Olympus introduces M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 ‘Pro’ zoom

Olympus has unveiled a high-end standard zoom to match the E-M1, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO. It offers a 24-80mm equivalent range, is dust-, splash- and freeze-proof, and uses a manual focus clutch design similar to the 12mm F2 and 17mm F1.8 primes. A minimum focus distance of 0.2m offers 0.3x magnification, and the lens has a L.Fn button whose function can be customised from the camera. The 14 element / 9 group design is packed full of exotic glass, and includes two aspheric elements. Minor ergonomic improvements include a locking lens hood and centre-pinch lens cap.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO, with focus ring snapped back to reveal distance scale

Olympus has also announced the development of a matching M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO telezoom, which is scheduled to be released by the end of 2014. It’s given few further details, but the press images show it’ll be a substantially larger lens than Panasonic’s Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm F2.8 OIS (as you’d expect). After that, Olympus plans to release a wideangle zoom and super-telephoto prime in this nascent Micro Four Thirds ‘PRO’ range. It seems that these are unlikely to be direct Micro Four Thirds equivalents of the existing Four Thirds Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F4 and Zuiko Digital 300mm F2.8, but instead offer different headline specs.

 The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO is scheduled for release by the end of 2014

From now on Olympus’s Micro Four Thirds lens line will be divided up into three segments, similar to how the company organised its Four Thirds lenses into ‘Standard’, ‘High Grade’ and ‘Super High Grade’ (the latter two known as ‘Pro’ and ‘Top Pro’ in some markets). Alongside the new top end ‘PRO’ line, there’ll also be a ‘Premium’ range, which we’re led to believe will include current primes such as the M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8, M.Zuiko Digital 17mm F1.8 and M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm F2.

Finally the company has quietly revealed a new lens hood for the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ, which until now has made do with sharing the rectangular LH55B originally designed for the collapsible M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 wideangle zoom. The LH55C is a petal-shaped hood that should be more effective at reducing flare from stray light. See below for an image.

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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO specifications


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12-40mm F2.8 cutaway showing optical design   The 12-40mm is dust- and water-resistant
12-40mm F2.8 on OM-D E-M1   12-40mm F2.8 on OM-D E-M1, with hood 
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO  The LH66 hood has locking buttons on either side 
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO  LH55C hood for M.ZD 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ 
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO



The 40-150 looks like just what I’ve been waiting for. Although I still have to wait a bit longer, it’s nice to know it’s on its way. I hope they give it a decent minimum focusing distance of less than 1m so it can cover most of my close-up needs too.


Should they fix the blooming and black spot issues of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema, this would be the (almost) perfect GP lens for it. Too bad there’s no OIS since the Oly has it on-cam.


2.8 is not fast enough for 4/3 format. it’s 24-80 f 5.6 equivalent on FF

Rooru S

ok, being fast is one thing, having a wider aperture is another. 2.8 is fast enough for anyone, but probably, not wide enough for people like you seeking FF OOF Bokeh.


Speed and depth of field is different…


oooh look, another equivalence comment… my surprise-o-meter is registering at 0.1%.


indeed, it’s not fast enough. until we have f/-2 on m4/3 we won’t be able to take decent photos.


lol….some people~~~ lol


m4/3″ lenses are sold cheaper in Japan (1 USD = 100 JPY).
12-40/2.8 is JPY 89,880, with 5% point back (effectively 85,600) now.

don’t know about shipping which is free in Japan. also you get 1 year warranty instead of 3 years (but not very good service compared with CPS/NPS).


0.3x magnification – is it better or worse than 12-50 in its Macro mode?


I’d say anything better than 0.25 is good for a non-macro.


good news – when the hoods are coming with the lenses – for no extra charge!

we need a 4,0/50-300 mm and a 2,0/20-60 mm!

for mFT!
Hope that it doesn’t take until 2015…


these lenses look very Sigmarish (the looks only).


L-Fn button – so Olympus now copies Samsung NX solutions? Well, well, who would have thought…


I don’t know who was first or second, but I do know my Oly 12-50 has the same button.


Not sure what’s surprising. Good ideas are worth copying. I’m sure Olympus didn’t invent the digital camera, nor the camera, nor lenses. Of course they’re copying.

Apple copied Android’s pull down from top because it was a good idea. They’re copying Google Now’s “time to home” because it’s a good (though slightly creepy :P) idea.

Imitate and improve is how you get ahead. There can only be so much brand new ideas… and often those are still copied from nature etc.


