The M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 is the first lens in Olympus's 'PRO' lens line for Micro Four Thirds, and designed to match the top-end OM-D E-M1. It offers a 24-80mm equivalent range, and is dust-, splash- and freeze-proof. It uses a focus clutch design similar to the 12mm F2 and 17mm F2.8 primes, so pulling the focus ring back towards the camera engages manual focus mode and reveals a distance scale. The lens also has a L.Fn button, whose function can be assigned from the camera.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO Lens (Micro Four Thirds)
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- 12-40mm focal length
- 24-80mm equivalent focal length on Micro Four Thirds cameras
- F2.8 maximum aperture; F22 minimum
- Stepper motor AF with full-time manual
- Manual Focus Clutch mechanism
- 62mm filters
- Micro Four Thirds mount for Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens cameras
|Lens type||Zoom lens|
|Max Format size||FourThirds|
|Focal length||12–40 mm|
|Lens mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Number of diaphragm blades||7|
|Aperture notes||Circular diaphragm|
|Special elements / coatings||1 aspherical element, 1 dual-sided aspherical element, 2 ED glass elements, 2 HR glass elements, 1 EDA glass element, 1 HD glass element|
|Minimum focus||0.20 m (7.87″)|
|Motor type||Stepper motor|
|Full time manual||Yes|
|Focus notes||Manual Focus Clutch mechanism|
|Weight||382 g (0.84 lb)|
|Diameter||70 mm (2.75″)|
|Length||84 mm (3.31″)|
|Zoom method||Rotary (extending)|
|Filter thread||62 mm|
|Filter notes||Does not rotate on focusing|
|Hood product code||LH66|
My favorite lens ever
This doesn't mean it's the 'best' lens ever. It's just my favorite because it provides me exactly what I want with the E-M1: an excellent walk-around lens that allows me to take this camera into virtually ANY situation, and get GREAT pictures. And that's why I invested in M43 in the first place. I have other lens/camera combinations for other situations: for unobtrusiveness, the Olympus E-PL5 with Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 is great and, in my opinion, a far better choice than the current hot ...
Pro: Is takes very sharp pictures. Great image quality. It has a very nice zoom range. Change to manual focusing by sliding focus ring. Programable function button. It feels very solid. It's weather sealed Con: No syncronisation between the manual focusing ring and the focusing system inside the camera. Putting the focus ring on infinity don't´make the camera focusing on infinity automatically. (And not having focus peeking on a E-M5 dosn't make that better - will we ever have a software ...
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO Lens - no hesitation needed.
I bought the 12-40/2.8 with the EM-1 I have a swag of MFT Zuikos that carried over from the EM-5 to my EM-1 and this lens is very satisfying in every respect. Smooth, robust and SEALED. It comes with a hood and a pinch lens cap that does NOT fall off when you push on its edge as many others do. There's a metal ring protecting the pinch buttons and that super mechanical focus ring for zone focus devotees. Nice touch. I note that the 12-40 costs the same as the "full marketing frame" 55/1.8 ...
So sharp, you'll cut yourself!
Having used L series lenses for several years, I was a bit apprehensive on moving to M43 lenses but this little beauty has allayed my apprehension - this lens is on a par with my 24-105L but a full one stop faster but absolutely pin sharp even wide open. I was astounded by the results.
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I'm in Singapore and everything is SOOOO much cheaper, what to buy?
Currently in Singapore 11 weeks into 30 week travels and have been waiting to get here to buy some new gear. What I've found, and really, really want the Olympus 12-40 f2.8 PRO & Olympus 25 f1.8, which will cost me around £800 (12-40 on its own in UK costs £900). To (partly) fund the new lenses I plan to sell my Olympus 12-50 and Pamasonic 14 f2.5. However, after a few questions in the shop (and with a massive grin on my face) I found out that if I buy the 12-40 as a kit on a new E-M5 or E-M1 the lens would be cheaper, obviously, but I would also save so much money on another body, dilemma! So, the question is, do I buy the two lenses and save myself about £500, or do I buy the E-M5 kit and 25mm and save around £600, or the E-M1 and 25mm and save £800? I'm not sure if I NEED another body, and I don't really have the money to warrant spending so much, if I buy one of the bodies I'll sell my E-PL3 and I have some other things I could sell, when I get home in 5 months that is. So is ...
