Olympus 12-40mm F/2.8 - WOW!

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Clint, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. Clint

    Clint Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 22, 2013
    San Diego area, CA
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    The lens arrived today and when I got home from work I unboxed it. The descriptions most have posted about the lens are accurate if not underrated. I pulled out the 12-60mm f/2.8-3.5 and did a quick comparison look. The first that hit me is the 12-60 is only little larger, not the significant difference I expected. And the 12-40 is about the same size as the 12-50mm, only a little larger diameter.

    I was in a room where the exposure was ISO 200, 1.3 sec, f/2.8 so the EV would be just a little under EV3. This setup focuses quick and accurately on anything I pointed the camera at! Without a doubt in the realm in the realm of today's top pro cameras.

    As it was already dark outside I thought I'd check the S-AF close focusing ability. I mounted the 12-40 and my just repaired FL-600R flash on the EM-1. And snapped a couple of shots after trying to make sure I was as close as the lens could automatically focus. The target, a nickel on some black leather. The American nickel is .835 inches in diameter (21.2mm or just a little larger than 13/16").

    EM-1 set to muted picture mode, Auto WB, ISO 800, 1/20, f/2.8, 12-40mm f/2.8 lens at 40mm, flash bounced, imported into Lightroom 5.2 using all default settings, no adjustments made except Lightooms sharpen at export for screens.

    The first photo was originally 4306 x 3456 resized to 1,000 x 750 for the web. The second is a crop of 997 x 748 without any resizing.


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  2. troll

    troll Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 25, 2012
    Would really love to see a full-size comparison between 12-40 and 12-60. :blush:
  3. CarlB

    CarlB Mu-43 Veteran

    That is some thin depth of field. Nice!