Great great news, but that 40-150mm looks a bit on the large side for a m4/3 lens!


it looks a bit large for a small aperture lens.
f/2.8 means very small aperture for 4/3″.

it’s about double of that of Pana 35-100/2.8 which is normal.
but the exact size and weight we don’t know yet.

the price may also be double of that of 35-100/2.8
or 2,800 US. will be interested how the market will react.


“Olympus plans to release a wideangle zoom”
YESSSSS, hope it will come quickly !
I have the E-M5 (great camera) and the Panasonic 7-14. The lense is great except for the flare and reflexion between the rear lense and the sensor, especialy with the E-M5. The results are HORRIBLE, when you are inside a room with windows, it is very difficult to avoid these big purple phantom images. With a GX1, the flare is big too, but it is not so saturated (not purple) so it is less visible ( i think it is in connection with the sensor color and reflexion).
So i will have to send the Panasonic 7-14 and try the Olympus 9-18, waiting for an upgraded 7-14 from Oly ! Please, limited flare and weather sealed, it would be great 🙂


The Panasonic camera corrects the file in-camera for Panasonic lenses. Yes, also in raw files. The correction includes both CA and distortion. You should technically be able to do the same in post processing, though.


Not my kind of tools (for a street shooter) but I’m immensely happy to see this system grow in such a defining way.
Like it or not, m43 is part of the Future. A BIG part!


So, is this like an official announcement of the end of FT? No more mirrored DSLR from Olympus.

Another thing… Why wait until end of 2014? Come on, is Olympus really so busy? Haven´t we seen similar lens “release notes” before? What’s the point in fooling people to wait for something which may never come, like the Olympus 90mm macro lens? Or was it 100mm? I don’t remember any more. OK, I know what the point is… to make them buy the products and wait… and wait… and wait…

photo nuts

If there was an Oly 90mm m43 macro lens, I would not have sold my entire m43 camera and lens collection.


Well, the Oly promise was made for the original FourThirds, not the micro. Perhaps they even promised for the MFT, I don’t know, but they certainly promised more than what they could keep in regard of the original FourThirds DSLR system. There is no point in “lens Road Map” which is not kept.


@photo nuts – You can use any 90mm macro ever created for any camera system on M43. Like the OM Zuiko 90mm f2. Most people use manual focus for macro anyway…


Well yes but then it’s gong to act like a 180mm lens. Not sure you would want that.


150-300mm F2.8, I know I can dream


Dream? No, you just need to wake up and cough 6000$. The lens already exists.



” It offers a 24-80mm equivalent range, is dust-, splash- and freeze-proof,”

allow me to be the first to say that not only is this lens only equivalent to a f5.6 on a FF camera, it is also only equivalent to sand, sprinkle and cold-proof as well. blah-blah-blah the upcoming cheap FF compacts will be the end of m4/3, blah-blah-blah.


You are fooling yourself with that statement, “it’s f5.6 on FF” but it’s not designed for FF it’s a m43 lens and it’s f2.8 no matter how you bang your head.


insert facepalm here ^

Kevin Sutton

Just hit yourself a little harder with your palm, then you will realise that f2.8=f2.8. Equivalent DEPTH OF FIELD to a FF f5.6 yes, but razor thin depth of field does not equal image quality

Beat Traveller

Wow, way to miss the painfully obvious sarcasm…

Jonathan Parker Smith junior

The old ff, apc, m43, 6×6, 5×4, 8×10 focal length/aperture/Dof trope! Why does it someone have to bring this up in every time a company not producing 35mm format camera makes a new lens, it’s boring and we all get it. If resolution, depth of field control and in particular narrow depth of field is your main aim, quit promoting micro formats like FF and go out and buy yourself a 8×10 with a 300mm f5.6 standard lens!


Agentul, give up. Some people wouldn’t recognize a sarcasm if it bit them on the leg.
Comments must be extremely serious, like announcing an attack on a foreign country or – preferably – informing someone a relative died.
And they must be written in such way that a 6 year old can fully understand it.
Also, this lens only resists to half the sand, cold and sprinkles a FF lens can stand. New equivalence theories here! Equivalent sand, equivalent cold, equivalent sprinkles. Yabokkie will have no end of fun calculating the possibilities.

Vlad S

Exciting development! Olympus and Panasonic can be proud of the system they have created. I just wish they both did a better marketing job in the US.


Now we are talking!!!


we’ve been only whispering until now.


I think this is great. Olympus kept the size relatively small, not going all out to F2.0 (good move, imho). The focal lens being a bit more modest means a higher quality optical lens (also good move).

What I would hope is Olympus does produce “Pro” branded/grade primes. Weather sealed, less software corrected and even better and/or faster.


