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Time to summarize and review the results of the Olympus 12-40 f/2.8 - here's the thumbnail sketch!THE BUILD QUALITY: It's top shelf, especially compared to the build of the majority of M43 lenses in the marketplace - it's mostly made out of metal, with tight zoom and focus rings, the focus ring clutch mechanism is fluid and really well implemented - much better than similar systems put out by other lens manufacturers - notably Tokina - who's implementation of a similar clutch system that's not nearly as refined. The 12-40 is also weather sealed and the whole thing just reeks of quality. Even the lens hood and and lens cap feel rock solid. It's also reasonably light, coming in at just under 14 oz. It's a simply stellar effort, we ave the build a perfect 10/10
FOCUS SPEED AND ACCURACY: The fastest I think I've ever tested, it's virtually instantaneous and incredibly accurate! The most talented marksmen would be envious of the 12-40's focus speed and accuracy, it too was a perfect 10/10
OPTICAL QUALITY & QUALITY OF RESULTS: I'm struggling to find some faults with the 12-40. It handles flair really well, it's so sharp in the center of the frame you're eyes will bleed, diffraction sets in at narrower apertures making the lens less sharp at say f/11 and narrower. Other downsides, it noticeably vignettes at f/2.8... But really, it's just splitting hairs, most of the issues with the 12-40 are easily correctable in Lightroom so getting to the promised land is only a few clicks away. We gave it a 9.5 for optical quality and a 10 for the quality of the results.
VALUE: When compared to the DSLR equivalents from Canon, Nikon, etc, the 12-40 looks like a really good value, even when compared to it's direct M43 competition - the Panasonic 12-35 - which has a shorter focal range and is also $200 more. If you're a pro and you're getting into M43, then I think a lens like this becomes a requirement, just keep in mind that f/2.8 on an M43 system is like f/5.6 on a full frame equivalent with regard to depth of field. But I think most pros considering m43 probably know that's a shortcoming of the system, and in reality is your client really going to see the difference in depth of field that you and I will? For value, we gave the 12-40 a 9.5/10
OVERALL 49/50 and earns the Editor's Choice Award and it's the new high score champion lens that we've reviewed.
THE FINAL WORD: If you need a fast general purpose lens for your M43 system and you're a pro or serious enthusiast, then the 12-40 is one of the absolute must have lenses for the M43 system, offering the best of general purpose zoom range with a full frame equivalent field of view of 24-80mm, a constant fast f/2.8 aperture, great optics, great build, and ultra fast focus - all in the 12-40 is just another insanely good lens courtesy of the folks over at Olympus, just remember, quality THIS good comes at a price. So to answer the original question, will your clients take you seriously if you show up with an M43 camera and this lens? Well, to answer that I'd say, it's not the size of the lens that matters... It's what you do with it... This is Darren Miles with Darren Miles Photography here in beautiful, sunny, Naples FL, if you like these reviews, please don't forget to "SUBSCRIBE!" Thank you so much for watching, and until the next time, happy shooting!!