Showcase Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO

Joelmusicman

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Finally! I've been waiting to see this thread grow. I'm very interested in this lens so thank you guys for contributing. The original size files look great for a zoom, can't wait to see more :2thumbs:


I was just thinking that I don't like it all that much :blush: It looks a bit busy to me but not bad for a zoom.
I was just thinking exactly the opposite. I think the bokeh is superb, especially on the shot of the blueberries! From what I've seen online this lens definitely lives up to the "PRO" designation. There are no apologies needed for anything!

If you wanna see crappy bokeh check out the Panny 12-35.
 

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I was just thinking exactly the opposite. I think the bokeh is superb, especially on the shot of the blueberries! From what I've seen online this lens definitely lives up to the "PRO" designation. There are no apologies needed for anything!

If you wanna see crappy bokeh check out the Panny 12-35.
The bokeh when the lens is near it's minimum focus distance is actually pretty good but when that's not the case and there's a little distance between subject and background it looks somewhat distracting to me.
Overall the performance of this lens looks great though and I plan on picking one up at some point in the future.
 

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after looking at the 12-35mm/F2.8 thread there is one question that I have.
Is it just me but my first impression was WOW those are really sharp. I don't
get the same impression looking these over. Don't get me wrong, they are
excellent examples but I'm not saying WOW.
I had the 12-35 and now have the 12-40, and I find no real difference in sharpness but I'm no expert.

I was impressed by the 12-35 and am impressed by the 12-40 as well in so far as sharpness goes. They are both bloody great lenses.

The 12-40 can focus so close ... the only real difference as far as I can tell. The better weather sealing is also a bonus.

Sure, when more sites like Photozone & Lenstip measure the actual results, one may be sharper than the other, but in really world use there doesn't seem like much in it.

The 12-40 seems to focus a tiny bit faster as well.
 

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If you wanna see crappy bokeh check out the Panny 12-35.
Respectfully, I can't agree with you at all on this. At closer distances, I find the 12-40 better, but when there is a bit of distance between the subject and the background, I'm finding the 12-35 was better. The 12-40 seems to get nervous quicker.

Saying that, I really haven't spent enough time with the lens yet to stand by this ... it may just be the background in the images I've taken with the 12-40 so far ... not sure.

I wish I'd kept the 12-35 for a little bit longer so I could of tested them side by side, but someone offered me a great price for it.
 

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In what way does the Olympus one have better weather sealing? Neither have official IPx ratings so it's a bit hard to be certain...
Yes, for sure. No real way to tell.

I guess it's just the videos I see of it under the shower and and in the wet that give me more confidence using the E-M1 & 12-40 in harsher conditions that the GH3 & 12-35.

But you are right ... who knows really !!
 

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have not had a chance to go outside with the lens yet.
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Imo this lens unequivocably produces sharper images and has better rendering than the 12-35, although it's not like the latter is a slouch! But given that this lens is cheaper, has a better zoom range(the difference between 35mm and 40mm is substantial, imo), and handles better, it's definitely the go to choice for olympus folk, unless they're really looking to minimize size as much as possible.
 

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after looking at the 12-35mm/F2.8 thread there is one question that I have.
Is it just me but my first impression was WOW those are really sharp. I don't
get the same impression looking these over. Don't get me wrong, they are
excellent examples but I'm not saying WOW.
You took the words right out of my mouth. I'd love to get some seat time with this lens to compare, but I'm not seeing the punch that I'd expect, given so many slamdunks in Olympus' current lineup.
 

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You took the words right out of my mouth. I'd love to get some seat time with this lens to compare, but I'm not seeing the punch that I'd expect, given so many slamdunks in Olympus' current lineup.
My impression of the lens is that it is actually very sharp with good contrast. Not quite 75/1.8 sharp, but certainly not far behind (to my eyes, at least). It definitely has the signature micro-contrast of the recent Olympus lenses. However, since this is not a lens test thread, the shots that I posted earlier were actually quite heavily processed. I reduced contrast and saturation to mimic a film texture. The original shots definitely had more pop to them.
 

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my first image w/ the 12-40 (photographed 5 minutes after picking it up...)

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Thanks for all the samples, keep them coming! This lens looks superb at f/2.8. Can't wait for my copy!

Anybody have samples and crops at at narrow apertures, like f11 and smaller? I'm curious how much softness diffraction will introduce with this lens.
 

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Respectfully, I can't agree with you at all on this. At closer distances, I find the 12-40 better, but when there is a bit of distance between the subject and the background, I'm finding the 12-35 was better. The 12-40 seems to get nervous quicker.

Saying that, I really haven't spent enough time with the lens yet to stand by this ... it may just be the background in the images I've taken with the 12-40 so far ... not sure.

I wish I'd kept the 12-35 for a little bit longer so I could of tested them side by side, but someone offered me a great price for it.
So I looked at some more bokeh photos from the 12-35 (never shot it myself) and I retract my comments that it's "crappy." Still, the bokeh (usually with busy backgrounds with medium distance subjects) from the 12-35 have that weird double-image appearance that seem to give me a headache. On the photos I've seen, the Oly does not have this problem.
 

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Come on guys... The 12mm is a prime lens with a maximum aperture that is a full stop faster than the new Oly zoom! That alone should answer whether or not the f/2.8 12-40 is a compatible replacement... I don't own the 12mm, but do have the 14 and all I can say is there's nothing like the size and speed of a little tiny prime lens... While the 12-40 is turning out to be a superb lens for me, it's a beast size-wise in comparison to the TINY Pany 14.

just my 2 sense...

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