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

(based on 130 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (88)
  • Strong construction (78)
  • Durable (74)
  • Consistent output (65)
  • Rugged (62)

Cons

  • Heavy (22)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (74)
  • Low light (60)
  • Weddings (52)
  • Night photography (34)
  • Video (27)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (48), Semi-pro photographer (36), Pro photographer (8), Casual photographer (7), Professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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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

WOW!!

By Vitalspark

from Redmond WA.

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
    • Night Photography
    • Video

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

    My first MFT lens since changing from Nikon FF DSLR & DX lenses too. This is one of the smoothest action, crisp lenses I have ever had. Its as good as some of my Nikon primes! The f2.8 thru the zoom range is excellent. Color edition bokeh it is right up there with the best.
    OK its heavy but not as heavy as my Nikkor 18-200 so since I found I never used the 200 end works great.
    Its expensive & worth it! Splash proof too.

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    5.0

    Nice lens

    By Tycoon

    from McComb, Ms

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Just recieved the lens and went out and shot. Love what I have seen. The lens has a great feel, very balanced with the camera, and fits my hand perfect. The first shots I played with have been extremely sharp. Love the focus speed of the lens with camera. I traded my full size Canon 28 L series lens for Olympus and glad I did. The only thing I find a little problem is lens cap does not snap to lens as tight as I would like. I would recommend this lens.

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      5.0

      Really Great

      By Terry

      from Orinda, CA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Lightweight
      • Sharp
      • Small
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

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

        I recently bought an OM-D E-M5 camera with the 14-42mm EZ zoom for travel because my Nikon D-610 with a 24-70mm lens attached just seemed a bit too big and heavy for family vacations. I love the compactness of the 14-42mm EZ, and still use it when I need a compact camera that out performs my iPhone, but the sharpness of the EZ zoom just wasn't enough to persuade me to leave my Nikon at home. However, with this 12-40mm f/2.8 lens attached, I'm not forced to compromise on image quality when using my OM-D instead of my Nikon. This lens is sharp, fast, light, well made, and a joy to use. I tested the image quality against my Nikon and with this lens, the Olympus can really hold up. There are advantages that a full frame sensor provide that a u43 just can't (it's physics), but with this lens I'm very satisfied with the image quality I can get from my OM-D. If like me you are interested in a small and light high quality camera and lens, I highly recommend an Olympus OM-D and the Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 lens.

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        4.0

        Nice Lens!

        By Brad

        from Birmingham, AL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Video

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

          PROS: Great range and very compact vs. Nikon 24-70. Manual focus override is brilliant and is a joy to use. Very sharp in center and corners at all focal lengths. Fuction button comes in very handy and can be used to pull focus during video recording. Superb build qualily. Well worth the price.

          CONS: Very unatttractive flare when facing stong backlight.

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          5.0

          What a Terrific Lens!

          By True Believer

          from St Louis

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • 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 waited more than a year to pull the trigger on this lens, then bought it with an E-M5 ii. The 12-40 is the ideal walk-around lens for the new Oly; images are tack sharp and often stunning. This is a quality MFT optic with genuine heft; I'm loving it so far. Sorry now that I made myself wait.

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            5.0

            Superb Optic

            By Keith

            from Albuquerque, NM

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              Excellent lens. Superb build and optics. The feel of this lens is excellent. It balances very nicely on a OM-D EM-5 Mark II. Extremely fast/accurate focusing. Great to have f/2.8 throughout the zoom range. The manual focusing "clutch" is great and implemented very well. Image quality is on par with the best of the lenses I own (largely Canon L series).

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              5.0

              Must-have lens

              By C.L.

              from Los Angeles

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

              What are you waiting for just get one

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              5.0

              Great so far

              By AThiker57

              from Ohio

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  Bought with my new em5ii as a kit and got a great price. Build quality has been top notch with a professional, solid feel. Image quality is also great. Best glass that I have bought to date.

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                  5.0

                  Amazing Lens

                  By RogerDale55

                  from Irving Texas

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • 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:

                    Great walk around lens for my E-M10

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    What a quality zoom shoukd be

                    By Trusted Traveler

                    from Portland, OR

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • 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:

                      This lens will make you question fast primes. This 12-40mm is an extremely useful focal length and is sharp from center to edge with beautiful cotrast and color rendition. I took a walk about town yesterday with just this lens and a Panny 35-100mm.
                      Did not need a prime at all.

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                      5.0

                      Superb lens

                      By Gene

                      from Eastern Washington

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                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            I have had this lens for about three weeks and have shot probably around 500 photos with it. I'm using it on a OM-D E-M10. It looks a little large on the camera and is heavier than the 14-42 kit lens that came with the camera, but is not awkward to use.

                            It is extremely sharp wide open across the entire frame. The color and definition are outstanding.

                            I'm primarily a user of Canon DSLR gear and have a 6D with the Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II lens. The Olympus lens is every bit as high quality as the Canon lens for less than half the price. The build is first rate. It looks and feels like a very high quality item. The image quality is stunningly good.

                            When I saw the first shots from this lens I was absolutely amazed at the quality. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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                            5.0

                            Great quality

                            By Global Traveler

                            from Indianapolis IN

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

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

                              Recently purchased the lens as my go to everyday lens, couldn't be happier with the overall image qualit and the build quality of the lens. Ficus is super quick and sharp. Really please with the purchase and can't wait to get the 40-150 Pro

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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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                                  • No

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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

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  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

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    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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