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Canon creates EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 40mm F2.8 STM

By dpreview staff on Jun 8, 2012 at 04:00 GMT

Canon has developed the EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 40mm F2.8 STM lenses with stepper motors for fast, quiet operation when shooting video. The 18-135mm STM is an extended standard zoom for APS-C DSLRs, while the 40mm STM is a pancake prime lens for full frame and APS-C cameras. Both lenses feature stepper motors, to enable fast, quiet focus, particularly with the contrast-detection method of autofocus used for live view and video. They also both have electromagnetic diaphragms - allowing smooth and accurate control over aperture for video shooting. The lenses will be available from late June 2012, with the 18-135mm STM costing $549 and the 40mm F2.8 STM costing $199.

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Press Release:

Compact, versatile and powerful - introducing the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

London, UK, 8 June 2012 – Canon today unveils two new compact, lightweight lenses - the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 40mm f/2.8 STM. Showcasing a number of new features, including continuous autofocus in Movie mode, both models offer superior image quality and enhanced flexibility to enable photographers of all skill levels to capture both stills and movies of practically any subject.

Fast, accurate autofocus for film-makers and photographers

As well as offering full-time manual focus controls when shooting stills, the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 40mm f/2.8 STM are both also ideal for aspiring movie makers, allowing them to focus more accurately during shooting. The perfect companion lenses to the new EOS 650D, both models feature new stepper motor technology (STM), enabling fast, continuous focus when recording moving subjects - ensuring movies will be smoother and clearer than ever before.

Offering enhanced AF performance with high-speed, high-precision focusing, the two new lenses make it easy for photographers to capture more spontaneous shots, with exceptional detail and clarity. This is particularly useful for documentary, action or travel photography. With a minimum focusing distance of 0.39m and 0.3m respectively, the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 40mm f/2.8 STM allow you to get even closer to the action whilst keeping the subject in perfect focus.

EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM – versatile, high-performance zoom

Offering a focal range of 18–135mm, the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM has been created to offer photographers a compact, versatile zoom lens which can be used to capture a variety of subjects, from portraits to landscapes and action shots. Ensuring high-quality stills at slow shutter speeds, the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM features an intelligent optical Image Stabilizer which offers a 4-stop advantage over non-IS models. The lens will also sense whether the photographer is shooting normally or panning, engaging the most appropriate IS mode to capture the best possible image. When shooting movies, Dynamic IS automatically engages, countering any shake caused by the videographer's movement to produce smooth, stable footage.

For subtle background blur when exploring shallow depths of field in stills and movies, the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM features a circular aperture with an Electro Magnetic Diaphragm (EMD) which permits highly-accurate control over aperture settings. High image quality is also assured throughout the zoom range thanks to four groups of lens elements including one Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) and one Precision Molded Optics (PMo) element to counter chromatic aberration. Canon's optimised Super spectra coatings on each lens element also reduce ghosting and flare, ensuring images require minimal post-processing.

EF 40mm f/2.8 STM – super-slim, high image quality

The EF 40mm f/2.8 STM is Canon's first EF pancake lens with a fixed focal length of 40mm and wide f/2.8 aperture, making it ideal for photographers who want a versatile, compact and lightweight lens for portrait, reportage, travel or landscape situations. Precision control over the circular, seven-blade aperture is enabled by the EMD, producing a beautiful bokeh effect and an aspheric lens with Super spectra coatings ensures optimal image quality from the centre of the lens to the periphery for stunning shots of practically any subject.

EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM – key features

  • Versatile 18-135mm zoom range – perfect for travel
  • Smooth, quiet STM focusing when shooting movies on compatible cameras
  • Dynamic Image Stabilizer for smooth movie footage
  • Fast autofocus with full-time manual override
  • Minimum focusing distance of 0.39m

EF 40mm f/2.8 STM – key features

  • Portable pancake design
  • Smooth, quiet STM focusing when shooting movies on compatible cameras
  • Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture for low-light shooting
  • Close focus to 0.3m
  • Fast, quiet AF for pin-sharp results
  • Great image quality right across the frame

Canon EF-S 18-135mmm F3.5-5.6 IS STM specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format sizeAPS-C / DX
Focal length18–135 mm
Image stabilisationYes (4 stops)
Lens mountCanon EF-S
Aperture
Maximum apertureF3.5 - F5.6
Minimum apertureF22.0 - F38.0
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades7
Aperture notes6-blade circular aperture
Optics
Elements16
Groups12
Special elements / coatingsSuper Spectra coatings
Focus
Minimum focus0.39 m (15.35)
Maximum magnification0.28×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeStepper motor
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight480 g (1.06 lb)
Diameter77 mm (3.03)
Length96 mm (3.78)
MaterialsPlastic barrel, metal mount
SealingNo
ColourBlack
Zoom methodRotary (internal)
Power zoomNo
Zoom lockYes
Filter thread67 mm
Hood suppliedNo
Hood product codeEW-73B
Tripod collarNo
Optional accessoriesSoft Case LP1116

Canon EF 40mm STM specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typePrime lens
Max Format size35mm FF
Focal length40 mm
Image stabilisationNo
Lens mountCanon EF
Aperture
Maximum apertureF2.8
Minimum apertureF22.0
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades7
Aperture notesRounded aperture
Optics
Elements6
Groups4
Special elements / coatings1 aspherical element
Focus
Minimum focus0.30 m (11.81)
Maximum magnification0.18×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeStepper motor
Full time manualYes
Focus methodUnit
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight130 g (0.29 lb)
Diameter68 mm (2.68)
Length22 mm (0.87)
SealingNo
ColourBlack
Filter thread52 mm
Hood suppliedNo
Tripod collarNo
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Comments

Total comments: 216
12
ecka84
By ecka84 (Jun 8, 2012)

I wonder how would this new 40/2.8 pancake lens work with extension tubes. For now, it is on the top of my WTB list :).

1 upvote
bradleyg5
By bradleyg5 (Jun 8, 2012)

I have a 5dII and I'm going to pick up the 40mm pancake as soon as I can, 200 dollars is a buy. Even the 50mm F1.8 is just a little to big to fix into a small bag.

I'd like to be able to take my camera to more public spaces, but if I end up not using it, not have to lug around something large and inconvenient.

Hopefully that stepper motor will help it perform above average with live view focus even on the 5dII. The 5dII is very silent when taking pictures in live view, but the problem is always getting it focused.

I want something more inconspicuous and quiet but am not willing to invest in micro 4/3 given their very aggressive lens pricing, this lens is a great way to adapt what I already have. Obviously I'd prefer to have a Panasonic Gx1 and a 20mm F1.7 but that's a thousand plus dollar investment which is not practical when I already own a two thousand dollar camera.

1 upvote
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jun 8, 2012)

Being able to carry it alongside your main equipment unnoticed, and the very useful FoV on fullframe, makes this one a win, but you almost make it sound like it will *subtract* size and weight from your 5DII ;)

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 28 seconds after posting
3 upvotes
Allioth
By Allioth (Jun 8, 2012)

I see the pancake as a preview for something mirrorless coming up soon (I hope!!!)... I've read in Canon Rumors that the new Canon mirrorless camera will accept EF lenses... Why would they do a pancake just now? Certenly not for their DSLR market... With the size of their DSLRs, a pancake lens doesn't change things that much...

Something was to be expected this month... We'll see :)

Comment edited 31 seconds after posting
2 upvotes
The Lotus Eater
By The Lotus Eater (Jun 8, 2012)

Unless Canon have managed to put phase detect AF into their mirrorless camera, then existing EF lenses will autofocus awfully slowly. They will need to release a whole new lens range that is optimised to work decently with contrast detect AF, and if they are all part of the EF/EF-S range, they will need to work well with both contrast and phase detect AF. The other consideration is that flange distance will need to be identical to Canon DSLRs, so that doesn't make for a very small mirrorless camera.

