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Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro Lens Video Review

David Thorpe gives his opinion on the Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro Zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. With weather-sealing and bright f/2.8 aperture, is it the go to lens?

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David Thorpe recently gave us his video review of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III, now it's the turn of the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro zoom lens. A go-to lens for Olympus Micro Four Thirds users, and often sold as the kit lens with the E-M1, what does David Thorpe think of the lens?

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"There's no shortage of standard zooms for Micro Four Thirds but the Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 Constant Aperture Pro zoom should be towards the top of any buyer's list."

 

David says that the 12-40mm f/2.8, along with the 40-150mm f/2.8 and 17mm f/1.8, are amongst his favourite lenses, with the 12-40mm f/2.8 lens being the best all-rounder available for Micro Four Thirds, and is praised for its solid build quality. Read our 12-40mm f/2.8 review here. The lens is available for £849 from Amazon UK.

 

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Sample Photos

 

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Specifications

ManufacturerOlympus
General
Lens Mounts
  • Panasonic Micro Four Thirds
  • Olympus Micro Four Thirds
Lens
Focal Length12mm - 40mm
Angle of View30° - 84°
Max Aperturef/2.8
Min Aperturef/22
Filter Size62mm
StabilisedNo
35mm equivalent24mm - 80mm
Internal focusingYes
Maximum magnificationNo Data
Focusing
Min Focus20cm
Construction
Blades7
Elements14
Groups9
Box Contents
Box ContentsLSC-0918 Lens Case, Lens Hood, Lens Cap (Front and rear)
Dimensions
Weight382g
Height84mm

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25 Jan 2022 11:02AM
The Olympus M.ZUIKO 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro lens is always on my camera body. I shoot more pictures with this lens than any other lens in my kit. As stated above, this lens is effectively a 24mm to 80mm zoom; slightly wide angle to a short telephoto. In addition it will focus to about 20cm or 8 inches, so you can get very close to the subject. The 2.8 maximum aperture also provides excellent bokeh. It's perfect for most of the photographs I make.

If someone was going to buy an Olympus Micro-Four-Thirds camera body, I would recommending getting this lens as your first lens. Don't leave home without it!

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