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M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO

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Overview

This large-aperture 3.3X Zoom 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.

Lens Architecture

MTF CHART


Depth of field

WIDE : 12mm

  0.20 0.30 0.40 0.50 0.70 1.00 2.00 3.00 5.00
Fno. Open 0.196
~
0.204
0.287
~
0.315
0.372
~
0.434
0.453
~
0.560
0.603
~
0.843
0.800
~
1.356
1.294
~
4.687
1.628
~
26.516
2.053
~
3.322
~
2.8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4.0 0.194
~
0.206
0.281
~
0.322
0.362
~
0.451
0.436
~
0.592
0.570
~
0.927
0.739
~
1.611
1.128
~
11.845
1.367
~
1.647
~
2.376
~
5.7 0.192
~
0.209
0.275
~
0.333
0.349
~
0.477
0.415
~
0.644
0.531
~
1.078
0.669
~
2.195
0.962
~
1.126
~
1.303
~
1.704
~
8.0 0.189
~
0.213
0.266
~
0.350
0.332
~
0.520
0.389
~
0.738
0.485
~
1.420
0.594
~
4.678
0.802
~
0.907
~
1.014
~
1.231
~
11.3 0.186
~
0.219
0.255
~
0.379
0.312
~
0.603
0.359
~
0.941
0.434
~
2.672
0.514
~
0.654
~
0.719
~
0.780
~
0.896
~
16.0 0.181
~
0.229
0.241
~
0.431
0.288
~
0.791
0.325
~
1.616
0.381
~
0.437
~
0.526
~
0.564
~
0.598
~
0.658
~
22.6 0.174
~
0.247
0.225
~
0.548
0.262
~
1.543
0.290
~
0.329
~
0.366
~
0.420
~
0.441
~
0.460
~
0.491
~

MIDDLE : 22mm

  0.20 0.30 0.40 0.50 0.70 1.00 2.00 3.00 5.00
Fno. Open 0.199
~
0.201
0.296
~
0.305
0.391
~
0.410
0.484
~
0.517
0.666
~
0.739
0.926
~
1.088
1.703
~
2.431
2.362
~
4.134
3.426
~
9.378
10.270
~
2.8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4.0 0.198
~
0.202
0.294
~
0.307
0.387
~
0.414
0.477
~
0.525
0.652
~
0.757
0.897
~
1.132
1.601
~
2.685
2.166
~
4.949
3.019
~
15.228
7.368
~
5.7 0.197
~
0.203
0.291
~
0.310
0.382
~
0.421
0.469
~
0.537
0.634
~
0.784
0.862
~
1.198
1.480
~
3.137
1.946
~
6.818
2.599
~
111.286
5.232
~
8.0 0.196
~
0.204
0.288
~
0.314
0.375
~
0.430
0.457
~
0.554
0.611
~
0.826
0.816
~
1.309
1.340
~
4.132
1.704
~
14.770
2.176
~
3.727
~
11.3 0.195
~
0.206
0.283
~
0.320
0.365
~
0.444
0.442
~
0.581
0.581
~
0.894
0.760
~
1.508
1.183
~
7.609
1.451
~
1.774
~
2.661
~
16.0 0.193
~
0.208
0.277
~
0.329
0.353
~
0.467
0.423
~
0.624
0.544
~
1.016
0.693
~
1.933
1.018
~
1.205
~
1.414
~
1.907
~
22.6 0.190
~
0.212
0.269
~
0.344
0.338
~
0.504
0.398
~
0.700
0.501
~
1.269
0.619
~
3.284
0.855
~
0.978
~
1.105
~
1.373
~

