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Naughty Nigel
9th January 2014, 09:12 AM
Is there any news about the Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 M Zuiko Micro Four Thirds Lens?

I seem to remember this was promised for October/November (2013 I presume), but it is now January, and nobody seems to have any stock.

I would really like to try this lens but I am losing hope that I will see it in my lifetime! :)

Glee
9th January 2014, 09:22 AM
I gave up and bought as part of a kit, local dealer did me a special deal as a long standing customer and I got the camera and lens for 1800. (Believe me this us a one off and I won't be as lucky twice with other gear) I was really surprised to find a soft case and a lens hood as part of the package, hope the supply issue improves for those wanting the lens very soon.

Ian
9th January 2014, 09:24 AM
Yes sorry about the delay - priority was rightly to fulfil orders, but I am hopeful we'll get stock in very soon - I have requested an update today.

We do have a couple of E-M1s, one of which is going out to a hire customer today as it happens.

Ian

Naughty Nigel
9th January 2014, 09:35 AM
OK thank you Ian. I sometimes need reminding that I am an Olympus owner, and therefore patience is needed! :) *yes

Zuiko
9th January 2014, 09:51 AM
I gave up and bought as part of a kit, local dealer did me a special deal as a long standing customer and I got the camera and lens for 1800. (Believe me this us a one off and I won't be as lucky twice with other gear) I was really surprised to find a soft case and a lens hood as part of the package, hope the supply issue improves for those wanting the lens very soon.

Lens hood ??? :eek:

Can't be an Olympus lens then! :rolleyes:


:D:D:D

Ian
9th January 2014, 10:16 AM
Olympus Pro lenses have always had a lens hood and a soft case :)

Ian

Ian
9th January 2014, 10:18 AM
OK thank you Ian. I sometimes need reminding that I am an Olympus owner, and therefore patience is needed! :) *yes

Just been told there are no 12-40s available at this moment but there might be an E-M1 12-40 kit. I will update you if I get anywhere with this.

On the positive side - a couple of HLD-7s should be on their way!

Ian

Naughty Nigel
9th January 2014, 10:25 AM
Olympus Pro lenses have always had a lens hood and a soft case :)

Ian

I bought an Olympus 12 ~ 60 for my E5, which came with a lens hood but no soft case.

I seem to remember we discussed this matter here a few months ago, and this policy was generally seen to be short-sighted.

I know other soft cases are available, but I particularly like the Olympus ones, and would gladly buy them for my other lenses if they were available.

Ian
9th January 2014, 10:49 AM
I bought an Olympus 12 ~ 60 for my E5, which came with a lens hood but no soft case.

I seem to remember we discussed this matter here a few months ago, and this policy was generally seen to be short-sighted.

I know other soft cases are available, but I particularly like the Olympus ones, and would gladly buy them for my other lenses if they were available.

You are right - my mistake. I think this was a change of usually policy at the time.

Ian

Olybirder
9th January 2014, 11:02 AM
I am not sure how the ranges of 4/3 and m4/3 equate to each other. There are three grades of 4/3 lenses: Standard, Pro and Top Pro. There are also three grades of m4/3 lenses: M.Zuiko, M.Zuiko Premium and M.Zuiko Pro.

However, I am not sure if the Pro grade in each format is the same or if the Top Pro and M.Zuiko Pro are similar grades. It also seems odd that the m4/3 45mm and 75mm lenses are both rated as Premium, despite one costing about three times as much as the other.

Ron

Zuiko
9th January 2014, 11:27 AM
Olympus Pro lenses have always had a lens hood and a soft case :)

Ian

But there was a time when even the lenses I can afford came with a hood and case!

I know I'm creating mischief, but even Damian McGillicudy agrees with me, he publicly chided Olympus about this at the Circus event. :D

Wee man
9th January 2014, 12:12 PM
Hood! Why do I need a hood next doors children give me enough grief.....................

Any word on the 40 - 150 2.8f ? Launch , price etc.

benvendetta
10th January 2014, 01:00 PM
I bought my E-M1 as part of a split kit and the soft case for the 12-40 was still in the box. I will probably get the 12-40 at some stage in the future and will no doubt have the case too but if anyone wants the 12-40 soft case that I currently have, they can for a nominal sum (postage plus a bit more). Please PM me if interested.

Wee man
10th January 2014, 03:33 PM
You have a message

Ian
10th January 2014, 03:38 PM
Hood! Why do I need a hood next doors children give me enough grief.....................

Any word on the 40 - 150 2.8f ? Launch , price etc.

No, not yet. Olympus didn't launch anything at CES this week but I suspect that is to keep their powder dry for the Japanese CP+ show in a month's time.

Ian

Naughty Nigel
21st May 2014, 10:19 PM
Is there any news about the Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 M Zuiko Micro Four Thirds Lens?

I seem to remember this was promised for October/November (2013 I presume), but it is now January, and nobody seems to have any stock.

I would really like to try this lens but I am losing hope that I will see it in my lifetime! :)

Hi Ian,
I might have missed an announcement, but is the Olympus 12 ~ 40mm f2.8 M Zuiko Micro Four Thirds Lens available for hire yet?

My local stockist has said they can order one if I want it, but at the price I would rather try one first!

I am reasonably happy with the standard 12 ~ 50 millimetre zoom, but it is too slow for much of my indoor work, and I feel could also be sharper (and less prone to flare and hazy images) under some conditions.

