March 24, 2015 by 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 by 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 16, 2015 by 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.
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March 8, 2015 by 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.
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March 1, 2015 by 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.
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