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

(based on 217 reviews)

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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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4.0

yes I like the lens.It picture is sharp.

By Geo

from Houston

Verified Buyer

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

A great lens. But the auto focusing is that not great.

 
5.0

Had been using the consumer 12-40mm f/4.0

By rowbear97

from New York, NY

Verified Buyer

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

I had been using the 12-40mm f/4.0 and was very satisfied with the results. Recently replaced with this lens and I regret not making the change earlier.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent lens!

By Kathy

from New Berlin, WI

Verified Buyer

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

I use this lens a lot of the time on my OM-D EM5 Mark II and love it. It seems to be very sharp and I like that it's an f/2.8 for lower lighting conditions. It zooms very smoothly too, like all of Olympus's PRO zoom lenses.

 
5.0

So Very Good

By Larry

from Undisclosed

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

I recently purchased this lens as an add-on to my order of an Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II. Having been away from photography for a number of years, I chose to spend the extra money on a PRO series lens. I was quite impressed with the quality of images possible from this lens. As I figure out how to operate the camera, I am certain the lens will produce even better images.

 
5.0

Great all around lens. Built like a tank. My daily lens.

By Benjamin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I am a hobby photographer, and enjoy shooting landscapes and portraits of family/friends. I used to shoot a lot more action/motorsports, but have transitions to calmer photography. This lens is paired with my Olympus OMD EM5 mark ii. It is a fantastic all around lens, and although heavy compared to many others, the fixed 2.8 makes it worth it in my opinion. I have heard people discuss the sharpness of this lens in a negative manner, but I have found it to not only be sufficiently sharp, but very sharp for a zoom lens.

Please keep in mind for those coming from APS-C or full frame cameras that M4/3 is a smaller sensor and thus the aperture is one full stop less for purposes of depth of field control (as in with all M4/3 lenses). This lens will NOT act like a 2.8 on a full frame, and that should be expected due to the sensor size. That being said, bokeh is not a problem if you shoot 2.8 at 40mm(80mm equiv). Just don't expect to get Full Frame F2.8 performance at 12mm.

This lens is on my camera about as much as my 45mm 1.8, and is the only lens I take out with me walking around for general photography.

I hesitate to give anything 5 stars, but I really enjoy this lens.

 
5.0

I use this every day.

By Wells

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

My every day lands.

 
5.0

Extremely happy!

By Richard Schwanhausser

from Roanoke, VA

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

I purchased this lens three weeks ago from B&H when it was on sale to use with my E-M10 and take on a European cruise this spring. I shoot landscapes with a FF Nikon setup and am used to shooting with various Nikon lenses, 24-70mm, 60mm micro, 85mm F1.8, 50mm F1.8, etc. I mainly use the micro 4/3's system for family events, but after shooting for three weeks with this lens i doubt the 24-70 will get much use in the future! It constantly amazes me how the Olympus primes, and this zoom, are sharp wide open! This lens is as good wide open as it gets and covers a very useful range - can't wait for Europe.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Lens + Extremely Sharp

By Joyce

from Undisclosed

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

At first, I didn't believe that I would put down this much money for this lens since I'm not a professional photographer. However, after using the Olympus 14-42mm kit lens for a while, I was not satisfied with the clarity of my photographs (and the lens overall). Honestly, I wish I bought this lens with my camera body much earlier. It has an amazing metal construction build, the glass is extremely clear and high quality, the zoom range is very useful, and the F2.8 stop is also useful. I used this camera in rain and snow with no problems.

The lens is expensive, quite large, heavier than most Micro Four Third lenses I've used, and it makes a rubbery noise when zooming in and out. These are minor cons compared to what this lens does for your photographs (which are so sharp at even 100% crop). This lens added to my Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II body makes a full weatherproof camera. It's a pleasure to use.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Fast Lens! Low light levels are no longer a problem.

By Shooter

from Boulder Colorado

Verified Buyer

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

I'm looking forward to many years of having this lens!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The great walk around lens.

By Bob.D

from Georgia

Verified Buyer

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

I have had the lens for only 2 weeks, I used a 4/3 12-60 lens on my em-1 and it worked well but much heavier.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Seems better than the Panasonic 12-35

By Barry

from Undisclosed

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

I compared this to my copy of the Panasonic 12-35 and must say that it appears sharper across the field with the exception of 40 mm where the center region is not quite as sharp as the Panny at 35 mm when both are used at 2.8  The Olympus is a little heavier but also focusses closer and works better with the new omd em1 ii.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So far so good

By Ash

from Undisclosed

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

The lens is responsive and fairly sharp

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Top zoom lens with tonnes of versatility

By Christopher

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I've only had the lens for a couple weeks and so far am blown away by it. I had been using a 25mm prime (50mm effective) for two years, which takes great photos, but was after something with a bit more flexibility, especially at wider angles.

