Olympus Pen F 40mm 1.4 comments

Started Sep 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP Habs Fan27 Contributing Member • Posts: 740
Re: Olympus Pen F 40mm 1.4 comments

By FT scale, you mean the scale that has numbers from 1 to 6? instead of aperture values?

Thanks for the response.  I've read a few posts form you about this lens in other threads.  Good to know you still enjoy it.

zink wrote:

Habs Fan27 wrote:

I've gone on a bit of a lens buying spree with the NEX 16mm and wide angle adapter in the mail right now. I was looking for a Pen 38mm as it's quite highly regarded but have an opportunity to get the 40mm instead.

Handling wise, are there any issues? I've heard that it does not have clicks at every aperture stop. Also, how well does it work with focus peaking at wider apertures (1.4 to 2.8)? I currently use a Konica Hexanon 40mm so basically I was hoping for something more useable around f2. It's also not the easiest lens to manual focus.

I've seen a few 38/40mm sharpness comparisons which seem to be a toss up. It would seem that the 40mm has lower contrast but that could be the processing on the images I've seen. Bokeh by all accounts is less busy - any comments? If anyone has some wide open shots, I'd like to see that.


The Pen-F 40/1.4 is one of the best lenses ever you can mount on a NEX. I have had two. One with a FT scale and one older without it. The older non FT version was a bit soft at f/1.4, but already good at f/2. The FT version must have better coatings because it is already sharp wide open. This one I still use a lot and I will never sell it.

I have had no issues with non clicking f-stops. Bokeh is better compared to the 38/1.8. Both the 38mm and 40mm will leave the Konica 40/1.8 in the dust.

NEX-5 with Zuiko 40/1.4 @ f/1.4

NEX-5 with Zuiko 40/1.4 @ f/11

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