Olympus has announced the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO wide-angle to portrait-length zoom lens that is compatible with the Micro Four Thirds system back in September, 2013.
Two more reviews are made for the new Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens. LensTip has posted a full review featuring vignetting, distortion, auto focus, ghosts and flare and several sample images taken with the lens. Focus Numerique also posted their test results for the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO lens. See their conclusion below.
Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens Reviews
From Lenstip review :
The Panasonic G X VARIO 12–35 mm f/2.8 ASPH. P.O.I.S set the standards pretty high in this category but the Olympus company managed to meet them without any problem. First of all they produced a bit cheaper lens with a wider focal range. When it comes to the image sharpness the Panasonic is a bit more even but the Olympus provide a tad more lpmm at the maximum relative aperture. Apart from that you get slightly lower distortion and chromatic aberration, noticeably lower vignetting and distinctly better performance against bright light. The Panasonic, for a change, corrects the coma better and its off-focus images look nicer; it is also physically lighter and smaller, despite built-in image stabilization, and it is produced in Japan.
From Focus Numerique Test Results : (translation)
The sharpness is overall pretty good and homogeneous (even at f / 2.8) especially at wider focal lengths. Strangely 40mm sharpness at full aperture drops significantly vis-à-vis other focal lengths. Everything returns to normal as soon f / 4.
The Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO lens is a high-end standard zoom lens to match the newly announced OM-D E-M1 mft camera. The 12-40mm F2.8 PRO 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.
Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 PRO Lens Price
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO lens for micro four thirds cameras price is $999.00. The new Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 PRO is also available to buy from the camera stores below.