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Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm F2.8 Pro

65points

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
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Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm F2.8 Pro vs Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ

Why is Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm F2.8 Pro better than Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ?

  • Can focus to infinity
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  • Weather-sealed (splashproof)
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  • 20% wider aperture at minimum focal length
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    f/2.8 vs3.5f
  • 2.8f wider aperture at maximum focal length
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    2.8fvs5.6f
  • 0.05m shorter minimum focus distance
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    0.2mvs0.25m
  • 9° wider maximum angle of view
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    84°vs75°
  • 0.07x Better magnification factor
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    0.3xvs0.23x
  • Includes lens hood
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Why is Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ better than Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm F2.8 Pro?

  • 289g lighter
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    93gvs382g
  • Has a silent focus motor built into the lens
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  • 1° narrower minimum angle of view
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    29°vs30°
  • 2mm longer maximum focal length
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    42mmvs40mm

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General info

1.weather-sealed (splashproof)
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ
The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
2.weight

382g

93g

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
3.Has a metal mount
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ
A metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.
4.Includes lens hood
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ
It comes with a lens hood so that you don’t have to buy it separately. These are used to block strong light sources, such as the sun, from the lens to prevent glare and lens flare.
5.minimum focal length

12mm

14mm

A shorter minimum focal length allows you to get more of the scene in the photo, and offers a wider angle of view than longer focal lengths.
6.maximum focal length

40mm

42mm

A longer maximum focal length allows you to focus in on a small part of a scene, and offers a narrower angle of view than shorter focal lengths.

Optics

1.maximum angle of view

84°

75°

At the shorter end of the lens you get the widest angle of view. This allows you to fit more of the scene into the photograph (based on APS-C format).
2.magnification

0.3x

0.23x

A true macro lens has a magnification of 1:1. This means that the image produced is a life-size representation of the subject being photographed.
3.minimum angle of view

30°

29°

At the longest end of the lens you get the narrowest angle of view. This allows you to fit a small portion of the scene into the photograph, such as when you are zooming in on a subject (based on APS-C format).
4.optical zoom

3.3x

3x

The zoom range is the ratio between the longest and shortest focal lengths. A higher zoom range means that the lens is more versatile.

Aperture

1.wide aperture (main camera)

f/2.8

f/3.5

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
2.widest aperture at maximum focal length

2.8f

5.6f

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
3.smallest aperture at maximum focal length

22f

22f

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.
4.Has rounded aperture blades
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ
Similar to the number of aperture blades, rounded blades affect the way the light gets through to the sensor. Rounded blades, often only found on more expensive lenses, improve the appearance of the out-of-focus areas. This allows you to attain better, softer looking bokeh in your photos.
5.smallest aperture at minimum focal length

22f

22f

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.
6.aperture blades

7

5

The aperture controls how much light gets through to the camera’s sensor. More blades is often an indicator of a better quality lens. It also allows you to achieve much nicer looking bokeh when blurring out your background, whereas a lens with less blades will often produce harsher, more polygonal bokeh.

Focus

1.Can focus to infinity
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ
Many lenses allow you to focus to infinity. This is essential when you wish to take photos including far off objects, such as when shooting landscapes, in order to make sure everything is sharp and in focus.
2.Has focus motor
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ
Lenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.
3.Has full-time manual focus
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ
With full-time manual focus, you can move the focus ring whilst it is in AF (autofocus) mode. This means that you can make manual adjustments once the AF has finished, without changing to manual mode.
4.has a silent focus motor built into the lens
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ
Lenses with built-in focus motor focus faster and more quietly than lenses without a focus motor which rely on the camera's body focus motor.
5.minimum focus distance

0.2m

0.25m

This is the closest distance that the lens can focus. A shorter minimum focus distance allows you to get closer to your subject, and is particularly important when doing macro photography.

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