I'm pretty conservative when it comes to money. So spending money I can't really afford, to buy products I don't really need, just because I spot a 'deal', seems illogical to me. Now if I expected to make a profit selling stuff later that might be different. But I bet when you factor in the import costs to your home country, the savings aren't as great as they seem right now, so even the expected profit from a quick resale might prove illusory. My advise is buy what you need and use the extra money you might have spent on gear for some sight seeing/photo trips and you might not have spent money on otherwise. Modern photo gear lasts 5 years, if we're lucky. But our memories (and the photos we make) will last as long as we do! Continue Reading
I think you shld just go ahead and buy both lenses rather than buy another body with it. Continue Reading
Lenses are always the best investment. You're not saving money by buying a camera body you don't need, surely! So I would buy the lenses only. But, if you were to buy another body, I would reccomend the E-M1. You gain features you don't have (better EVF, PDAF, focus peaking, better grip) in a body that will better balance the 12-40/2.8. Don't underestimate the value of PDAF if you ever want to photograph wildlife or sport. And the E-M1 uses the same batteries as the E-M5. Do you use video at all? The E-M1 has a video teleconverter, that turns a 25/1.8 into a 100/1.8. It's an amazing feature to have for low light video of a performance. But, personally, I don't travel with a back-up body. And you already have one. And you can't sell your extras until you get home. So any extra money you spend now, is money you can't spend while travelling. If you are in Singapore for a while, there is an excellent local photography forum called Clubsnap. They will happily help you find the best deal, ... Continue Reading
weather sealed compact camera
good day...i am planning to get a good weather sealed compact camera i am choosing from Olympus E-M1 or E-M5...can you help me which is better...and does m.zuiko digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 pro lens fits to both of the camera...thanks
That lens works with any M43 camera body - and ensures a WR seal with the E-M1 or E-M5. The M5 has a pretty good track record for sealing but the M1 takes it up another notch. At a price of course and increase in size & weight. Good reviews on both at ming thein's web site: E-M5 review E-M1 review Great picture too: Quote: 10 minutes under a hot shower while powered on, sitting in about 1cm of standing water. All whilst intermittently shooting a frame or two, and no ill effects whatsoever afterwards. Impressive, to say the least. Continue Reading
Very funny, :-D I have one. It really is quite good value as a camera that is better than nothing in the pouring wet. Good fun, especially if you have kids or a totally inept and clumsy partner who throws things around without a care in the world. It has its place, but obviously not with the OP. Not unless he has one of the above and gets it as a third or fourth camera. I bought mine on the hop en-route to a festival where heavy rain was forecast. It turned out that it was sunny all three days and it wasn't used. It has taken about 50 images in three months and they are OK. Only OK by today's standards. Continue Reading
Indoor Photography with Infant, do I need speedlight?
Amateur Photographer moving up to an OMD E-M10 with 12-40mm PRO and I intend to photograph my infant (1 month old). This will be indoors only as where I live is rather chilly. I have little ?teacup? lights in the room from the ceiling and two side by side windows (fairly large) that catch the morning sun. I have zero experience judging light. I know the OMD E-M10 has a built in flash but since I'm placing the order anyways I want to be sure I can get the best shot possible. So, do I need a speedlight/flash? What are your recommendations given my specific situation? Thank you for your time.
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I would bring a speedlight, as a matter of fact I would bring a big speedlight (at least as powerful as my FL-50). Depending on the colors of the walls and ceiling I would point it UP (at a very light or white ceiling) or towards the wall if the walls are brighter than the ceiling. 1. NEVER aim the flash at the baby It may upset the baby (at the least) or harm the baby's eyes (the jury is still out on this). If you really like children, dont aim the flash at them until they are 11 or 12 years old. 2. Built in flashes are a no-no because except for a very few cameras they cant be aimed up or to the side. Continue Reading
Flash will always be useful, but not needed for every shot of course. Sometimes you will get the effect you like by having an assistant hold a large piece of white cardboard or plastic to reflect back some window light to reduce dark shadows. Try to avoid mixed daylight/incandescent lighting because of white balance problems with the mixture. When using flash there is a possibility of shadows in the image from the combination of the largish 12-40mm lens and the pop-up flash. Others may help here to verify. The way around that for me (E-PL5 and the little FL-LM1 add-on flash) I found the small FL-300R flash suitable for home situations. It sits high enough to overcome lens shadow problems, it bends back for ceiling bounce to get softer light and using the pop-up the FL-300R can be a TTL RC controlled slave to get more imaginative lighting by placing the slave flash in some other part of the room. Use Sanyo Eneloop batteries or similar low self discharge batteries and all is good. Reg ... Continue Reading