TELE : 40mm

  0.20 0.30 0.40 0.50 0.70 1.00 2.00 3.00 5.00
Fno. Open 0.199
~
0.201
0.298
~
0.302
0.397
~
0.403
0.494
~
0.506
0.688
~
0.712
0.975
~
1.026
1.897
~
2.115
2.770
~
3.272
4.385
~
5.820
34.818
~
2.8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4.0 0.199
~
0.201
0.298
~
0.302
0.395
~
0.405
0.492
~
0.508
0.683
~
0.718
0.963
~
1.040
1.850
~
2.178
2.668
~
3.429
4.130
~
6.345
23.157
~
5.7 0.199
~
0.201
0.297
~
0.303
0.393
~
0.407
0.489
~
0.512
0.676
~
0.726
0.949
~
1.057
1.794
~
2.261
2.552
~
3.646
3.853
~
7.146
16.386
~
8.0 0.199
~
0.202
0.295
~
0.305
0.391
~
0.410
0.484
~
0.517
0.667
~
0.737
0.930
~
1.083
1.722
~
2.391
2.404
~
4.005
3.521
~
8.699
11.614
~
11.3 0.198
~
0.202
0.293
~
0.307
0.387
~
0.414
0.478
~
0.525
0.654
~
0.754
0.904
~
1.122
1.628
~
2.605
2.223
~
4.657
3.139
~
12.601
8.229
~
16.0 0.197
~
0.203
0.291
~
0.310
0.382
~
0.421
0.469
~
0.536
0.637
~
0.779
0.869
~
1.183
1.513
~
2.984
2.009
~
6.063
2.725
~
34.724
5.845
~
22.6 0.196
~
0.204
0.287
~
0.314
0.374
~
0.430
0.458
~
0.553
0.614
~
0.818
0.825
~
1.281
1.377
~
3.764
1.771
~
10.642
2.299
~
4.153
~

Circle of least confusion 1/60mm

specs
Focal Length 12-40mm
     35mm Equivalent Focal Length      24-80mm
Lens Construction 14 Elements in 9 Groups
  (Aspherical ED lens, 2 Aspherical lenses, DSA lens, 2 ED lenses, HD lens, 2 HR lense)
Dust & Drip Proof Yes
Focusing System High-speed Imager AF (MSC)    - Linear Motor Drive System
Angle of View 84 - 30 Degree
Closest Focusing Distance 0.2m
Maximum Image Magnification 0.3x
     35mm Equivalent Max. Image Magnification      0.6x
Minimum Field Size 58 x 44  mm
Number of Blades 7 (Circular Aperture Diaphragm)
Maximum Aperture f2.8
Minimum Aperture f22
Filter Size Diameter 62mm
Dimensions Diameter 69.9x84mm
Weight 382g
Box Contents Lens Cap(LC-62D), Lens Rear Cap(LR-2), Lens Hood(LH-66), Lens Case(LSC-0918)
Instruction Manual, Olympus Worldwide Warranty Card
  Specifications and design are subject to change without notice.
Related Accessories (Option) Protection Filter (PRF-D62 PRO)
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March 26, 2015

ScotScot

Buy It!

Absolutely beautiful lens! The manual focus ring puts this lens over the top no one has anything close to it!!

March 25, 2015

AusSEA

Great All Around Lens

I initially bought this lens to supplement my 12mm, 25mm, and 45mm primes, This lens has become my go-to lens for everyday shooting and I now use my primes for specialty shooting. The lens performs great wide open and is extremely sharp corner to corner. The lens is built to last and the snap aperture ring makes switching between manual and auto focus seamless. The weather sealing compliments the EM0-5 / EM-1 bodies and makes for a great travel lens.

March 23, 2015

ditialimages

Geat quality lense

Love this lens. Well built and a joy to carry/use over the full frame Canon eqv. glass I have. The quick manual focus pull ring is sweet. F2.8 is great for out of focus backgrounds. The button on the lens is useful for say dof evaluation. The focal range 24-80 eqv. Makes this my go to lenses for walking about. I would strongly recommended this pro quality lenses!

March 23, 2015

Jon

Great kit lens replacement

Hasn't left my camera since buying it last christmas. Nice bokeh, sharp edge to edge, bright, fast and quick auto focus. Paired with the 40-150mm covers 24-300mm FF equivalent!

March 17, 2015

Keith

Outstanding Lens

Shot a bunch of interiors at the Dawes Mansion in Evanston, Illinois. Interior so dark it was hard to see into some corners with the naked eye. Flash not allowed. Coupled with a OM-D E-M1 was able to take good sharp images, some at 2 sec hand held at ISO 200! One of the nicest lens I have used and I go back to the days of Leica M3 range-finders (which I still use).

March 15, 2015

Andro

Wow

So, I am new to Olympus system. I have had mostly Nikon products. My latest camera was D600 with professional zoom Nikon 24-70 2.8.
I have tried Olympus E-M5 II with this lens- 12-40 2.8 and I find the quality superb , pretty much the same if not better than my Nikon 24-70 on full frame and that says a lot. At the fraction of the weight and size. I am very happy with this purchase and I can't recommend highly enough this lens. It will be in my bag for decades probably. Excellent, job Olympus. I wish other would realize how all those stupid DSLRs are overrated.

