Here we go! bear with me as I gradually flesh out this review of the Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds lens. I'm looking for a compact, large aperture lens, with solid build quality and consistent performance. I think the 12-40mm lens should meet these needs, I have recently borrowed the lens so that I can be certain before I spend a whole bunch of money on it!
When first started using the Olympus and Panasonic Four Thirds digital SLR system, Ideal aspirational lenses for me were the large-aperture HG and SHG lenses in the Olympus system. I dreamed of owning amazing lenses like the awesome SHG 14-35mm f/2.0, the super versatile HG 50-200mm f/2.8-f/3.5 but I couldn't afford them. I found a great deal on the Olympus 11-22mm f2.8-3.5 lens. It produced so many great photos
After a few years and relocating to the other side of the world, I was not using the 11-22 often and decided to cut back to . The focus speed on my micro four thirds body was horribly slow, the weight and size of an SLR lens on a CSC camera with adapter was impractical, eventually I decided to sell the lens.
Right now i'm shooting all photos with only a Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 and an Olympus 45mm f/1.7. These are excellent lenses and I’ll definitely hang on to them but I need something else, something more versatile. I have realised that I miss owning a high quality, wide angle zoom lens.