Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

Announced Jun 8, 2012 •
Prime lens | Canon EF | 6310B002
nidrig
 

This lens was tested on a Canon 5DS. It was compared (unfairly) with the Canon 24-70 2.8 L II and Sigma Art 50mm 1.4. At first, the combo lens/camera felt unbalanced, as if there was no lens attached. The images are incredibly sharp, even at full opening. The bokeh is smooth and pleasant. Unless cropped at 100%, I couldn't tell the difference from the other lenses mentioned. It focuses fast and accurately, its small size allowing to be close to the subjects. But it suffers from vignetting ...

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I've only had my Canon FF gear for a few weeks now, but I can already tell this lens is going to be the one that I'm likely to use most. The focal length works for me - it's ideal for street and general photography for those of us who are city-based - and I'm very impressed with the image quality and decent build quality given the lens is so affordable. So far I've bonded with this lens a lot more than the equivalent (and much more expensive) 27mm pancake on my Fuji and I'm impressed that it ...

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JhvaElohimMeth
 

It's a special lens. A perfect combo for the Canon 6D. Fast focusing, silent, 2.8 is enough. Quality is top notch in every aspect. Maybe just the colors are a bit too cold, but it's a matter of taste here. The price is so cheap that you can buy it instead of the lens cap and keep with you as a backup lens or to create a street photography setup for you Canon reflex

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I have this lens attached to my trusty 5D, is so light that you feel like you are carrying the body without any glass. I have made many casual comparisons with this pancake vs my $750 Zeiss ZM 35mm using the Sony A7 and processing the files with the same Lightroom parameters and  I couldn't find absolutely any difference in contrast, sharpness or overall look.  The 40mm @ f2.8 gives you a tiny larger depth of field vs the 35mm f2 (3 inches more depth of field setting your subject at 10 feet) ...

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Glick1
 

It is amazing how small this lens actually is. It is really sharp at 4.0. I have both this and the 50mm STM. The 50mm is allot quieter than this lens. I actually thought there was a problem until I spoke with canon service. They admitted there is not much benefit in sound with the STM in this size lens. Still it performs extremely well. I would say I use this more in bright conditions and the 50mm more inside. They both have their purpose but dont expect it to be as silent as other STM lenses.

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shadyyx
 

The use of this lens with my Canon 70D body (APS-C sensor) is in every-day photography, "macro", portrait as well as landscape photography. Though the MM of this lens does not qualify it as a "macro" lens, it's DOF enables the pictures shot at MFD or close to MFD to look "macro-like"... Though not wide enough for landscape (especially on APS-C) I am using it for landscape as well at least while waiting for new 24-105 L lens (with which I'll get that 38mm widest FL on APS-C). Metal mount, tiny ...

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Wonderful lens. I own this pan cake lens and nifty fifty. Between this two, I love this pan cake very much specially for it's silky bokeh and image quality at 2.8f. This should definitely be the first lens after any amateurs kit lens if you can afford beyond nifty fifty. My basic interest is portrait and I usually use this pan cake for day light photography and nifty fifty for night time.

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emadpro
 

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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