So you think that the Oly 12-40 is built of metal?

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Rick_Hunter
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So you think that the Oly 12-40 is built of metal?
Dec 7, 2013

Well... It's not, look at this cutaway:

It's all plastic, except for the lens mount and the "bodywork". It actually is a plastic lens wrapped in a thin external layer of metal, so that it looks like metal from the outside.

I would also like to point out that the screws holding the lens mount to the lens are screwed onto plastic and the zoom helicoids are plastic too.

Oh well, I'll be getting one anyway, there is no doubt it's an optically superb lens, but I'm a bit sad that at this pricepoint (and with a PRO monicker printed on the lens barrel itself) we are getting a dressed-up plastic lens instead of a (real) metal one like the 75mm 1.8 (check lensrental's dismantling of the 75 and you will see it is much better built)

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