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

(based on 118 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (80)
  • Durable (68)
  • Strong construction (68)
  • Consistent output (62)
  • Rugged (55)

Cons

  • Heavy (21)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (67)
  • Low light (55)
  • Weddings (50)
  • Night photography (30)
  • Macro photography (25)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (42), Semi-pro photographer (33), Pro photographer (8), Casual photographer (6), Professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (95)

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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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

Fantastic Lens

By Traveler Rich

from Southern California

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Nice Feel On The Camera
  • 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 wanted this lens for travel and also to take photographs of a new grandkid. The skin tones and sharpness of this lens is equal to any of the Canon L-series lenses I own. It rivals the Canon 85mm 1.2 at half the weight. The build quality is excellent. I realize that it is more expensive than other Olympus lenses; however, you will see a marked difference in quality. Realize that this lens is a f2.8 throughout the zoom range. Its low light capability is incredible. The other zoom lenses are f4.5 to 5.6...this will make a difference in a low light situation. If you like a shallow depth of field, this is the lens for you.

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    5.0

    a joy

    By Ballentyne Larry

    from Charlotte NC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

      Great auto-focus speed, smooth zoom

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      5.0

      This lens is superb

      By F8&ready

      from Texas

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

      • Hiking
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Walk Around
      • Walk Around Hiking
      • Weddings/Events

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

      Over the past 35 years I have used numerous lens for film and digital cameras. This lens ranks at the very top of my list. I learned long ago to buy the best lenses and spend less on the camera body. The lens is the secret sauce not the camera body. I rented this lens for 4 days and tested it against my Pentax prime lenses on a K5 body using a tripod and the equivalent focal length,Fstop and shutter speed. All were shot in RAW and JPEG. At its widest focal length,(24mm) it was sharper than my Pentax 15mm lens. At settings equal to 35, 50 and 75mm the Pentax and Olympus were equal. This convinced me to buy the Olympus lens because of its size, weight and sharpness.

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      5.0

      Best lens I have

      By Hiker

      from TN.

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

      I needed a wide zoom that was fast. B&H is the best place to do business with.
      This is the sharpest lens I have ever had. It is sharper than my 45 1.8 lens.
      Olympus PRO lens are the best made.

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      5.0

      As expected, excellent!

      By Tellib

      from Parker, co

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

      I just got the lens and have started to put it throughout the paces on the EM1. It is tinge heavier because it is a solidly built lens and excellent for travel . I rolled both the camera and lens off a boulder and no issues. I always felt like a minority in being a fan of Olympus products, but this lens supports why...it's fast on the focus, my pictures look sharp, and i can drag it anywhere i want. Admittedly I haven't used the function button on the lens but expect I will add and learn more on that shortly. I've used it more outdoors so far for landscape sort of pictures . I've sampled a couple stills and they look good with nice bokeh . I'm excited to take more pictures!

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      5.0

      Great all purose lens

      By Dan

      from Wellington, New Zealand

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

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

        The first thing I noticed was the weight ... I tend to use either the Olympus 45mm 1.8 or the Panasonic 20mm 1.7 on my GH4 and GX7, so it was a bit of a shock putting on the 12-40mm. But I needed a zoom lens for video documentary and it was either this or the Panasonic 12-35mm.

        In the end I went for the Olympus. When you pull it back, the focus ring has hard stops and supports repeatable focus which I really need. Focus pulling on most m43 lenses is next to impossible. The Panny has IS, but with my initial tests I managed to get ok hand-held footage - and on sticks it won't be an issue at all.

        I'm really impressed with the quality of the image. In a perfect world I could get a shallower DOF, but I went with m45 knowing its limitations and I love this lens

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        5.0

        Great Lense

        By The Saint

        from Brookings, OR

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        I appreciate this lense. I can shoot close to macro, then pan out for a wide shot and zoom in on animal or bird life without a lense change.

