New York, NY

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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
            • Macro Photography

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

            I really like the construction of the lens. The fact that it can tolerate wet weather is a plus!

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            5.0

            Super Useful Lens

            By FotoGyrl

            from Richmond, VA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Portraits
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              Clarity, saturation, ease of use - love this lens. Great all around lens for macro and landscapes and everything in between. Easily switches to manual focus with chuck - comes in very handy when AF doesn't want to go for it in difficult or confusing situations.

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              5.0

              Stunning.

              By prymsnap

              from Glenview, IL

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

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

                Incredibly sharp. Versatile range, gorgeous build. It's not the lightest or smallest zoom in the m43 family but the output makes you forget about the extra ounces.

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                5.0

                Zooms well for video

                By Rob Collins

                from Richmond, VA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Video

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

                    As opposed to the Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8, this lens appears to be stepless--that is, it does not adjust exposure (in manual mode) when zooming, as the Panasonic does. This is great for doing little pop zooms while shooting video. Alas, the Panasonic has stabilization--this lens does not...

                    And of course, as the other reviews say, it's a beautiful lens otherwise.

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                    5.0

                    Well made, Solid and Sharp

                    By Steve

                    from Boston, MA

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                    Pros

                    • Comes With Nice Hood
                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Smooth Solid Feel

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    This lens is on my camera more than any other because it is fast and sharp over a very useful zoom range. Also, since I often take pictures in the rain, its splash-proof construction, along with my splash-proof EM-1 means I can work in the rain without any plastic bags covering my equipment. I find the manual focus to be very useful in low light. The autofocus is silent and fast when there is enough light. I do use a .9 neutral density filter during the day when I want a small depth of field. At f2.8, backgrounds can be nicely out of focus while the subject is sharp. Finally, the lens can focus at a very close distance, giving almost macro performance.

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                    5.0

                    Tiny and sharp

                    By phlash46

                    from Montrose, NY

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      This is my walk around lens on an EM-1, taking the place of a former 24-70 on a D610 and D700. The lens is tiny next to a 24-70 and just as sharp. Wonderful colors and detail in a tiny package.

                      The only problem is Oly not including hoods with most of their lenses...???

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                      4.0

                      As advertised

                      By jim the runner

                      from san diego, ca

                      About Me Photography Student

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        Sharp and versatle.

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                        5.0

                        PRETTY SWEET

                        By Infared

                        from Planet Earth

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              Doesn't get much better than this!

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                              5.0

                              Terrific

                              By cottonm

                              from central WI

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

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

                                What more can be said about this lens? The reviews have been so great that I rented it for a recent vacation. After a single day I knew I was going to go home, sell a few old things, and buy it. It is all the things you'd want: sharp, great color & contrast, fast.It feels good on the EM-1 though I wish it was a little bit lighter. I really like the push-pull focus ring for quick MF. I could go out & buy all the slightly faster fix length lens in this range & end up pay more. But I'm a zoom guy and this range is how I see things. Love it.

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                                5.0

                                Pro quality Lens

                                By Mario23

                                from FLA

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                Perfect for one lens carry situations or travel. Fast at 2.8 and great images out of the box. EM10 users will definitely want the added grip.

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                                5.0

                                Excellent Lens, Canon "L" Quality

                                By Reflections Design

                                from Millersburg, IN

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                This is the best m4/3 lens I've used. I've owned several Canon "L" lens (canon 24-105L, 70-200 F4L, 35-350mm L, 28-80mm 2.8-4 L) and this is just as sharp (maybe even sharper than them) The autofocus is quick. I love the quick manual focus feature. I wish all the m/4/3 lens could do this. I've very impress with the lens.

                                Build quality is excellent and it feels like a quality pro lens.

                                For a Micro 4/3 lens it's a little heavy but when comparing it to a canon L it's light.

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                                5.0

                                Pro quality zoom

                                By Eric

                                from Glencoe, IL

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                                Pros

                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Rugged

                                Cons

                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Wildlife Photos

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

                                Excellent handling wide to mild telephoto zoom. Constant f2.8 aperture allows shallower depth of field and low light imaging. Easily switches between auto and manual focus. A bit larger and heavier than idea as a walk around lens.

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                                5.0

                                Great Lens

                                By Wally

                                from Atlanta

                                About Me Pro Photographer

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events

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

                                  The focal length (24 - 80 equivalent) is perfect for portrait shoots. This is a quality lens, very well made with smooth zoom.

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                                  5.0

                                  High Quality M43 Lens

                                  By MN Photog

                                  from MN

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                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Heavy

                                  Best Uses

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

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

                                  Sharp from 2.8 on all through the range. It's everything a 2.8 pro lens is supposed to be - comparable to my old reliable Nikon 17-55 in IQ.

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent all around lens

                                  By Jay

                                  from Fremont CA

                                  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

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Video
                                    • Weddings/Events

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

                                    Nice to have it when traveling.

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                                    5.0

                                    A must for M43

                                    By Rene

                                    from Amherst, MA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • Heavy

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Weddings/Events

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

                                    I've been using an Olympus OMS-E5 for about 2 years now with a pretty good set of primes and the kit zoom. But I found I needed a little more room at the wide end and something faster than the 14-42mm,3.5-5.6 kit zoom offered. I spent a fair amount of time and energy looking at the options (getting 12mm and 25mm primes, looking at the Panasonic offerings, etc.) as I was a little put off by the weight and price of this lens. After trying the 25mm and finding it not to my liking, I decided to go all in and purchase this lens. I have to say I fell in love with it right away and have been incredibly impressed by its sharpness which is like that of the Olympus 45mm.

                                    Yes, it is a little heavy for my aging, arthritic hands, but the positives far outweigh that issue and I'm having fun finding ways to adapt. This lens has not come off my camera since its purchase except when doing macro work and, BTW, the macro capability of this lens is amazing. Just for fun, I switched out my 60mm macro lens for this one and was quite surprised by the results. It's not a true macro, but in certain situations it serves quite well.

                                    I can recommend this lens to anyone with a M43 camera (note, no lens stabilization as it is an Olympus lens) as a "Can't do without" lens.

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