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

(based on 232 reviews)

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    (203)

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    (26)

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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

Top notch lens.

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

First rate in every respect; optically, mechanically, and handling. But don't be fooled by the movable focusing ring! If you can afford it, this lens is a no-brainer for any m4/3 shooter.

 
5.0

Outstanding lens

By Domenick

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Relatively light and tack sharp, this lens is a must have.

 
5.0

Excellent Lens

By Chuck D

from Undisclosed

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

The Olympus 12-40 Pro zoom is an outstanding lens. It's very well made, produces high quality images, and has a useful zoom range. While the lens is compact, it is heavy and may not balance well on smaller bodies.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Truly a PRO lens...

By Linden

from Knoxville, TN

Verified Buyer

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

This is my first PRO m4/3 lens and it's nothing short of amazing. I'm a long time Canon shooter who's used to high quality L-series lenses, and I can confidently say that this lens can hang with any L I've ever used. It's amazingly well built, has blazing fast AF, is highly weather sealed, has smooth zoom/focus rings, and is razor sharp wide open. It includes a locking lens hood (nice feature) and a lens bag very similar to the Canon lens bags... which I use for toting/organizing accessories. I've shot this lens on both the E-M10 II and E-M1 II, and it's great on both bodies. It's not a tiny lens, but it's still small and light... especially if compared to it's full frame equivalent. My E-M1 II + 12-40 PRO is almost exactly half the weight and at least 1/3 smaller than my 5D III + Tamron 24-70 VC, but gives me images that are just as sharp and beautiful. Yes, the bokeh is about 2 stops behind FF in the amount of blur (M4/3 f/2.8 looks like FF f/5.6), but it's very very close to matching APS-C which pleasantly surprised me... but that's a M4/3 sensor size characteristic, not anything to do with this lens. Overall, this is a pretty amazing lens and one I highly recommend if you're looking for an extremely high quality and fast lens.

 
5.0

Extremely satisfied with the excellent sale price.

By Slim

from NYC and North Carolina

Verified Buyer

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

I am experiencing amazingly new ways to push the envelope with the range of my new M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm Pro camera lens.

 
5.0

Great walk around lens

By Nikon Fan

from Bay Area

Verified Buyer

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

I acquired it with the pen f and couldn't be happier. Decent focusing speed in low light. Images are sharp throughout the range. The zoom range and the size make it ideal for street photography or at any events.

This seems petty, but the lens hood quality is sub par given the price range and it's a pro lens?

 
5.0

Excellent!!!

By King

from Raleigh, NC

Verified Buyer

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

I just got this lens and I love it. The sharpness is outstanding. The 12-40 is the focal lengths. I took it to Europe and it was the lens I used. The only complaint is that it's a little heavy.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic lens!

By BocaCat

from Boca Raton

Verified Buyer

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

I really love the Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens. I picked it up at an incredible price from B&H and it has proved that it's worth the money. I took it out for sunset at a local wildlife refuge and I was happy with the quality of the photos at 12mm and 14mm, stopped down to f5.6. Really nice. I also took it out to the Chinese Lantern Festival where it performed wonderfully. I got some great and sharp shots of the lanterns at night, handheld. Highly recommend this lens. I have it paired with the OMD-E-M1 which I also purchased from B&H, at a different time. I really like the lighter combo compared to my Canon 7D and 6D. Just get it!

(0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

New camera, new lens

By PDR

from Colorado

Verified Buyer

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

New camera and new lens, so not a lot to say at this point. Functionally, everything works as advertised. Nicely built. 4 stars only because of lack of adequate experience with camera/lens combo.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can a zoom really be this good?

By Hiker Jim

from Summit County, Colorado, USA

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased this zoom after 6-1/2 years of using primes on my various m4/3 bodies. I wanted a convenient high-quality lens for my Mexico trip, which I am enjoying as I write this. As I load my images onto my computer, I cannot believe a zoom can be this good. Wow! Fitted to my Pen F with grip, this is as good as it gets for an easy-to-pack travel kit for a demanding photographer. I can already see that my prime lenses (I'm keeping them all) will quickly become speciality items. This 12-40mm f/2.8 is amazing.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Wonderful walk around all-purpose lens

By Keton

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Paired up with my M10ii and it's a beast lens. Sharp pictures with little to no distortion when zoomed in.

However, this lens makes this screeching noise that is not loud, but very audible in quiet areas. I've used a different lens (25mm) for testing and found that it is not the camera, but the 12-40 itself.

Here's what I've found when trying to determine the problem:

- It does not occur from zooming, occurs when I don't zoom
- It does not occur from focusing, the sound is audible without touching the focus ring
- It is not the Image Stabilization, I've turned it off, still occurs, and swapped out lenses (25mm), tried it with and without stabilization, camera is fine
- Sound is audible when I keep camera still at times or when the camera is idle, occurs at times when camera is moving
- Sound disappears when zooming in/out, using manual clutch
- It sounds like it has to do with its electrical components, not mechanical

It does not affect lens performance but having paid top dollar for a "Pro" lens, noises that occur randomly and frequently is a bummer.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Workhorse lens

By Jeff

from Undisclosed

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

I have used both the Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8 and the Olympus 12-40 f/2.8. I much prefer the Olympus as it is everything I look for in a quality zoom. I did not care for the Panasonic's feel and build quality and also think the Olympus bests the Panasonic in optical quality. The Olympus has a nice close focusing range and can produce lovely bokeh at times. If I only have space or patience for carrying one lens on my Olympus body, this 12-40 is it.

 
5.0

first lense

By Tuva

from Boston

Verified Buyer

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

I had this lense with my first Olympus camera. As I bought a new Olympus Pen F. Gave the "old " camera ro my daughter with the 12-40mm lense.
I missed it so much! Had to get another one for my new camera!

 
4.0

Great Lens But...

By William

from undisclosed

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

Great lens but I returned for the smaller lighter Pan 2.8. Great BH Service especially with Returns

 
5.0

Olympus Zuico lens, yes I buy them: I'll buy them again.

By Kenneth

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Len's feel.ED 12-40mm has got it.Quick accurate focus,heaft of quality."With 40+years in photography,one just know's, and seeing is believing."

 
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

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

Site Member

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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

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