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        5.0

        Great lens

        By dave w

        from Painesville ohio

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

        Great quality lens. Got it on sale for $ off. Did on online chat with a guy from B & and the recommended this lens for my GH4. Very happy and the pictures and video are clean and sharp.

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        5.0

        Simply Amazing

        By Pistol Pete

        from All over

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        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

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

          I'm a professional cinematographer/photographer so I bought a GH4 to have 4k footage and high res photographs. I used a handful of lenses before getting this lens, mft, canon L, sony G series and this is hands down the finest lens I have ever used. Lightning fast AF, beautiful bokeh, built like a tank, supremely sharp, awesome colors and is 24-80 f2.8 lens. You want to unleash the true beauty and power of the gh4, buy this lens. As long as I have a mft system I will never sell this lens.

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          5.0

          Watch out for that manual focus clutch

          By MaltbyBlu

          from Maltby, Washington

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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

                I'm probably the only one that does this, but i didnt bother reading the manual and just stuck the lens on and started shooting. Imagine my horror when all of a sudden my camera refused to autofocus, at a photo shoot no less! I even returned the lens for repair! (My vision is not correctable to 20/20 so I have to rely on autofocus)
                Now I know about the autofocus clutch, which is easily moved accidently (wish there was a 'lock'), just be sure to check your results.
                Love the lens - next time I'll read the manual.

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                5.0

                Excellent lens

                By Birdphoto

                from Mason, OH

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

                I bought this lens in order to have s zoom that was weatherproof and a larger maximum aperture compared to the kit. I Bought this at the B&H retail store since I was in NYC. However the price tag hadeget out of line a couple of times.

                I am so glad I purchased this lens. It is rock solid, the manual focus overide is sweet, and it renders images beautifully.

                I will admit that it is not a small lens like I'm used to for m43. This lens is about the size of a DSLR kit lens, but heavier. I suggest you get this lens without trepidation because it is s real performer.

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                5.0

                Excellent partner with OM-D_1

                By Elder enthusiast

                from Sanibel, FL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                  This is a crisp focusing lens with excellent IQ. Pairs beautifully with the OM-D-1.

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                  5.0

                  Great Glass

                  By Richard

                  from Boston, MA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      I really like this new lens it is clear and fast!

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                      5.0

                      You can't avoid lens weight

                      By George

                      from Haymarket, VA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy
                      • Large And Bulky

                      Best Uses

                      • Everything But But Large
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography

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

                      I am an a photography enthusiast that learns the art by making poor pictures and finding out why. I own an Olympus OMD M10 with kit lenses for quality shooting and a Leica C for the camera you always have with you. In good light both work well. In low light, neither works well with long exposures and high ISO settings on a tripod that give fuzzy pictures at about 1/3 sec exposures. That is why I just invested $$$ for "good" glass. After about 50 pictures I am amazed at the picture improvement in sharpness and color witht the 12-40 F2.8 PRO lens. MY only complaint is the size and weight of the well made lens. But I guess it is true science that you just can't avoid the weight if you really want pro results. While the 4/3 appraoch is still lighter and smaller, it is still bulky and heavy, but I love the pictures!

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                      5.0

                      Versatile and High Quality

                      By Julian H.

                      from SF Bay, California

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            This is a great and versatile lens, with a few caveats. Most of the issues of note with this lens have less to do with the lens itself and more to do with the format itself.

                            The Positives
                            - Relatively fast constant aperture.
                            - 24-80mm (35mm equivalent) focal length is versatile for daily use.
                            - Construction is metal, durable, and well assembled.
                            - Comes with a bayonet-mount petal hood. Hoods are not always a given with Olympus (shame on them).
                            - Demarcated focus with distance scale and freewheel focus. You can select by pulling the focus ring back or pushing it forward. A nifty feature.
                            - Additional programmable function button on the lens.
                            - Very sharp across the field, good contrast, color, and clarity.

                            The Negatives
                            - Included lens cap is center-pinch only, no edge-pinch. I find this slightly annoying.
                            - Pro branding is somewhat ostentatious.
                            - Lens is a bit heavy and a bit large for MFT. Note it is still compact compared to other formats. It just might be a bit front heavy for a very small MFT camera, it is quite at home on my E-M5.