This lens has certainly delivered. Fully open, it is fantastic for landscapes, giving a real sense of openness in your frame, without any noticeable distortion, which I've read can occur on very wide angle lenses. Zoomed fully in, the lens also impresses.

On my first outing, I managed to zoom in on a flock of geese taking flight in the early morning. It was a quick shot, purely luck, but coupled with my OM-D EM-5, the fast f2.8 aperture and body focused quickly and resulted in a beautiful in focus shot of the birds in flight.

The lens is also good at close up shots (not as good as a dedicated macro, but still good), so fully zoomed in with the focal length indicator set to 0.2cm, you can capture a nice amount of close up detail. On that note, the distance indicators are super handy. They are revealed using the manual/auto focus clutch system, which overrides the cameras auto focus if you want full control. All in all, this lens is a must have, and I can't wait to use it on my next outing.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow!,,,

By Arthur

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens. Well constructed. Very sharp. Quick to focus. Would recommend to anyone

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Low light

By Johnathan

from undisclosed

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

Purchase this lense at a nice price. Low light lense must!!!!!

 
5.0

A pro lens to love

By Diane

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this lens after having had the standard 12-42 mm variable aperture lens but needed something to increase the professionalism of photographing with my Olympus OM-D EM 5. The lens is far more sturdy and focuses fast. Best of all, its 2.8 aperture works wonderfully well, providing an out of focus background quite well.

 
5.0

No Surprise Here...

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

... this is a premier lens. Mates perfectly with the 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro lens. Both these lenses draw the dimensionality and clarity of the subject beautifully. A treat!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Highly recommended.

By Mark

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Even after reading all the great reviews, this lens still exceeded my expectations! Great lens!

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A pro lens for Micro 4/3

By Frank

from Undisclosed

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

Summary (read on for the gory blathering)
* I have several years experience with Canon L glass
* I have two other consumer/prosumer grade Micro 4/3 zooms in the same focal length range
* This lens meets my every expectation of a (Canon L) pro grade lens
* And I'm getting significantly better results
* I wish it had a 1.2 wide aperture^
* I wish it were lighter^
* I love it and highly recommend it.

^ read the full review below to see why I personally do not count these against the lens.

The wonderful good ol' days...
As a past user of Canon L glass, I finally got tired of lugging the weight around and bought the first Micro 4/3 camera and a couple of basic lenses.  Since that time, I've watched the progression of the line, anticipating the introduction of professional grade lenses.  And then this lens was introduced.  I still have my first two walk around zooms (Panasonic 14-45 and Olympus 12-50), but finally made the leap to this lens as part of a deal including the OM-D E-M1 body.

The new kid on the block...
This lens feels like a pro lens in every way.  The zoom ring is smooth and consistent.  The weight and build exude toughness that encourages me to use it without worrying about it getting knocked about.  It also has a good balance to it.  The included lens hood, manual focus clutch, constant aperture, and the nicest front lens cap I've seen add to the package.

And then there is the performance.  Again, with my experience using Canon L glass, I am totally pleased with the performance of this lens.  As so many have said, so many times before, I'll say it again; it focuses quietly, quickly, and accurately.  I am getting a *much* higher frequency of sharp pictures with this zoom than with my other zooms of similar focal length.  I have only used this lens with my new OM-D E-M1 body, but the closest "success" rate I've gotten on my OM-D E-M5 has been with the Olympus 45mm 1.8.  I only have myself to blame for poor shots.

If wishes were fishes...
I wish it had a 1.2 aperture.  However, I have discovered that most of my photos have too narrow a depth of field.  So, almost all of the time, I would be stopping down to 2.8 or more anyway.  I'm a geek - it would be so cool.

I wish it were lighter - that's why I got into the Micro 4/3 line, right?  Oh yeah, I wrote all this stuff about having a lens built like a tank...  There is something about things built with appropriate weight, and this lens feels that way.  Having lugged the Canon 17-85 around for a few years, I have no regrets.

Conclusion...
If you need a walk around zoom, and can afford it, I *highly* recommend it.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
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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