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12-40mm M. Zuiko Digital ED f/2.8 PRO Lens (Black)

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The Olympus 12-40mm M. Zuiko Digital ED f/2.8 PRO Lens is the first in the newly created "M.ZUIKO PRO" category. Covering a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24-80mm, this lens features all metallic construction and makes extensive use of high grade optical components including Dual Aspherical, High Refractive and ED lens elements configured in 9 groups to assure the highest level of reproduction. A fast maximum aperture of f2.8 throughout the zoom range, a manual focus clutch as well as Splash-proof, Dust-proof and Freeze-proof construction make it suitable for the most demanding professionals and enthusiasts. An "MSC" (movie and still compatible) AF lens drive system ensures fast and quiet auto-focusing - especially important when shooting HD movies. A seven blade circular aperture produces pleasing background defocusing effects. Included accessories are LH-66 Petal type hood, LC-62D Aluminum Protective Lens Cap, LR-2 Rear Lens Cap, LSC 0918 Lens Pouch and One Year World-Wide Warranty.

Essential Accessories

  • Olympus - OM-D E-M1 Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera Body (Black)
  • Olympus - BCN-1 Battery Charger for BLN-1
  • Kenko - 40.5mm Standard Coated UV Filter
  • Olympus - M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro
  • Panasonic - LUMIX DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera Body (Black)
    Originally $1,497.99
    $200 in Rebate(s)
  • Olympus - OM-D E-M5 Mark II Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera Body (Black)
  • Olympus - OM-D E-M5 Mark II Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera Body (Silver)
  • Olympus - BLN-1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (1220mAh)
  • Olympus - M.ZUIKO Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO Lens
    Originally $1,499
    $100 in Rebate(s)
Lens Information
Camera Mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal Length 12 - 40 mm, Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 24 - 80 mm
Aperture Range f/2.8 - f/22
Minimum Focusing Distance 7.87" (20 cm)
Filter Size 62 mm
Groups 9
Elements 14
Length 3.31"
Maximum Diameter 2.75"
Angle Of View 84 - 30 degrees
Weight 13.47 oz (382 g)
  • LC-62D Metal Front Lens Cap
  • 260056 LR-2 Rear Lens Cap
  • LH-66 Lens Hood
  • LSC-0918 Lens Carry CaseLimited 1-Year Warranty
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Buzz G. from Huntingtn Bch, CA on January 27, 2016:
The 12-40mm PRO lens is an excellent lens. There are many other places all over the internet that discuss this lens, its features and experience. I will, therefore, limit this review to my experience and more particularly to a comparison to the excellent 14-150mm lens. In my opinion, the bottom line is: if you already have the 14-150, getting the 12-40 is questionable. Obviously, the choice of lens depends on the type of pictures one is taking. It's like comparing a windbreaker vs. a heavy ski parka. Both have their place. By choice, I find that I am using the telephoto quite a bit and will probably continue using the 14-150mm as my go-to lens. Unless you are a pure pixel pundit, then the 14-150 will do just fine. In summary, while the 12-40 is an excellent lens, I am (almost) questioning my decision to purchase it since I already had the 14-150. So, think carefully about what kind of pictures you are taking and choose accordingly. One lens is twice the cost of the other. Now, it is possible that the camera you are using may make a difference in the performance of a lens. I am using an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II.
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Guest Reviewer from Pleasantville, Somewhere on January 20, 2016:
I am using this lens on my Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. I am a serious photographer having experienced many point-and-shoot, DSLR and mirrorless cameras and lenses. The bottom line: this is an outstanding lens which meets all the hype, reviews and descriptions you can find all over the internet. I have been using this lens for several weeks now and my review is based on a comparison with another excellent lens. This is the Olympus 14-150mm which is/was(?) my go-to lens that never gets off the camera. IN MY OPINION, either lens is outstanding with similar features. I just happen to love the zooming capability of the 14-150 for the kind of pictures I like to take (landscape, street scenes, concerts, family, portraits, etc.). Unless you are a die-hard pixel pundit, I would recommend the 14-150 from a price/performance aspect. Yes, I would heartily recommend the 14-40 UNLESS you already have a 14-150. Then, it may not worth the new expensive investment.
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