                            My last negative is a result of the design choices of both the system and the lens. The depth of field achieved by MFT cameras at f/2.8 is very usable. Expect to shoot this lens wide open practically all the time. However, as the light begins to decrease you can not crank the ISO all that much before you begin to introduce lots of noise and ruin the chroma accuracy. This means the low light capability of the lens is somewhat limited and you will want to reach to f/1.4 or better to really realize good exposures in low light.

                            Overall this is a great lens, my cons list is entirely made of pedantry. A perfect companion to any of the more substantial MFT cameras such as the E-M10, GH4, or E-M1. It will still work great with cameras like the E-P5 and GM1, but it will be a bit front-heavy. Quality is high, very usable in many situations, good focal length range. Heartily recommended.

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                            5.0

                            Awesome lens

                            By Jeff

                            from Salt Lake City

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery

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

                              Great lens. Just used it quite a bit on a trip to Hawaii. Good for scenery as well as some pseudo macro shots.

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                              5.0

                              Superb for most of your shooting needs

                              By Fotomatix

                              from Montreal, Canada

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Pros

                              • Bright
                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Sharp
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Expensive

                              Best Uses

                              • Candid photography
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Street photography
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              I use this as my main 'go to' lens for most 'everyday' situations. I shoot candid photography, portraits, street photography, and social settings. The results are sharp and bright. The lens responds quickly and has a very practical manual to auto focus 'quick snap' ring right on the body. It is made mostly of metal and has a very high quality build (hence the 'pro' designation). Weather sealing is great.

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                              4.0

                              Fantastic Lens

                              By SK

                              from Brooklyn, NY

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                  Absolutely a professional quality lens

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                                  5.0

                                  A must-have for the E-M1

                                  By Photophil

                                  from Cumming, GA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

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

                                    I am so glad I spurged and bought this lens with my E-M1. In nearly 2 months, it has not been off the camera. This lens is easily as good or better than my Canon L glass.The lens is extremely well built and weather sealed (as is the E-M1). The zoom ring is buttery smooth, yet has enough drag that there's no chance of zoom creep. The focus ring is also smooth. Olympus has incorporated a clever and very convenient method of manual focus. just put the focus ring back, a distance scale is exposed, and the camera/lens is in manual focus mode. One draw-back to this: If you forget and leave the ring in the manual facus position, you might think the camera's auto focus is broken. Dumb, I know, but it has happened to me and others. The front of the lens does extend as it is zoomed, but not by much. The included lens hood snaps on with two lugs on either side. I've heard others say that the hood was prone to falling off, but I've not had that problem. The lens cap is solidly made and snaps into the front of the lens by squeezing the two lugs in the front face. Sometimes I've had a little trouble getting the lens cap to seat properly. The lens also has a lens function button, but I've not found a good use for it yet.By comparison, I have the Canon 17-40 L lens which covers about the same zoom range, although they are for different cameras. While the 12-40 f2.8 Pro lens is a bit more expensive, it is smaller,lighter, faster by 1 stop, and it focuses closer and faster. Another example: the full-frame Canon 24-70 f2.8 L lens has about the same field of view as the 12-40 f2.8 Pro. The latter is about half the size and weight, about half the price and every bit as good as the former. So even though the Oly lens seems expensive, it really isn't when you compare it with similar lenses in other formats.Autofocus is very fast, and it is tack sharp, even at f2.8. I'm sure it is even better stopped down, but so far the most I've stopped down was about f3.5. It is easily as sharp as my 45 f1.8, which used to be my go-to low light lens, but not any more. If you have decided to purchase the spectacular E-M1, you need this lens to go with it.

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                                    3.0

                                    Check Your Copy Carefully

                                    By wsu

                                    from Austin, TX

                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                    • Blurry Focus

                                    Best Uses

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

                                      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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