Announced concurrently with the OM-D E-M1 camera, the new Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro lens introduces a new ‘professional’ series of Micro Four Thirds System lenses with high optical performance and dust- and splash-proof construction. Covering focal lengths equivalent to 24-80mm on a 35mm camera, this lens maintains a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout the 3.3x zoom range.

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In summary

The 12-40mm f/2.8 lens is an impressive performer, delivering quality that rivals that of many DSLR+fast zoom pairings that target serious enthusiast photographers. But its great advantage is being able to do this in a more compact, lighter-weight unit. Fast focusing and near-silent AF operation also make this lens attractive. So what’s not to like?

The relatively high price tag reflects both the build and optical quality of this lens. Neither comes cheap but if you’re prepared to pay the price, you’re unlikely to regret it. In every respect, this lens is well and truly worthy of our Editor’s Choice award.

Rating

Build    

9.3

Handling  

9.0

Image quality  

9.0

Versatility

8.8

OVERALL  

8.8

RRP:  AU$1199; US$999

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