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

BH #OL124028ED • MFR #V314060BU000
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens
Key Features
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 24-80mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • 1 Aspherical ED & 2 Aspherical Elements
A flexible zoom covering a popular focal length range, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO from Olympus is a wide-to-portrait-length 24-80mm equivalent lens for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. Its sophisticated optical design, which includes a variety of aspherical, low dispersion, and high refractive index elements, reduces both chromatic and spherical aberrations throughout the zoom range for notable clarity, sharpness, and color accuracy. A ZERO lens coating has also been applied to improve contrast when working in strong lighting conditions. Beyond the advanced lens design, this zoom is also characterized by its constant f/2.8 maximum aperture, as well as its durable weather-sealed construction for working in a variety of conditions. Additionally, a Movie & Still Compatible autofocus system achieves fast, smooth, and silent focusing performance, and a manual focus clutch affords instant switching between focusing methods.
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Overview

A flexible zoom covering a popular focal length range, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO from Olympus is a wide-to-portrait-length 24-80mm equivalent lens for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. Its sophisticated optical design, which includes a variety of aspherical, low dispersion, and high refractive index elements, reduces both chromatic and spherical aberrations throughout the zoom range for notable clarity, sharpness, and color accuracy. A ZERO lens coating has also been applied to improve contrast when working in strong lighting conditions. Beyond the advanced lens design, this zoom is also characterized by its constant f/2.8 maximum aperture, as well as its durable weather-sealed construction for working in a variety of conditions. Additionally, a Movie & Still Compatible autofocus system achieves fast, smooth, and silent focusing performance, and a manual focus clutch affords instant switching between focusing methods.

Standard wide-angle to portrait-length zoom lens is designed for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras and provides a 24-80mm equivalent focal length range.
Constant f/2.8 maximum aperture enables consistent low-light performance and selective focus control throughout the zoom range.
The lens construction integrates one aspherical ED (extra-low dispersion) element, two aspherical elements, one DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) element, two extra-low dispersion elements, one HD element, and two HR (high-refractive index) elements into its design to minimize aberrations, distortion, and color fringing throughout the zoom range while also contributing to overall image sharpness, clarity, and color accuracy.
A ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating has been applied to individual elements to minimize lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.
Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) autofocus system benefits both photo and video applications due to its smooth, quiet, and fast performance.
Manual focus clutch lets you quickly pull the focusing ring into place for direct, intuitive focus control.
Programmable L-Fn (lens function) button for easily accessible settings adjustment.
Dust-, freeze-, and drip-proof design ensure the lens' performance in inclement and harsh conditions.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm produces a smooth bokeh quality.
UPC: 050332186835

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

Focal Length12 to 40mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24 to 80mm)
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Lens Format CoverageMicro Four Thirds
Angle of View84° to 30°
Minimum Focus Distance7.87" / 20 cm
Maximum Magnification0.3x
Optical Design14 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size62 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.75 x 3.31" / 69.9 x 84 mm
Length at Maximum Extension4.44" / 112.8 mm
Weight13.47 oz / 382 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.7 x 4.7 x 3.2"

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

7.5-40mm would be the dream, otherwise FANTASTIC

By Nick
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-29

Moving from a wide 7.5mm (14mm) lens to a 12 (24mm) lens, is okayyyyyyyyy, but I still get about double the FOV (field of view) it seems using my old lens still. This lens however does have way more versatility which I LOVE, but would be my absolute FAVORITE lens if it was a tad bit wider. I do love how this lens is a macro lens though, I can be so close to the camera and still get focus. Another huge positive of this lens is having a constant aperture, f/2.8 throughout the focal range, IT'S GREAT. Again, if it was 7.5-40mm, darn it would be a masterpiece all stop lens for me.

Autofocus is an issue but otherwise a beautiful lens

By Stephanie
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-02

I have taken some fantastic pictures with this lens however, the autofocus has caused this lens to take its resting place in my camera bag. Disappointed for the price.

Great lens for micro four thirds!