On another point, the new 40mm doesn't have IS, so unless the Canon mirrorless body/bodies have in-body IS, which I doubt, then that is slightly dissapointing. I know it's a pancake, and IS would only increase its size, but for a lens that is supposedly optimised for video and contrast AF, it doesn't make much sense.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 12 minutes after posting
3 upvotes
madcrash
By madcrash (Jun 8, 2012)

With their newly redesigned "hybrid" sensor in the T4i, Canon has shown that they have the technology to implement PDAF in a mirrorless system if they want.

0 upvotes
ryansholl
By ryansholl (Jun 8, 2012)

Not to $#!+ on your parade, but this pancake would do zero good for a mirrorless system with a registration distance of 44 mm. Unless you're gung ho for a mirrorless system that is as thick, front to back, as any canon DSLR.

1 upvote
spidermoon
By spidermoon (Jun 8, 2012)

A mirrorless camera with a 40mm pancake that can accept all legacy lenses ? It's remind me something, beginning by letter P :)

1 upvote
The Lotus Eater
By The Lotus Eater (Jun 8, 2012)

Madcrash, clearly they don't, otherwise they would have implemented full-time on-sensor PDAF. It isn't completely ready yet, hence the hybrid nature of the AF.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
fatdeeman
By fatdeeman (Jun 9, 2012)

"They will need to release a whole new lens range that is optimised to work decently with contrast detect AF"

Such as the two brand new STM lenses?

0 upvotes
The Lotus Eater
By The Lotus Eater (Jun 11, 2012)

Indeed, but that hardly constitutes a whole range.

0 upvotes
The A-Team
By The A-Team (Jun 8, 2012)

Great idea for the pancake, although even better if it had IS. Great price too!

0 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jun 8, 2012)

With IS people would say, even better if it were a pancake.

0 upvotes
spidermoon
By spidermoon (Jun 8, 2012)

That why i love IBIS, this stabilize all lenses.

2 upvotes
paulwright
By paulwright (Jun 13, 2012)

What a fantastic body cap! I'm getting two of them

0 upvotes
io_bg
By io_bg (Jun 8, 2012)

18-135 for $550? lol... the Nikon 18-105 is slightly better optically and costs almost twice less.

0 upvotes
kapanak
By kapanak (Jun 8, 2012)

Half as much ... not twice less ... >_>

10 upvotes
spidermoon
By spidermoon (Jun 8, 2012)

Not only the Nikon, the current canon 18-135 IS is around 330$ So it's 200$ more for this STM tech lens. I hop test prove it's a real good and quiet lens. But agin, while only 18mm (28equiv) 2mm less at wide angle seems not too hard to obtain, a 24mm is useful in landscape and interior. And it's again a very conservative lens, since years it's the same range, same aperture. With all those technologic advance in coating and manufacturing, asking for at least 16mm f2.8 at wide angle is too much ?

0 upvotes
io_bg
By io_bg (Jun 8, 2012)

@kapanak - thanks for the correction... English isn't my mother tongue.

2 upvotes
Mike99999
By Mike99999 (Jun 9, 2012)

The Nikon 18-105 is not good. It's softer than the 18-55. One of Nikons worst lenses.

0 upvotes
jj74e
By jj74e (Jun 8, 2012)

I don't understand the point of pancake design for DSLR. It's not like the rest of your system isn't already big? Why not just make it a little bigger and put in IS or something?

Is this Canon's way of going mirrorless without going mirrorless? ;)

Of course, I'm not saying it doesn't or won't appeal to anyone. The aperture could be bigger, but given the price, I guess it works out.

