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Olympus G. Zuiko 40mm f/1.4 AUTO-S (PEN-F) Review - Verdict

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Olympus G Zuiko 40mm F1,4 On Lumix G9 Front View

Value For Money

Available for around £100 / $100. It is difficult to suggest if this could be good VFM, in that it will depend on whether or not the lens can fulfil our style of photography. There could be potential in its defects of course and it is likely that the photographer seeking a different, vintage look, might like it very much. As such, competing as we will be with the collectors, for the user the outcome for the VFM equation might only be fair.


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Olympus G.Zuiko Auto S 40mm f/1.4 Verdict

Whilst the lens is very pleasurable to use, in a technical sense the results are not particularly exciting. However, as always, if we are exploring a different, vintage look for our images then maybe this could be just the optic to make that difference and let our shots stand out. It's all about creativity, and after all, we don't buy, say, a Lensbaby to take pictures of test charts.

Hopefully, we can now see what the potential might be, and if this is available at the right price then any individual photographer will know what they are buying and exactly why they are buying it.

Olympus G.Zuiko Auto S 40mm f/1.4 Pros

  • Excellent central sharpness
  • Compact
  • Fast aperture
  • Low distortion
  • Ease of use
  • Creative potential

Olympus G.Zuiko Auto S 40mm f/1.4 Cons

  • Weak edge performance
  • Problems with flare
  • High edge CA

Overall Verdict

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davetac 12 69 2 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2019 11:14AM
I have a good as gold 50mm f1.8 Olympus OM and a very good 25mm f2.8 Miranda (Om fitting) macro lens and have used both with an adaptor on my beloved OM D EM10 ii. You could slice ham with sharp images I get with both. Though the merest hint of chromatic aberration is visible with the Miranda that's easily dealt with in post.
20 Jan 2020 12:57PM
I've a few of the Pen F lenses and find they work very well on my Fuji X-E2. With the APS sensor the crop factor is just right, my 38mm 1.8 being quite "normal". One of the best things about these lenses is the very narrow adapter, allowing a close to original form factor. These manual lenses are uniquely suited to the external manual controls of the Fuji RF style bodies.

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