One of the best

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47872Mike Regular Member • Posts: 210
One of the best
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The tiny size and weight make this almost self-recommending for full-frame users who want to keep things as small or light as possible.
Optics are superb for all practical purposes, with just a very small corner area of unsharpness and purple fringing against the light taking it below perfection. There are very few photographic situations where this will be remotely perceptible. Right from 2.8 the image has great sharpness and contrast; it's a far more consistent performer than the 50/1.8. 
AF performance is also more consistent than I've ever been able to get on my 6D with any of the three versions of 50/1.8.

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Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
Prime lens • Canon EF • 6310B002
Announced: Jun 8, 2012
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Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Canon EOS 6D
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jamie8848
jamie8848 Junior Member • Posts: 45
Re: One of the best

It is an great, light lens, if ugly, however the minimum focus distance/magnification sucks compared to most other Canon options. The lens has climbed many mountains but fails for small flowers along the way. It was mainly this close focus frustration that turned me away from Nikkor Z lenses and the Nikon Z system.

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quiquae Senior Member • Posts: 2,151
Re: One of the best

jamie8848 wrote:

It is an great, light lens, if ugly, however the minimum focus distance/magnification sucks compared to most other Canon options. The lens has climbed many mountains but fails for small flowers along the way. It was mainly this close focus frustration that turned me away from Nikkor Z lenses and the Nikon Z system.

The MFD of 30cm is actually very short--almost no non-macro EF lenses can focus that close. The 0.18x magnification does leave something to be desired. EF 50mm F1.8 STM is marginally better in this respect at 0.21x, and EF 35mm F2 IS is even better at 0.24x.

That said, if I were shopping specifically for a closeup-friendly standard prime for mountain climbing, I'd probably downscale to an EOS M body with an EF-M 28mm Macro STM. If full frame is a requirement, then I'd move to an EOS RP with an RF 35mm F1.8 STM, which is a half-macro.

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Dave
Dave Veteran Member • Posts: 5,917
Re: One of the best

quiquae wrote:

jamie8848 wrote:

It is an great, light lens, if ugly, however the minimum focus distance/magnification sucks compared to most other Canon options. The lens has climbed many mountains but fails for small flowers along the way. It was mainly this close focus frustration that turned me away from Nikkor Z lenses and the Nikon Z system.

The MFD of 30cm is actually very short--almost no non-macro EF lenses can focus that close. The 0.18x magnification does leave something to be desired. EF 50mm F1.8 STM is marginally better in this respect at 0.21x, and EF 35mm F2 IS is even better at 0.24x.

That said, if I were shopping specifically for a closeup-friendly standard prime for mountain climbing, I'd probably downscale to an EOS M body with an EF-M 28mm Macro STM. If full frame is a requirement, then I'd move to an EOS RP with an RF 35mm F1.8 STM, which is a half-macro.

That's a new term for me, @quiquae.

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quiquae Senior Member • Posts: 2,151
Re: One of the best
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Dave wrote:

quiquae wrote:

jamie8848 wrote:

It is an great, light lens, if ugly, however the minimum focus distance/magnification sucks compared to most other Canon options. The lens has climbed many mountains but fails for small flowers along the way. It was mainly this close focus frustration that turned me away from Nikkor Z lenses and the Nikon Z system.

The MFD of 30cm is actually very short--almost no non-macro EF lenses can focus that close. The 0.18x magnification does leave something to be desired. EF 50mm F1.8 STM is marginally better in this respect at 0.21x, and EF 35mm F2 IS is even better at 0.24x.

That said, if I were shopping specifically for a closeup-friendly standard prime for mountain climbing, I'd probably downscale to an EOS M body with an EF-M 28mm Macro STM. If full frame is a requirement, then I'd move to an EOS RP with an RF 35mm F1.8 STM, which is a half-macro.

That's a new term for me, @quiquae.

Sorry for the confusion. It's a term that's often used in Japanese photography circles to refer to 1:2 magnification macro lenses like the RF 35mm STM and EF 50mm Compact Macro. I wasn't aware that it isn't commonly used in English until you alerted me.

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Satyaa Veteran Member • Posts: 4,312
Re: One of the best

It's a decent lens, especially if the 35/28mm lenses are big for your purpose, too wide or too expensive. Price is a big advantage.

Unfortunately, some Canon dealers show this as out of stock and some show it as discontinued.

Satyaa Veteran Member • Posts: 4,312
Re: One of the best

quiquae wrote:

...

an RF 35mm F1.8 STM, which is a half-macro.

That's a new term for me, @quiquae.

Sorry for the confusion. It's a term that's often used in Japanese photography circles to refer to 1:2 magnification macro lenses like the RF 35mm STM and EF 50mm Compact Macro. I wasn't aware that it isn't commonly used in English until you alerted me.

I am hearing that for the first time but I like it.

I had a question on a site recently, asking for a lens that can do "macro larger than 1:1". One of the staff members from the store replied that they have a "1:2" macro, and some responses followed.

That can be utterly confusing for some. What is 1:2 vs. 2:1? "Half-Macro" is very clear.

Dave
Dave Veteran Member • Posts: 5,917
Re: One of the best

Satyaa wrote:

quiquae wrote:

...

an RF 35mm F1.8 STM, which is a half-macro.

That's a new term for me, @quiquae.

Sorry for the confusion. It's a term that's often used in Japanese photography circles to refer to 1:2 magnification macro lenses like the RF 35mm STM and EF 50mm Compact Macro. I wasn't aware that it isn't commonly used in English until you alerted me.

I am hearing that for the first time but I like it.

I had a question on a site recently, asking for a lens that can do "macro larger than 1:1". One of the staff members from the store replied that they have a "1:2" macro, and some responses followed.

That can be utterly confusing for some. What is 1:2 vs. 2:1? "Half-Macro" is very clear.

No need to apologize; I may be the only person on earth who was unfamiliar with the term.

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bogongbreeze Contributing Member • Posts: 826
Re: One of the best

Satyaa wrote:

It's a decent lens, especially if the 35/28mm lenses are big for your purpose, too wide or too expensive. Price is a big advantage.

Unfortunately, some Canon dealers show this as out of stock and some show it as discontinued.

The OP prompted me to get this lens this week. Thanks @47872Mike.

I found a new one online at a reasonable price and went for it, taking advantage of the five year warranty Canon provides here in Australia. I figured if I was going to get it, now is the time before new stock disappears altogether.

It arrived today. I think I'll enjoy it very much. One of my little film cameras (long since retired) has a 38mm lens.

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OP 47872Mike Regular Member • Posts: 210
Re: One of the best
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bogongbreeze wrote:

Satyaa wrote:

It's a decent lens, especially if the 35/28mm lenses are big for your purpose, too wide or too expensive. Price is a big advantage.

Unfortunately, some Canon dealers show this as out of stock and some show it as discontinued.

The OP prompted me to get this lens this week. Thanks @47872Mike.

I found a new one online at a reasonable price and went for it, taking advantage of the five year warranty Canon provides here in Australia. I figured if I was going to get it, now is the time before new stock disappears altogether.

It arrived today. I think I'll enjoy it very much. One of my little film cameras (long since retired) has a 38mm lens.

I had no idea they were discontinuing it but am pleased I prompted you to get one. I sometimes go out with the 40mm on a 6D and a 50mm on a crop sensor on days when I'm feeling more primey than zoomy!

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