0 upvotes
Kodachrome200
By Kodachrome200 (Jun 8, 2012)

i kno i feel like they must be planning a small camera that takes ef lenses or something

0 upvotes
The Customer
By The Customer (Jun 8, 2012)

On a smaller DSLR, a pancake really does make a big difference. I have an old Pentax *ist DL, which is quite small, almost pocketable, for an SLR body, and I very quickly settled on that company's DA 40mm f/2.8 Ltd. pancake as an everyday lens because, even with the lens hood on, it added barely more mass than a body cap. The difference it made in real-world use and ease of carrying, versus even a small manual prime, are much greater than I would have thought based on printed specs...

5 upvotes
Jens_G
By Jens_G (Jun 8, 2012)

Another advantage is that it's less intimidating/conspicuous, which can be an advantage.

4 upvotes
Calvin Chann
By Calvin Chann (Jun 8, 2012)

Agree. I cannot see the point of a pancake for a DSLR, unless the mirrorless system they are going for will use it, but one of the ideas behind mirrorless is to build a smaller overall system, and if they keep the EOS mount I don't see how they are going to achieve that.

2 upvotes
armandino
By armandino (Jun 8, 2012)

A pancake lens on a DSLR looks a lot more appropriate than a zoom on a mirrorless camera. A lens that does not stick further than the handgrip makes it very portable, reasonably light, and discrete. Might not be the same like a mirrorless 4/3 with a pancake, but you are carrying a round a real camera after all.

0 upvotes
jj74e
By jj74e (Jun 9, 2012)

I don't know, is it really less intimidating/conspicuous than the 50mm they already have? Make it a little bigger and put in IS or something to the size of a 50mm, and it would still be relatively inconspicuous in my mind, especially since the body of a DSLR is still relatively big and when pointed at someone, will draw attention no matter what lens is on it (although obviously a giant telephoto lens would be the worst offender).

But perhaps I'm too biased from being used to photographic equipment; maybe the 50mm is more conspicuous than the pancake would be to non-photography oriented people.

0 upvotes
Heie2
By Heie2 (Jun 8, 2012)

And Pentax remains the only one with an 18-135 that is weather sealed. Try to keep up canon.

8 upvotes
ET2
By ET2 (Jun 8, 2012)

With a slight problem that Pentax 18-135 sucks optically, and unlike the Canon lens, can't do smooth AF with video

2 upvotes
Display76
By Display76 (Jun 8, 2012)

And the Pentax 18-135 does not have a quick and silent motor either, just a barebone DC !! Canon lenses are way better in this regard. (I have both Nikon and Pentax gear and had Canon before.)

2 upvotes
welshwizard
By welshwizard (Jun 8, 2012)

and unlike Canon you can take the Pentax outside in the rain...no point having a general purpose lens if it stops once it starts raining....optically the Pentax isn't so bad, Canon QC sucks too...early adopters beware

1 upvote
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Jun 8, 2012)

@welshwizard rain never stopped me from taking pictures, just makes it trickier holding an umbrella at the same time. If you're running around doing action shooting in the rain then you need weather sealing, if not a non-weather sealed camera is still perfectly usable.

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jun 8, 2012)

I am not one to dive into the brand wars, but funny to hear Pentax telling Canon to keep up. Canon sells more cameras and lenses in a month than Pentax does in 2 years!

2 upvotes
DonThomaso
By DonThomaso (Jun 8, 2012)

I understand why people have pre-ordered the 40mm pancake! If I were a Canon user, I would probably do the same.

As a owner of a K-5 and the 40mm pancake, I can say that it is my most used lens. Optically I assume the Canon pancake would be very similar to the Pentax 40mm, and it is great! The focal length works better than you might think on APS-C, but to use it on a full-frame would be even better.

I'm happy for the Canon users, and hopefully this may bring some attention to the lovely Pentax Limiteds :)

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
17 upvotes
topstuff
By topstuff (Jun 8, 2012)

40mm is a lovely length on FF.

Pop that puppy on a 5D series camera ( classic, 2 or 3) and you would have a relatively compact camera with amazing IQ.

