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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40 mm F2.8 PRO Lens, Universal Zoom, Suitable for All MFT Cameras (Olympus OM-D & PEN Models, Panasonic G-Series), Black

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I’ll be honest in that I don’t use my Pany 45-150mm all that much, and never really have to be honest, it just doesn’t fit my shooting style most of the time but is there when I need more reach. When my partner Don wanted to push his PEN F down my way, I hesitated because I swore off Olympus cameras.

It rotates smoothly, but has a nice resistance, which is stiff enough that it won't creep, but it definitely takes two fingers to rotate. While this lens might be overkill for some, for those who are interested to get the creme de la creme, the Olympus 12-40mm is quite simply a stunning lens that is a joy to use. If you have a function specific to the way you shoot like Magnify, Peaking or Digital Teleconverter, you can assign one of them to a button on the lens barrel and access it instantly. In the case of the Olympus at shorter focal lengths the lens doesn’t have to be stopped down at all. The IP53-rating means it's highly weathersealed so you can shoot without worry in the most adverse conditions.At one point, an engineer told me that OM System looks to Zeiss as their standard for testing against. FAVORITE SUBJECT TO PHOTOGRAPH: Chris enjoys creating conceptual work that makes people stare at his photos. The oddity is that the camera takes the modest amount of pin cushion distortion at marked 25mm focal length and changes it into a modest amount of barrel distortion! Even the front lens cap, which uses the pinch-type release, is nicely done and easy to use by touch.

I did many night-shoots over the last weeks and I had pretty much no problems with direct and bright light-sources. The wide aperture made it really easy to capture shots in the dim forest, alongside also providing great bokeh throughout, the image is at least sharp enough throughout- and way better than expected.I had a bunch of cameras like the NEX7, Fuji Xpro, for some reason, I never used them as a personal camera, I never shot personal images with them. As M4/3 matured though, the high end of the system grew aspirations to move into the pro space, with cameras like Olympus's OM-D range and Panasonic's GH models offering top-end features and build quality to match the best SLRs. The front element does not extend nor does it rotate during focusing (and zooming), making accessories such as circular polarizers easy to use with this lens. Interestingly, as you stop down, CA appears to increase at 35mm, but we see an opposite behavior at 40mm.

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