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OlympusM. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens
 
4.8

(based on 198 reviews)

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    (173)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (137)
  • Strong construction (121)
  • Durable (109)
  • Consistent output (94)
  • Rugged (85)

Cons

  • Heavy (31)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (117)
  • Low light (92)
  • Weddings (80)
  • Night photography (48)
  • Video (41)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (70), Semi-pro photographer (56), Pro photographer (15), Casual photographer (13), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (156), 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

Great glass.

By DRB

from USA

Verified Buyer

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

Fast, small and quality glass.

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5.0

Great Lens

By hochaos

from Tucson, AZ

Verified Buyer

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

Very nice versatile lens. Excellent build quality with very solid feel. That build quality comes with a slight cost, however: The lens is a little on the heavy side for a MFT system (13.5 oz).

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5.0

A must-have for the EM-5 Mark II

By Mustang Mike

from Murrells Inlet SC

Verified Buyer

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

Recently purchased a EM-5 Mark II and was very impressed with this very versatile and compact mirror-less. However was not all that happy with the image sharpness and overall quality using the consumer 14-42 mm Zuiko lens I bought with it, not much better than any brand X point and shoot. The purchase of the 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens solved that and then some. On 8 x 10 prints I could not discern any significant difference between the EM-5 MII and a Nikon D610 full frame, 24-85 mm f/3.5 for walk around and landscape images and came very close to my Nikkor 105mm F/2.8 closeups on the D610. The full frame Nikon will surpass it of course in enlargements.

Bottom line: This lens is a must have if you will be purchasing an Olympus mirrorless; you will not be happy with anything less on this camera.

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3.0

I really wanted to like this lens, but

By Early Micro Convert

from Central CA

Verified Reviewer

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

I have been waiting to purchase this lens for a while, and I finally did when the price dropped recently. I had hopes that this could be a great all-around lens AND MAYBE my primary go-to, walk-around, take anywhere lens when I didn't want to pack a couple primes and have to worry about changing lens while I was out. It comes close, but after a few weeks of use it hasn't lived up to my expectations. For one, it's heavy! I know there's a lot of glass in there and that is what gives you the resolution and f stop that you want, but it changes the micro camera concept into more of a small DSLR. To me, its not a comfortable sacrifice. Secondly, I haven't been that impressed with the low light quality. It definitely doesn't rival any of the primes that I have been using for that purpose and I feel like it cost me a lot of possible shots because of noise or blown out highlights(in a darker theater environment.) Accidentally bumping the manual focus ring has cost me some quick focus shots for sure. This will not end up as my go-to lens and it's weight will keep it off my camera as my default lens, so now I am pondering what its long range purpose will be, and for me that's when I start thinking that even though its a very high quality lens... it might not have a place in my lens lineup. It was wishful thinking that it could accomplish wide landscape, people shots and low-light evening and not have any flaws. My Bad.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My favorite go-to lens

By anitao

from Carrollton, TX

Verified Buyer

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

I love this lens. As I get older, and my back gets worse, I just can't haul my DSLR system around any more. I've gone to the Olympus E-M1 almost exclusively. This is the lens I use the most. It's sharp as a tack, and very fast. I love it so much that when I knocked my tripod over on a large rock, and took a chunk out of the middle of it, I ordered another immediately. I just can't be without it!

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5.0

Good lens

By Elaycee

from Sacramento, CA

Verified Buyer

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

Love how fast this lens is and therefore how well it performs in low light.

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5.0

Excellent Lens

By Chitown Strummer

from Chicago

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is one of the sharpest mid range zoom lens of any type I've ever owned including full frame lenses from Nikon.

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5.0

Buy it!

By Shorty

from New Tork

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

What a sharp lens! And so very small compared to my big full frame set up with the equivalent lens.
Not many drawbacks on this lens except one. The manual focus clutch mechanism gets knocked in and out of operation when putting it in and out of my camera bag. No big deal but one must double check if you want auto focus right out of the bag for a quick shot.

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5.0

Great Lens

By jperino

from Nerw Jersey

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

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:

    This has to be one of Olympus' best lenses. If you only get one lens, this is the one to get. It's not too big and heavy and mates beautifully with the OMD system. Great crisp and clear pics.

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    • No

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    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Solid Lens

    By Kurtis in CA

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    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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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Absolutely solid lens

      By Andy

      from Longmont, CO

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      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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      • No

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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

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      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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        • No

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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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            • No

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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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • 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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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  A fantastic lens

                  By Hoarseradish

                  from Stroudsburg, Pa

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  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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                    • No

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                    (3 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Don't buy Olympus product

                    By Give up Oly

                    from San Francisco, CA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    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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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        First Class Lens for the OMD System

                        By Bill

                        from Bernalillo, NM

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        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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