Nice to see Canon copying Pentax !!

13 upvotes
Onur Otlu
By Onur Otlu (Jun 8, 2012)

I look forward to using it with the 5D Classic. With the circular aperture the bokeh should be much better,without the 50 1,8's distracting pentagonal highlights. A wider aperture would be great but for $200 I'm not complaining.
40 mm should also produce more "spaceful" photos than 50 mm. I'm glad they will produce this lens.

5 upvotes
Jens_G
By Jens_G (Jun 8, 2012)

Can't wait to try it on my Eos 3 :)

2 upvotes
beckmarc
By beckmarc (Jun 8, 2012)

Cool another film eos user I can't wait to use it on my Élan 7NE and my eos IX APS film SLR!

2 upvotes
dara2
By dara2 (Jun 8, 2012)

That 40mm is the size of a tele converter, still has motor inside. Just great

0 upvotes
Absolutic
By Absolutic (Jun 8, 2012)

ok I just ordered one through adorama. For $199, I can order it unseen. I could not find it on amazon site....... I see it as being an ideal night lens for my 5DM2, assuming it can be sharp at F/2.8.

40mm would be ideal, because I am familiar with the Panasonic 20mm F/1.7 pancake on micro 4/3 which is exactlly the same length. My 5DM2 strapless with this 40mm pancake, could be ideal combo to take everywhere at night, i...t is non-intimidating and I get to take videos with little or no noise when the lens is focusing? In theory it is great.

0 upvotes
LiveFromPhilly
By LiveFromPhilly (Jun 8, 2012)

That 40mm is sexy! C'mon, Nikon, give me something like that.

7 upvotes
Display76
By Display76 (Jun 8, 2012)

And for $199 too!

2 upvotes
io_bg
By io_bg (Jun 8, 2012)

We have the 35mm f/1.8 which isn't much bigger but is faster and sharp even wide open.

2 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Jun 8, 2012)

io_bg not according to DPR it isn't, it's not sharp across the frame until around f2.8, but it's always nice to have the option of larger aperture there.

1 upvote
cgarrard
By cgarrard (Jun 8, 2012)

Pre ordered the pancake on the spot, no brainer. Selling my voigtlander 40mm nokton now, who wants it? Brand new only used for a week- absolute mint condition.

Should add that my Voigtlander is the EF mount for Canon

Carl

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
1 upvote
Absolutic
By Absolutic (Jun 8, 2012)

where did you preorder? I am trying to find it on amazon and cannot

0 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (Jun 8, 2012)

B & H

1 upvote
glmac
By glmac (Jun 8, 2012)

40mm pancake is ideal for a full frame compact or am I just dreaming?

1 upvote
thinkfat
By thinkfat (Jun 8, 2012)

Not with the standard Canon flange distance.

2 upvotes
Display76
By Display76 (Jun 8, 2012)

Good all-around focal length.

1 upvote
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jun 8, 2012)

Sure the flange back is long, but speaking relatively, i would say the size of a 650D would be 'compact' for full frame. Much more useful on that than it is on the actual 650D.

Comment edited 21 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jun 8, 2012)

I am laughing hard at that $550 price tag on the 18-135mm. I remember when the last version came out and they said the price tag was $400-something. Only nobody ever paid that because you could get them new out of a kit on ebay for $275 all day long. I suspect it will be the same deal with this.

1 upvote
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Jun 8, 2012)

That 40mm pancake is a winner.

A lot of people will buy two!

.

2 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jun 8, 2012)

This pancake lens seems nearly useless on APS-C. Too short for portraits, too long for an everyday prime. And none of their cameras are actually really any more compact just because you put a pancake on it.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
Michael Ma
By Michael Ma (Jun 8, 2012)

Yeah. 40mm x 1.6...64mm and only 2.8...Not really ideal for anything. I'm sure it will have some sharp edges though.