March 07, 2015

Jerry

Super Standard Zoom; Smooth and Compact

I have had this m-4/3 Pro 12-40 f/2.8 lens for four days now, and use it on an E-M1. This lens works great… focus is extremely fast, and gives really sharp results.

The zoom range covers everything from a super wide 12 mm to a short telephoto 40 mm (24 mm wide angle to 80 mm telephoto on a 35 mm system). The quality of this glass is amazing! My images have come out very sharp and crisp, with fine contrast. The colors produced are Rich and Saturated… True Olympus Quality.

Shooting in low light has produced very good results also, achieving excellent focus. The camera (E-M1) was set to ISO Auto, so it selected a high enough setting to allow a faster shutter speed to be used.

There is so much you can do with this lens. By itself, it would (and probably will) be a great choice for weddings. I have used the 11-22mm lens for weddings, and it works great; 11mm is great for groups after the service, and the 22mm length is excellent for head-and-shoulders of bride & groom, full length bride, etc. I use a longer lens for shots during the ceremony (50mm f/2.0 is a great choice). But now I think the 40mm range of the 12-40 will work for the same shots. Then I can use only one lens to do the whole job. For portraiture, everything applies as well. The fast f/2.8 aperture is perfect!

The lens is just a super “All Around Lens”, letting you shoot in so many situations. The fast f/2.8 allows you to get a great “out of focus” bokeh in your back-grounds.

The weight is 382 g, which is less than 480 g for my 11-22 (plus MMF-3 Adapter)… (even less than the 575 g for my 12-60mm)

Olympus I think came up with a remarkable feature on the lens shade (LH-66) for this lens. It has two latches on opposite sides of the shade, which click when the shade locks into place on the lens, and you have to press them to un-lock the shade. I like the design of the shade very much!

The 12-40mm Pro is a great lens. I like the range of my 12-60 better (or I am more used to that range), but the 12-40 range matches the lens range I used on my OM-1 in the film days. I shot a lot of images with an 85mm f/2.0 Zuiko (plus 24 f/2.0, 28 f/2.0 and 50 f/1.4) This lens covers all those primes

Also, they offer a FRF-D62 filter, to protect the front element… everyone should have a filter protecting the front element on ALL their lenses.

A costly lens in the Pro series, but I do not regret spending the money on it; it really is worth the investment. I can produce just about any image with this lens. It should be high on every one’s list of lenses to have, especially when using the OM-D cameras or the E-P5 etc.

February 28, 2015

Kenny

Environmental wedding portrait lens

I was in love with my 12-60mm. This lens is in a different league all together. The constant f2.8 is insane. Used for our wedding photography and EM-1. Must have as part of your kit.

February 14, 2015

Tim

Fantastic lens

This lens (and the E-M1) has been my first foray into mirrors cameras, and my first step away from over a decade's use of Canon equipment.

To say I'm impressed is an understatement. The image quality, colour rendition and sharpness are fantastic. The focus is silent and lightning quick.

On top of all of this, the build quality and attention to detail are superb; this lens is so nice that it makes look for excuses to use it (as does the 40-150 PRO). I was initially very hesitant to move to Olympus: I had regarded them as a tier two manufacturer, and not in the same league as Canon and Nikon. Boy, was I wrong. I rate the build quality, finish and attention to detail over some of the Canon L lenses I own. The lens is beautifully machined. The focus ring has a nice smooth action in either position, and has a very satisfying 'click' when changing operation.

I really commend Olympus on their PRO series of products: lightweight, fantastic design and quality, and weatherproof. I have been searching for a system like this for years, and have always felt that I'd need to compromise. I have absolutely no complaints with this lineup and cannot wait for more products in the series to be released.

January 07, 2015

Michael

One of The Best Standard Zooms

Not going to bore you with what hasn't been already been said about how superlative this lens is, because it is. Sharp corner to corner throughout the entire zoom range, comparable to the primes. Color is accurate and well rendered, chromatic aberration and other such things are well controlled. The ability to focus closely really makes this lens apart from its competitor.

I will note that compared to some of the primes, the color saturation is a bit lower, needing a slight boost in post processing to correct.

I use this lens a lot, and enjoy it immensely. The only thing I would keep in mind is that it is neither compact, nor light for a m4/3 body. I the world of APS-C and FF bodies this lens is tiny and light, but relative to its own ecosystem, just be aware that this lens doesn't balance well on the more compact m4/3 bodies.

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