Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro Lens Sample Images

Here are some photos I’ve taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens.

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Here are some photos I’ve taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens. All of these were taken on the Olympus OM-D E-M1X body.

Olympus is now OM System

In 2020-21, the photography business of iconic camera brand Olympus was spun off and sold. The core remaining Olympus brand is focusing on medical and scientific products. The camera and photography side was then rebranded as OM System, with the first cameras and lenses under that brand coming out at the end of 2021.

While I would have preferred a more varied selection of subjects, I’ve tried to include shots taken at various apertures and angles, as well as include images that might show up issues such as chromatic aberration (purple fringing), barrel distortion, sharpness issues, vignetting, or flaring. I’ll post a more detailed review separately; these sample images are designed to go alongside that review.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro Zoom Lens
  • Constant f2.8 maximum aperture
  • Focal length: 12 to 40 millimeter, minimum focus distance 7.87 inches (20 centimeter )

All of these images have only had the lightest of processing in Lightroom, and I have not applied any corrections for optical flaws such as distortion, chromatic aberration, or extra sharpening.

Photos Taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro Zoom Lens

You can click on each image for a full-size version for a closer look.

Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/3.2 at 12mm (24mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/2.8 at 12mm (24mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/2.8 at 17mm (34mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/8 at 12mm (24mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/6.3 at 12mm (24mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/2.8 at 15mm (30mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/11 at 14mm (28mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/2.8 at 32mm (64mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/2.8 at 40mm (80mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/2.8 at 20mm (40mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/2.8 at 40mm (80mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/3.2 at 17mm (34mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/2.8 at 12mm (24mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/2.8 at 20mm (40mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/2.8 at 17mm (34mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/2.8 at 38mm (76mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/3.2 at 27mm (54mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/2.8 at 38mm (76mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/2.8 at 24mm (48mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/2.8 at 12mm (24mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/8 at 40mm (80mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/2.8 at 40mm (80mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/8 at 17mm (34mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/2.8 at 26mm (52mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/6.3 at 13mm (26mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/2.8 at 12mm (24mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/2.8 at 34mm (68mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/2.8 at 22mm (44mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/8 at 16mm (32mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/3.2 at 12mm (24mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/2.8 at 19mm (38mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/2.8 at 34mm (68mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/2.8 at 40mm (80mm @ 35mm equivalent)
Photo taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens
ƒ/8 at 24mm (48mm @ 35mm equivalent)

Optical Correction Tools

I deliberately haven’t applied extensive corrections to these images. And the general rule of thumb in photography is that it’s better to get the shot right at the time of capture rather than trying to fix it after. That’s a great aspiration, but it’s not always possible to do if you’re bumping up against limitations or flaws in gear, conditions, or technique.

But it’s worth mentioning that there are some excellent tools available to help address common issues with lenses, such as distortion, chromatic aberration, and lens vignetting when editing the images. All-round image processing apps like Lightroom Classic and Capture One have solid tools built in already that often cater to specific lens profiles (or you can make your own).

Some more specialized tools can take it even further. DxO, in particular, sets the gold standard. Their software is built on the foundation of their incredibly deep archive of data from their extensive lab testing of the optical performance of lenses and cameras. But there are some other excellent specialized tools available. These are well worth a look (and have free trials):

  • DxO Pure RAW (for a suite of automatic RAW file corrections enhancement)
  • DxO ViewPoint (correcting for distortion and geometry)
  • Topaz Labs Sharpen AI (in addition to standard unsharp tools, includes focus correction and shake reduction)
  • On1 NoNoise (includes Tack Sharp AI, which applies sharpening)

Price & Availability of the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro Zoom Lens

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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro Zoom Lens
  • Constant f2.8 maximum aperture
  • Focal length: 12 to 40 millimeter, minimum focus distance 7.87 inches (20 centimeter )

Accessories for This Lens

The Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens takes 62mm filters.

The dedicated lens hood is model number LH-66.

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