0 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Jun 8, 2012)

Nah, I disagree. I've been using a Canon 35/1.4L forever on my Canon APS-C DSLRs, and it works fine. I've used the 35mm for both portraits and as an everyday prime. 40mm is just a bit tighter on FOV which should make it even better for portraits, and still good for everyday prime. I think it's a winner. This 40mm is a fraction of the cost, fraction of the size, fraction of the weight of my 35/1.4L. I'll probably pick one up. I think this is going to be a must-have lens for anyone with a Canon APS-C or FF DSLR, especially for a mere $200. Nearly useless? LOL, not by a long shot.

You guys are basically applying a historically-based numerical bias. Historically, 50mm were marketed, and 85mm were marketed, so those two numbers (50 and 85) must be "good" and therefore "good for something." But since 40 and 64 weren't historically marketed, your knee-jerk reaction is that these numbers must be "good for nothing!" LOL. Ridiculous! Let go of such bias.

Comment edited 10 minutes after posting
9 upvotes
Jon Rty
By Jon Rty (Jun 8, 2012)

Did you know that SLR Standard primes used to be 58mm in length? Due to the long flange distance making a 50mm lens was harder, and they only became the norm as lens design and manufacture evolved. Yet once 50mms became available, 58mm lenses went away. That's no coincidence.

2 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jun 8, 2012)

nevermind.

Comment edited 37 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
Knight Palm
By Knight Palm (Jun 8, 2012)

Canon has been playing a safe game with it's first pancake lens,
the EF40mm f/2.8 STM. Very similar to the famed Konica Hexanon AR 40 mm / F1.8 (http://www.buhla.de/Foto/Konica/Objektive/e40_18.html), while -1.27 stops slower, the aspherical lens certainly improves the wide open performance. The Canon pancake has a physical size of the also famed small Olympus Zuiko 40mm f/2.0 pancake, still containing a newly designed AF motor, labled STM.

Going wider pancake designs for the EF mount will be more complicated, but isn't impossible as illustrated by Samsung's 20mm f/2.8, Olympus' 17mm f/2.8 ans Panasonic's 14mm f/2.5. However these three lenses are for mirrorless camera designs, an area Canon still has not entered.

1 upvote
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jun 8, 2012)

those wide primes are all on mirroless cameras that have close to a 20mm mount depth. Canon has a 44mm mount depth. So to go much wider than this with a pancake, the lens would be inside the camera.

3 upvotes
Johan Borg
By Johan Borg (Jun 8, 2012)

Hard to not compare this to the Pentax 40mm/2.8 launched for the K01, a pancake optimized for contrast detect AF. Where's the corresponding camera hiding? And tkbslc is right, part of the lenses for such a beast could enter the camera body, for example for a collapsible standard zoom, making the overall system size competitive.

0 upvotes
spidermoon
By spidermoon (Jun 8, 2012)

It's what Pentax done with their limited series, a small 21mm (25mm long), a 40 f2.8 pancake (15mm long) and a 70 f2.4 (26mm long)

0 upvotes
dstarr3
By dstarr3 (Jun 8, 2012)

A full-frame 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens for $200?

This means that Canon DID read all my letters I sent them!

1 upvote
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jun 8, 2012)

They didn't read any letters from us crop shooters. what does one do with a slowish 64mm equivalent prime?

Comment edited 13 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
The Customer
By The Customer (Jun 8, 2012)

"what does one do with a slowish 64mm equivalent prime?"

Take pictures, maybe shoot some video. :)

7 upvotes
armandino
By armandino (Jun 8, 2012)

or buy a FF ;)

0 upvotes
EvokeEmotion
By EvokeEmotion (Jun 8, 2012)

Ordered the pancake. Should see it end of this month.

0 upvotes
Absolutic
By Absolutic (Jun 8, 2012)

So Canon is changing the naming from USM to STM? Are STM lenses still USM, or is it a completely different technology? Are all new Canon lenses then be STM? Is USM a thing of a past?

