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

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Handling and Features

Olympus M Zuiko Digital ED 12 40mm F2 8 Pro (12)

The lens barrel is constructed from high quality plastics, with a glossy finish and the bayonet is metal with a rubber gasket to prevent the ingress of dust and moisture into the camera body. Despite the robust construction the lens only weighs 382g. As far as size and handling are concerned, this lens is a perfect match for the Panasonic Lumix G6 camera body used for testing.

Olympus M Zuiko Digital ED 12 40mm F2 8 Pro (5)

As focusing is performed internally the 62mm filter thread does not rotate, which makes this lens ideal for use with graduated and polarising filters. Sliding back the focus ring reveals a distance scale and automatically changes the camera to manual focus mode, which is ideal for applying quick adjustments. However, it is incredibly easy to nudge this by accident when changing lenses, so care needs to be taken to ensure the lens is in the desired mode for shooting. The minimum focus distance is 20cm throughout the zoom range, which is ideal for close ups, or shooting in claustrophobic environments.

Olympus M Zuiko Digital ED 12 40mm F2 8 Pro (10)

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