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-03

Exactly what we needed in a tight space. A lot more throw that you'd think for the sensor size. Image is sharp and clean. Focus rings are also pretty smooth with not a lot of tension.

Beautiful Images, Cheap Body

By Adam
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-21

I've loved this lens for the images it produces, but I barely bumped this and the base that mounts to the lens almost fell apart. Now it has to go be repaired for a pretty penny. I've banged up some stuff in the past and understand how to be careful, but for the little bump this took, it was kind of ridiculous how much damage was done.

A versatile starter lens with some warped edges wide

By Jesse
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-30

It's a rock solid starter lens for your MFT camera and it's light enough that one can use it with the BMPCC4K and a single-operator gimbal. That said, there is minor warping at the wider settings so get ready for that. Nothing offensive, just enough to notice if you're looking for it.

Worth Every Penny

By Philip
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-21

I have used this lens primarily for travel and landscape photography. It is excellent. Resolution, speed, size, weight all contribute to make this a great primary zoom choice. I have shot Northern Lights, in the rain, in low light (handheld to half a second), and can print gorgeous 17 x 22 prints with my Epson P-800. No super technical review, just that edge to edge my 17 x 22 prints shot with this lens (and the OMD-EM1- MKii) look terrific. That's all I need.

Excellent, sharp lens

By Loraine
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-15

The zoom range is perfect for landscape and portrait photos. I can hand hold at down to a 2 second exposure and get sharp pictures.

Versatile Lens, Even for (most) Action

By Luke
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-12

For reference, I've been using this with the M1 Mk. II for the past 2 years now, and it's literally been my only lens in that time, so I can't offer much in the way of comparisons. With that said, during that time, I've shot 22,600+ images, the vast majority of which were while skiing, mountain biking, fly fishing, and trail running. I wanted a single lens that could handle most of the shots I need to take, and this lens has done that very, very well, for what it is. I just purchased the Panasonic 35-100mm F2.8 since the main downside I have with my current setup is needing to get way too close to the subjects for certain shots, which can get a bit dicey when they're skiing / riding / casting directly at me. But the 12-40 mm F/2.8 has proven surprisingly versatile. Wide enough for very close-up action, just enough zoom so that I (usually) don't get run over by the subject, and plenty sharp for what I do (primarily digital publishing, no big prints). The full-range F/2.8 has proven really useful compared to my last, cheap kit lens, and especially for biking where light is often limited in denser forests. While I'm far from a lens expert, what I can attest to is this lens's durability — at least in my experience. I am embarrassingly bad when it comes to taking care of my camera gear. Last winter, I skied a full season (with the camera probably ~60 days) with it in a regular ski backpack and basically no additional protection. Then I spent a summer biking with it in a non-padded hip pack. And I like skiing and biking way more than I like taking pictures, so while I won't deliberately flip or spin while I have my camera, I definitely still ride hard with it. This past year I finally got padded cases for it while skiing and biking, but that has not prevented it from getting blasted with snow and dirt while shooting. I'm really bad in terms of remembering to zip my backpack closed before shooting, which means the interior is rarely snow-free when I put the camera back inside. After all that, I have not had a single durability issue with this lens. IMO, that's either just really good luck, or the lens I have is very durable.  Downsides? It's expensive, though I managed to get it with the M1 when Olympus did a ~$800 discount on the package, so that was fortunately not a big issue for me personally.  Based on the other reviews, it sounds like the auto-focus may be sub-par. As I noted above, I haven't used another lens to compare (yet), so I don't know if it's just this lens, the M1, or neither, but I will say I'm often wishing for quicker auto-focusing while shooting very-close action shots. I've easily gotten used to this, and just have to set up the shot / autofocus where I think the best image from a burst will be, but it'd be cool if it was faster and more reliable. IMO, not a huge deal since I've been able to adapt, but it seems like a possible area for improvement. Overall, this lens has held up very well to legitimate abuse, I've been able to become a better photographer with it, and I'll be continuing to use it as my wider-angle lens going forward.

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