Makes all the NEX cameras look like toys.


toys with better image quality 🙂

Jonathan Parker Smith junior

Aesthetically pleasing lens, it literally oozes the quality an aristocrat demands. I can see it will be perfect for photographing the hounds during fox hunting season, or sharing pictures of the latest acquisition to my extensive pre-18th century art collection. Jolly good show Olympus!


but, sir, the Leica logo is missing.

Jonathan Parker Smith junior

@agentul, Leica is a brand of the Jerry’s. It’s an absolute disgrace, that the Queen continues to ignore this fact!


Pace of releases is too slow. End of 2014 for the 40-150 and then new lenses after that. Come on, by then even Sony will have caught up to m4/3.

Chaitanya S

micro 4/3 just got a lot more serious mirrorless format.


Well, Panasonic already makes 12-35 and 35-100/2.8, for a year or so.


yes, but that’s Panasonic. what good is a interchangeable lens camera if you can’t also brag about a certain manufacturer being superior?

edit: competition is good, though. maybe it will drive the cost of the Panasonic lens down a bit.


Good stuff ! Competition is always a good thing.

Mirrorless Crusader

Hmm, I could buy a huge heavy 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom from CANIKON for $2500, or a lightweight portable 24-80mm f/2.8 for $1000 from OLYMPUS. Tough decision, there.


Well you can always try the Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 VC for around $1000. 🙂


You skipped right over APS-C to make a point, huh?

Gary Martin

Bigger sensor, bigger gear. One size does not fit all.

Mirrorless Crusader

Bigger sensor, bigger gear, bigger price, bigger ripoff, same visually discernible image quality at sub-mural size print and web outputs.


“You skipped right over APS-C to make a point, huh?”

Well a Nikon 17-55/2.8 costs $400 more and weighs twice as much.


2 Mirrorless Crusader :

You should have really written: “I can buy a huge and heavy 24-70 f/2.8 from Canon/Nikon/Sony for $2500 (and for $1200 from Canon, if you can still find version I) or a lightweight portable 24-80 f/5.6 equivalent from Olympus”. Indeed a difficult choice, especially taking into account that for $1200+ you can buy say Canon 24-105 f/4. 🙂

Mirrorless Crusader

If you think it’s f/5.6 equivalent, take an image with the Olympus lens at f/2.8 and another with a FF lens at f/5.6 at the same shutter speed and ISO and tell me with a straight face that the two images have identical exposure values.

Just another Canon shooter

LOL! Nobody in their right mind will buy a f/5.6 standard range zoom, not to mention pay $1k for it.

Mirrorless Crusader

Good thing this isn’t an f/5.6 standard range zoom then.


>24-80 f/5.6 standard zoom
Actually, it’s 2.8. The 5,6 is only the DOF equivalent.

@flipmac I think tkbslc was talking about Pentax.


also together with the sensor it’s f/5.6 WRT low light performance, and diffraction. Cf. DXO.


Hmm indeed, as you aren’t buying a 24-80 f/2.8 now are you, and the price reflects this. Rather than berate DSLR’s just be happy m4/3 lens offerings just improved. Both systems are wonderful.


2 Mirrorless Crusader :
> take an image with the Olympus lens at f/2.8 and another with
> a FF lens at f/5.6 at the same shutter speed and ISO

Not the same ISO number of course :). On FF you’ll use the corresponding ISO to get properly exposed image (4x higher ISO). Noise, DoF, AoV, and diffraction degradation of the image will be the same.



I got a Da*16-50 f2 8 which is weather/dust sealed for £400, sits in the middle size wise but is quite heavy.

Mirrorless Crusader

You’re making a ridiculous argument. The bottom line is that the theoretical advantages of full frame are pretty much irrelevant for anyone who’s not a full-time professional photographer and even for many who are. You pay more but the only thing you get more of is size and weight.

Jon Rty

If your goals is to get the “same visually discernible image quality at sub-mural size print and web outputs”, then why would you get a F/2.8 zoom for FF? Just get a F/5.6, shoot with two stops higher ISO, and hey presto, same visually discernible image quality what DR, SNR, DoF, you name it, is concerned. Or you can be a bigshot and get a Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8 VC and go toe to toe with m43 F/1.4 glass.


It is 12-40/2.8, and NOT 24-80/2.8 NOR 24-80/5.6 (although if somebody would make an FF sensor from 4 m43 sensors in this camera and 4 TruePic VII processors, it in effect would be closer to the later by comparison – but nobody does such a thing).


LOL at the “PRO” emblem! 🙂


PRO for those who don’t have a clue, and
those who don’t have a clue are better customers than pros.

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