Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 PRO - Still The Must Have Olympus PRO lens!

The Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 PRO is a highly revered standard wide zoom lens with constant aperture, and has become a staple for many professional working photographers. I personally own this lens and have used it for many years now, and I find it to be the perfect fit for E-M1 series cameras. Optically the lens is superbly made, producing sharp results from corner to corner even at wide open aperture F2.8 across all zoom focal range. The technical lens flaws are well managed (some may be aided by software compensation) and the lens is weather-sealed against dust, splash and freeze. I have shot countless photography jobs with the M.Zuiko 12-40mm PRO and have also used the lens for my own shutter therapy sessions. I have published my full review of the lens previously here (click). I thought it would be interesting to revisit this lens, and put up a video (click here) since I am getting some questions regarding the lens. 

Here are some sample images I have taken with the M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 PRO lens over the years with various cameras!

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  1. Hi Robin! I've been following you for some time now, I'm another Olympus/micro four thirds user, and was delighted when I found your You tube channel, so good to find photography tips specifically for Olympus cameras.
    This is a lens I've been drooling over for some time now. I have some good lenses but would love one that can do decent apertures but still has some zoom.
    Is this as light and small as other Olympus lenses? (for example the 60mm macro)

    1. Thanks for the kind words, and yes I am not experimenting with YouTube. That is a whole new world to me. The 12-40mm is about 382g, while the 60mm macro is 186g. The zoom lens is surely more complex, and won't be as light as the prime lenses.

    2. Thanks for your reply!! For now I can't justify wanting another lens, (plus I would need to sell another lens plus my old Panasonic camera to be able to pay for it, but that's another story!) but perhaps it would be good idea to visit a shop see it irl so that I can decide if it would be interesting. I have some heavier (and very good) lenses so if I get anything else I'd want it as light as possible.

  2. It's a great lens, but I'm with Ming on this one: the bokeh is just too frenetic. I prefer the PL 12-60 over the Olympus 12-40 Pro. Having said that, I've rationalized my m4/3 setup down to the Panasonic-Leica 10-25, Olympus 12-100 Pro, Olympus 40-150 Pro, Panasonic Leica 15, Olympus 45 and Olympus 60. I may end up dumping the 45 mm for the 75 mm and calling it a day.