December 23, 2014 by Kent
Simply Fantastic!
Simply the best lens I've ever owned! Olympus has made a great system even better by adding the Pro Series! Two words in my recommendation, "Buy It!" I can't wait for the other lenses in this series to be released in 2015.
November 6, 2014 by Esther
Dealing with arthritis
I've been using the E-5 with a couple of very nice lenses for the last several years. Thought it would be my last camera, but arthritis decided otherwise. I still use the E-5 for tripod work, but for walking around and handheld work, I just love my new E-M1 camera and the M.12-40mm PRO lens. My photos are tack-sharp, even handheld ones. Tonight I took some photos off our sundeck - after dark: ISO 200, Aperture f/16, Exposure 60 seconds, focal length 40mm. And yes, on a tripod. I was tickled pink when the streetlights, about 3 city blocks away showed up as beautiful 14-pointed stars. The only part of the photo that is not sharp, is a tree, whose foliage is the kind that moves if you only look at it, let alone if there is even the slightest puff of wind. This lens is a keeper, and even when I get the longer lens later this month, I think that this one will be my go-to lens. Thank you, Olympus!
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October 7, 2014 by Larry
Great travel lens
I bought my E-M5 for travel photography on my motorcycle adventures. The camera is perfect, and before my latest trip I added this great lens. Space was very limited on this trip, a cross country, off-pavement ride on a small dual sport bike from Tennessee to the coast in Oregon. I kept the E-M5 on with this lens for the entire trip (though I had other lenses) and it was fantastic. Very pleased with the crisp pictures, great color, and terrific auto focus. I am already planning on selling the 12-50 kit lens and saving my pennies for the 40-150 pro lens. If it is anything like this beauty, I don't know if I will need any other lenses (though I have another telephoto zoom and some primes). Great job!!
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September 15, 2014 by James
MUCH LIGHTER THAN MY CANON GEAR
I’ve been shooting Canon SLR cameras since I was a teenager, but as I get older, weight is becoming more of a factor. This standard range zoom lens is 382g, which is heavy for a Micro Four-Thirds lens, and together with the M.Zuiko ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 II, which weighs even more at 423g, is exactly the same combined as the Canon EF 24-70mmf/2.8 L II at 805g. So, I can carry my Olympus PEN E-P5 (420g) with the M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 (120g), the Olympus FL-300R wireless flash (97g) with a small bounce reflector, and the 2 aforementioned lenses, but still be less than my Canon 5D Mark III (950g) with just one lens. Moreover, this lens is fast to focus and solidly made. If I ever get the E-M1, it would be just as weather-sealed as my Canon setup. In any case, the combination I commented above makes for a wonderfully light combination to keep in my bag to catch almost anything on a trip. I can even throw in the M.Zuiko 45mm f1.8 (116g) and the M.Zuiko ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6 (155g) along with a few filters and still be fleet of foot. Ultimately, photography is about composition and getting the shot off, which I can seemingly do faster with this than my bulkier Canon cameras. For the pixel peepers, it's not quite as good as my Canon lens, but the Canon lens almost 3 times the price, too, and won't cramp my neck or shoulders after a long day.
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August 25, 2014 by Douglas
Phenomenal Lens
I took an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and this lens to go to three countries in Africa in April, the system was awesome, and the weatherproofing turned out to be essential. I fully agree with the super high build quality combined with the great image quality mentioned below. The compact size was perfect for travel, and not having to worry about dropping everything in to zip lock storage bags when rain hit was perfect.
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