0 upvotes
AlephNull
By AlephNull (Jun 8, 2012)

It's not new technology, but it's new to DSLRs - there's a brief discussion of it in the 650D preview. We'll probably only see it on lenses intended for video use, though.

0 upvotes
tkpenalty
By tkpenalty (Jun 8, 2012)

STM, as in voice coil motor.

They should hurry up and do the same with the 50mm 1.8

2 upvotes
cameramen
By cameramen (Jun 8, 2012)

FTMF says the release for two lenses, but the spec list says only for the pancake

0 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jun 8, 2012)

I've fixed that error.

0 upvotes
Absolutic
By Absolutic (Jun 8, 2012)

I am gonna pre-order this pancake for my 5DM2. $200 is a bargain, it will be so small and not intimidating, and I bet the pic quality will be great.

4 upvotes
Knum
By Knum (Jun 8, 2012)

Shorty fourty, anyone?

8 upvotes
AngusCNH
By AngusCNH (Jun 8, 2012)

some people at some forum was blaming the lens are rubbisn , slow and somewhat useless , blaming why canon did not made some non-L lens with faster F-shop.

but I think it's just F-Stop bias… on the other hand , if they need a faster lens. why don't get the EF 50mm F1.8?.....

for me , I'm very happy canon made such kind of pancake lens , I was waiting so long for this lens , it will be the lens which follow me with the daily life. I'm currently own a 35 F2 for daily use , but the motor is somewhat.... too loud , the STM motor hope will be silent enough.

0 upvotes
b534202
By b534202 (Jun 8, 2012)

Yeah, at only $200 ... if it isn't rubbish like the 75-300 I'll take it.

0 upvotes
boulderdashcci
By boulderdashcci (Jun 8, 2012)

Wish the pancake was more like 17 or 20mm (I think there's a Voigtlander 20mm pancake, but it's manual focus only).....I could see something like that staying on my camera quite often. Still interesting stuff here.

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0 upvotes
Stig Vidar Hovland
By Stig Vidar Hovland (Jun 8, 2012)

Pentax have two 40mm and one 21mm which all are smaller than this Canon lens. I think 40mm is a very good focal length on aps-c, too. I use my 40mm a lot and find it very useful.

3 upvotes
mkkawamo
By mkkawamo (Jun 8, 2012)

I have the Pentax 40mm and it's the lens that stays most often on my camera, it's great for indoor portraits.

0 upvotes
Arnel Abendanio
By Arnel Abendanio (Jun 8, 2012)

Nice a pancake lens looks pretty cool will try it out as soon as I can get my hands on one!!!!

0 upvotes
Jogger
By Jogger (Jun 8, 2012)

Interesting that the 40mm pancake is FF.. id like to see on the new 1Dx

2 upvotes
gullevek
By gullevek (Jun 8, 2012)

A pancake lens from Canon. Wonders still happen.

2 upvotes
JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Jun 8, 2012)

A wonder would be a mirrorless body that takes EF lenses...

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jun 8, 2012)

A mirrorless body that takes EF lenses would be very much like the much lambasted k01.

1 upvote
SulfurousBeast
By SulfurousBeast (Jun 8, 2012)

Good Economical additions to Canon entry level lenses. Will DPreview do a review of these lenses? It has been quite sometime DPR did any meaningful lens reviews. Atleast outsource it to Imaging resource!

0 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jun 8, 2012)

Lens reviews will restart in the coming months. There will be an announcement soon.

13 upvotes
Absolutic
By Absolutic (Jun 8, 2012)

Finally, Richard, the lens reviews must restart! Please guys, make it your priority. Your lens review tool with the slider is the best out of any review site! Wake Andy up please!

3 upvotes
Snupi6
By Snupi6 (Jun 8, 2012)

Great news, the lens reviews on dpreview are the best there is, welcome back!!!!!

0 upvotes
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