Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

Announced Jun 8, 2012 •
Prime lens | Canon EF
emadpro
 
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Just got the Canon 40mm pancake, and I have to say I'm surprisingly impressed. All the reviews online do not overstate this lens's technical refinement. On the full-frame 6D, it creates a really compact FF kit. With this lens mounted, the camera becomes a FF point and shoot with a big pentaprism hump. I typically shoot with manual glass, and the autofocus was a total revelation to me. Actually, that's why I got this lens. I don't want to trade my manual glass, but I do sometimes need AF when ...

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keithinmelbourne
 
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This lens has everything going for it: IQ, build, size, weight and price. What more can I say? Best value for money lens on the market. Congratulations Canon!

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Before get it I had the opportunity to compare it with 24 f/2.8 IS, 35 f/2 and f/2 IS and f/1.4 L, 50 f/1.2 L and f/1.4 as also my 24-105. IQ from f/4: all are more or less equal with for each his own "personality" (for example the 50 f/1.2 L produce a beautiful background compare to the others) @ f/2.8: here also all are pretty close. his bokeh is smooth and I'm not afraid to use it wide open at all according to the results that I got. Focal: unusual 40mm, in between the holy 35 and 50mm. ...

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jpmalohesr
 
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I have used this lens exclusively since late January and feel that it is well worth the money. While not quite as sharp or fast as the Nifty 50 it more than makes up for it with the improved BOKEH and almost complete lack of lens distortion. I have used it for close-ups as well as landscapes and it performs very well for each. I will get more experience soon as I am attending an indoor concert at my granddaughter's school. Flash is not allowed, or at least discouraged, so the F2.8 should ...

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I use this for family pictures and it works out for me as far as focal length goes. Sharpness is definitely there and focus is not a problem. No real problems, just would like it to be wider, say 35mm. Only drawback is for video use, I definitely notice the lack of stabilization and get this incredible jittering or is that just me. The main attraction of this is how incredibly small and unobtrusive it makes my camera. If you add a speedllite then the balance deteriorates but I have ...

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biancmb
 
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this lens is giving me excellent results. On my 60D, it's perfect for street photography. It makes the whole camera a lot lighter and as unobtrusive as possible. It focuses quite rapidly and precisely, with zero noticeable noise. At a street price of around EUR 200.00, it is highly recommended. I'd love to see more of this kind from Canon. Problems: none so far.

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ljgude
 
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The lens gets the full gong because Canon beautifully executes a quite new form factor - pancake while delivering an optically excellent lens for a very affordable price. The form factor alone allows me to bring my 600D nearly as easily as my Olympus EPL-1. I have mostly shot B&W so far because the lens puts me in mind to shoot in the street as I did 35mm cameras with a 50mm normal lens. The 40mm translates to 64mm on my APSC sensor Canon, but that doesn't cramp my style and found that ...

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It's not the fastest aperture-wise or focus-wise, but, the image quality is top notch from wide open. It's surprisingly well built and compact. It almost succeeds in making the 5D MkII pocketable (though not quite) :-) I love the focal length on the APS-H of the 1DMkIV.

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