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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.
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April 23, 2015

T. Miller Photography

Professional quality to suit a wide variety of shooting conditions

This lens seems like such a great value after carrying around 3 primes (45mm/f1.8, 17mm/f1.8 and 25mm/f1.8) to fill the same need. I may still use the 45mm simply because of the larger aperture, but in every other situation, this lens has been a beautiful thing.

The PRO designation is no joke. The lens itself feels significantly more substantial and heavy duty, weighing more than the camera body. I suppose this isn't unusual, but is certainly noticeable when you are used to carrying around the smaller prime lenses. Includes a hood, cap, and nice lens bag.

My body (EM-10) is not weather sealed like this lens, but at the very least, I can feel more secure about dust getting in the lens and should I be able to upgrade to a weather sealed body, I will be fully equipped to shoot out in more inclement conditions.

I am extremely happy with this purchase, as it is going to be something I will have for a long time, and use for the vast majority of situations. Focus is sharp. Build quality excellent. Image quality superb. Worth every penny.

April 22, 2015

JMW

Without Any Doubt An Outstanding Travel Lens

After much study and comparison to most other formats and systems I chose the M. Zuiko ED 12-40mm F2.8 Pro Lens as the mate for my new OM-D EM-Mark II. I purchased both direct from Olympus and could not be any happier with the combination as a travel companion.

I'm a retired Professional Photographer after a thirty five year career and I know it's almost always about the "glass" when it gets down to finer details. Combined with the new E-M5 Mark II, eighty percent of my normal photography needs are covered with this one lens. My travels are mostly on a motorcycle and the weather sealing plus metal construction goes a long way toward my satisfaction with the capabilities of the lens. I'm looking forward to miles of smiles and fine prints to boot!

April 17, 2015

T

excellent zoom lens, and a little odd feature

I bought this lens a couple of weeks ago and so far I'm very happy with it. It's a great complement for my OMD EM5 Mark II. The crispness and the rendition of colors and textures are as good as when I use my Olympus 25 mm (1.8), with the added benefit of the zoom.

There is only one - minor - aspect that puzzles me (if anyone has any insight, I'd appreciate your letting me know). When I adjust the zoom but turning the zoom 'ring' (I'm sure there is a more technical term for that...), there is a nasty noise, besides the normal and quite soft noise that should accompany that operation. It sounds like two pieces of rubber are rubbing rather hard against each other. This only happens when the camera is on. I assume it's got something to do with the lining (or whatever it is) that makes the camera splash proof and dust proof, but it's odd that the noise is, again, only produced when the camera is on. This is, certainly, not a major flaw and I can live with it; I just find it baffling. If you've noticed the same rubbery squeaky noise in your 12-40, I would appreciate your letting me know.

All in all though, the performance of this camera is impressive enough for me to give it five stars.

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Note from Olympus:
There is a difference in sound when the camera is powered on. This is normal for this lens. The sound is the VCM (Voice Coil Motor) Focusing System moving the floating focusing element to maintain focus as the lens is zoomed.

April 11, 2015

Ken

Landscape? Check. Portrait? Check. Weathersealed? Check

If you need a fast 3x Zoom with almost zero optical compromises, sharp from corner to corner at almost all focal lengths and with weather resistant build then look no further. If you want to treat yourself, get this lens. Save your pennies, mortgage your home, sell your blood, do whatever it takes to get this lens in your possession. If you own an OM-D system do it a favour and put this lens on it and make your camera a photographic power house.

April 10, 2015

Olympusaurus

Oooh what a lens

I love this lens for every day use. It is super sharp and well constructed. I like the Way the manual focus ring works although if I accidentally slide it it provides a few seconds of confusion on my part. I always enjoyed my Olympus lenses and this one is a great example of why Olympus lenses are loved and cherished. The lens has a good range and a 24 mm equivalent is more useful than the 28mm of my 14-54 lens. I have little use for my 11-22 now that this lens arrived.

April 07, 2015

Greg

DESERT ISLAND LENS

If I had to pick just one lens to use on my E-M1 it would be this. 24mm equivalent is plenty wide for most indoor/landscape situations and is rendered sharp and bright and distortion free across the frame. Telephoto can give excellent portrait results (I don't always need the 1.8 or 1.2 dof) Every focal length in between gives excellent resolution from f/2.8 to f/8. The AF is very quick but the snap manual focus ring with focus peaking works so well that I prefer MF half the time. While it won't get to 1:1 macro, the close focusing permits excellent detail shots. After 3 months of use including in rain, snow and freezing conditions, I have not found a flaw.

April 06, 2015

Hank

Wonderful colors and contrast!

I have two copies of this lens, and they are both amazingly accurate, sharp, and deliver wonderful colors and contrast. The lens does seem a bit larger for a m4/3 lens, but with a E-M10 + grip, the size is actually pretty manageable.

The out of focus areas when at f/2.8 are pretty stunning for a zoom lens. With IBIS, I rarely feel as though I need a larger aperture than f/2.8.

Build quality is top notch, with well damped zoom and focus rings. The manual focus override with depth scale is a nice addition that is not offered by many (if any!) other camera systems.

This lens is a must have for anyone who owns a OM-D camera! You will not regret the expense. After using the lens for a few days, any concerns about the cost of the lens melted away after looking at some of the photos that it delivered. These are irreplaceable and non-repeatable moments which are being captured, and the size and quality of the entire system is perfect for a non-professional.

... with that said, I can see these PRO lenses being pushed into commercial and professional photography as well. I think Olympus is creating some incredible products for m4/3, from amateurs to professionals.

April 06, 2015

Robert

Outstanding Lens for Everyday Use

As a photo hobbyist, I got this lens for everyday use and vacation photography. It gives me a wide, usable range of focal lengths and a fast 2.8 aperture. Its clarity, from edge to edge is truly impressive. I also love the solid feel. I'm no professional photographer, but holding this lens makes me feel like one.

April 05, 2015

Blake

Worth every penny - buy it.

I purchased this lens and the E-M10 six months ago after my Sony alpha body broke when returning from a vacation. I was previously using a Tamron 24-75 f2 which was extremely sharp. This lens makes my old glass look terrible. Sharpness is excellent, build quality is phenomenal, manual focus is easy, and another customizable function button is always welcome.

My single complaint is that the function button is a bit to recessed into the barrel. I was using it as AF hold and found it to be to stiff/awkward for that function. I have longer fingers but they are not large. I found another use for that button and it is by no means a deal breaker. I cannot see the advantage of owning a few slightly faster primes than this beautiful lens.

April 04, 2015

Bruce

Wow!

At least as good as my former Nikon 24-70; lighter and smaller and the manual focus option is amazing. The best mid-range zoom in the m4/3 world and perhaps in DSLR/ILC world.

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