Any news would be welcome!

Regards,

Nigel.

Ian
21st May 2014, 10:48 PM
Hi Ian,
I might have missed an announcement, but is the Olympus 12 ~ 40mm f2.8 M Zuiko Micro Four Thirds Lens available for hire yet?

My local stockist has said they can order one if I want it, but at the price I would rather try one first!

I am reasonably happy with the standard 12 ~ 50 millimetre zoom, but it is too slow for much of my indoor work, and I feel could also be sharper (and less prone to flare and hazy images) under some conditions.

Any news would be welcome!

Regards,

Nigel.

Hi Nigel - sorry for any confusion but we announced in the hire page two months ago that E-M1s and 12-40s were available - see:

http://e-group.uk.net/hire

They are not on the main price list as we're in the process of re-calculating and updating the stock entries. Some prices are going down and some are going up.

But please do get in touch if you would like to book a 12-40 although we currently only have two examples available.

Ian

Naughty Nigel
1st June 2014, 03:40 PM
The 12 ~ 40 hire lens arrived here safely on Friday, and it doesn't disappoint!

In some ways it's a shame the EM5 doesn't have an optical viewfinder as I'm sure this lens would be a treat to use, with the image being both bright and crisp. However, even with the EM5's electronic viewfinder the image snaps in and out of focus very decisively, and the photographs I have taken so far appear pin sharp from edge to edge even when the aperture is wide open.

I was particularly interested on the lens's wide angle performance, but it doubles as a good portrait lens at the 40 mm end. It would have been even better if it went to 50 millimetres, but I guess you can't have everything.

I realise this isn't the place for a lens review, but I just wanted to thank Ian and his team for their efficiency (and trust!), and to let you all know this is one very, very nice lens!

The 12 ~ 40 is rather pricey, but somehow I think I will be buying one very soon!

Bengeo
1st June 2014, 03:55 PM
Carmarthen Cameras have got them for £729.99 at the moment - I think that is only a short term deal - http://www.carmarthencameras.co.uk/product/10168/olympus-m-zuiko-digital-ed-12-40mm-1-2-8-pro-lens-for-micro-four-thirds-cameras

Andy

Naughty Nigel
1st June 2014, 04:29 PM
Carmarthen Cameras have got them for 729.99 at the moment - I think that is only a short term deal - http://www.carmarthencameras.co.uk/product/10168/olympus-m-zuiko-digital-ed-12-40mm-1-2-8-pro-lens-for-micro-four-thirds-cameras

Andy

That's a good find. Thank you!

Naughty Nigel
12th June 2014, 10:04 AM
Carmarthen Cameras have got them for 729.99 at the moment - I think that is only a short term deal - http://www.carmarthencameras.co.uk/product/10168/olympus-m-zuiko-digital-ed-12-40mm-1-2-8-pro-lens-for-micro-four-thirds-cameras

Andy

I would like to report that I ordered the lens from Carmarthen, which arrived next morning, so an excellent service all round.

I have now used the lens in anger, and must say it more than lives up to my expectations. I wish it went a little further than 40 mm at the long end, but you cannot have everything. I have the 40 ~ 150 f4.0 ~ f5.6 lens, but somehow suspect I will be looking for something faster soon., especially given that I seem to have permanently 'lost' my E5 to my son!

The Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8 LUMIX G looks very attractive, and presumably works well on OMD bodies?

I just need to find out how to get my hire charges refunded by Olympus UK now. :)

StephenL
12th June 2014, 10:21 AM
I'm very pleased by my recently acquired 35-100. Very sharp - nearly as sharp as the 75mm but not quite. Fast to focus, well-built, slightly lighter than the 12-40.

Naughty Nigel
12th June 2014, 02:01 PM
I'm very pleased by my recently acquired 35-100. Very sharp - nearly as sharp as the 75mm but not quite. Fast to focus, well-built, slightly lighter than the 12-40.

That sounds like a good recommendation Stephen. Does the lens's inbuilt image stabilisation work on Olympus bodies?

StephenL
12th June 2014, 02:04 PM
There's a setting within the E-M1 to allow it to prefer lens IS where switched on, but I've not tried it. I keep the lens IS off and rely on the IBIS.

BTW, when I bought mine used from Wex, they had another.

Ian
12th June 2014, 02:05 PM
That sounds like a good recommendation Stephen. Does the lens's inbuilt image stabilisation work on Olympus bodies?

Yes it does if you configure the camera appropriately (turn IS off, for a start). More recent Olympus bodies now have a menu option to enable selection between lens OIS and sensor IS.

In general, though, Olympus' sensor IS is best.

Ian

StephenL
12th June 2014, 02:10 PM
If you look at my thread in FF "There once was ...", they were taken with this lens.

snerkler
11th February 2015, 02:05 PM
Hi, I'm wanting to hire the 12-40mm f2.8 but I still can't find it on the list and therefore can't find a price. Can someone point me in the right direction please?

Ian
11th February 2015, 02:36 PM
Sorry - email hire at e-group.uk.net and I will prepare a quote for you. Basically it starts from £33.60 for the minimum three day hire period, including VAT but not shipping (if required).

Ian

snerkler
11th February 2015, 03:02 PM
Sorry - email hire at e-group.uk.net and I will prepare a quote for you. Basically it starts from 33.60 for the minimum three day hire period, including VAT but not shipping (if required).

Ian

Cool, thanks.