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Just how great is the 12-40mm f2.8 Pro?

 
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Nov 16, 2017 18:16 |  #1

So I'm starting to give into getting a zoom lens for my E-M1 after months of telling myself I don't need one. Video is what's really pushing me, and I'd really like to have a weathersealed lens as well. This seems to be my only option in my budget. I don't want the EZ lenses as I like to have full control over my zooming, and superzooms are not my forte. This really leaves me with just this lens, or the 12-100 (which is super far out of my budget). Is this lens as good as I've heard? Or am I wasting my money?

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Nov 16, 2017 21:34 |  #2

Scottboarding wrote in post #18498123 (external link)
So I'm starting to give into getting a zoom lens for my E-M1 after months of telling myself I don't need one. Video is what's really pushing me, and I'd really like to have a weathersealed lens as well. This seems to be my only option in my budget. I don't want the EZ lenses as I like to have full control over my zooming, and superzooms are not my forte. This really leaves me with just this lens, or the 12-100 (which is super far out of my budget). Is this lens as good as I've heard? Or am I wasting my money?

Thanks everyone!


It's very good, the only downside is the bokeh can get a bit nervous at times, but that's true of all Olympus' pro lenses except for the 25 1.2. Another option if you prefer a bit more range is the PanaLeica 12-60 f/2.8-4.


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Nov 17, 2017 09:13 |  #3

raptor3x wrote in post #18498241 (external link)
It's very good, the only downside is the bokeh can get a bit nervous at times, but that's true of all Olympus' pro lenses except for the 25 1.2. Another option if you prefer a bit more range is the PanaLeica 12-60 f/2.8-4.

I would love that lens, but that's out of my budget. I see the 12-40mm go for $600 which is doable for me. I'm not horribly concerned with bokeh quality, but I'll keep that in mind. Thanks!


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Nov 17, 2017 09:51 |  #4

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I would love that lens, but that's out of my budget. I see the 12-40mm go for $600 which is doable for me. I'm not horribly concerned with bokeh quality, but I'll keep that in mind. Thanks!

Grey market copies of the PL 12-60 show up brand new for a touch over $600 all the time on eBay.


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Nov 17, 2017 10:25 |  #5

raptor3x wrote in post #18498476 (external link)
Grey market copies of the PL 12-60 show up brand new for a touch over $600 all the time on eBay.

Aww man, now I really have to make a decision. Part of me wishes you never told me that :lol:


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Nov 17, 2017 11:06 |  #6

I would take the Olympus f2.8 with a constant aperture. I do not like it when the aperture changes when I zoom. Just my taste yours my be different.




  
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Nov 17, 2017 12:14 |  #7

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I would take the Olympus f2.8 with a constant aperture. I do not like it when the aperture changes when I zoom. Just my taste yours my be different.

I agree with that. Especially considering I'm going to be zoom while recording and I don't want the flickering. I would absolutely love the 12-100mm, but that's not going to happen.


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Dec 24, 2017 10:48 |  #8

I haven’t shot the 12-60 but have the Olympus. I love the lens. It is sharp, has good resolution, and is always mounted on my EM1 as it pretty much covers the range I like to shoot in. I paid almost 800 for it about 1.5 years ago so the price is much more reasonable now.




  
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Jan 04, 2018 03:52 |  #9

I would recommend the 12-40 PRO without hesitation to anyone shooting mu43. I use it as my go-to lens on an E-M1 any time I don’t require the wider aperture/speed of my prime lenses. I have also taken the combo out in harsh weather on numerous occasions and it has always held up very well.


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Mar 30, 2018 03:23 as a reply to  @ cueball's post |  #10

I agree. The 12-40 PRO is an excellent all-purpose lens for general shooting when you don’t need a super fast aperture. It’s the main lens for my EM1.2 for travel or just everyday walkaround stuff.


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Apr 01, 2018 21:30 |  #11

I sold my first copy of the 12-40mm 2.8 and shortly after that I realized what a stupid move that was and recently repurchased another copy and loving the lens all over again..

The solid build, great optics and I love the manual focus clutch.


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Apr 05, 2018 07:48 |  #12

best walk around lens I have tried for m43.




  
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Apr 09, 2018 18:30 |  #13

Very glad that I bought it. I'm fairly new to m43 and if any one lens can convince me that I made the right decision in coming from apsc and full frame, this lens would be it. These were from my first outing.

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Apr 09, 2018 20:07 |  #14

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Very glad that I bought it. I'm fairly new to m43 and if any one lens can convince me that I made the right decision in coming from apsc and full frame, this lens would be it. These were from my first outing.

Looks great! I had plans to buy one, buy ended up purchasing an E-M5ii because my E-M1 is having the rear dial problem. I know I can get it fixed, but I've heard of it coming back and I just don't want to deal with that. I plan on selling my E-M1 as is with the grip (where the rear dial actually works) and put that towards this lens.


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