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The Canon EF 40mm F2.8 STM Lens is an extremely compact, fast, pancake lens that is part of the new STM family of Canon lenses. Incorporating the new Canon STM stepping-motor technology for quiet, accurate focus operation, the Canon 40mm f2.8 prime is perfect for capturing sharp photos that stand out whilst providing a professional and natural looking background blur. The Canon EF 40mm f2.8 STM Lens can be mounted on both full-frame (EF) and cropped sensor cameras (EF & EF-S). When mounted onto a Canon camera with an APS-C sized sensor the field of view is equivalent to a focal length of about 60mm in 35mm format. The Canon EF 40mm f2.8 comes in a portable, lightweight package and is suitable for a wide variety of subjects, from discreet portraits to landscapes. More
February 2013 - As a Canon shooter who uses prime lenses primarily I was excited by the announcement from Canon last year that they were releasing a 40mm 2.8 prime lens. Typically I shoot weddings with a 35mm and 85mm lens combination so the focal length wasn’t too far off one of my standard camera combinations.Read the review of the Canon 40mm f2.8 on the Wex Blog... »
Canon's STM lenses
Canon's new line of STM (stepping motor) lenses are specifically designed for shooting video with the camera's Movie Servo AF mode. The first STM lens was released along with the Canon EOS 650D and has been designed to work with the 650D's AF so that they're fast, accurate and silent. The result is a movie that sounds professional without the sound of the noisy AF motor in the background.
Extremely compact and portable design
Never be without your EOS. The compact pancake EF 40mm f/2.8 STM is very thin, so you’ll always be able to take your DSLR with you.
Smooth and quiet AF, STM focussing for movies
Fast, accurate autofocusing ensures pin-sharp images even in tough conditions. Movie Servo AF with STM uses stepping-motor technology for smooth, quiet autofocus when filming on compatible Canon DSLRs.
Useful low light shooting
An f/2.8–22 aperture range provides control over depth of field, giving you the freedom to restrict or extend focus as required. A fast maximum aperture allows hand-held shooting in low light without using flash.
Great image quality designed for travel versatility
A versatile 40mm focal length is great for travel. Tackle everything from portraits to landscape and street photography. Great image quality right across the frame, thanks to an aspherical lens design and Super Spectra coatings.
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By Peter of Buzz Associates
from South Cambridgeshire
About Me Semi-Professional
Comments about Canon EF 40mm f2.8 STM Lens:
It's a really great lens - not just because it's compact and light, but because it's better than my all purpose Canon 15-85 lens for shooting with flash people at events.By the way, if you are lumbered with photographing people at parties or whatever, you can forget the fancy stuff with the EF 40 mm - just stick your camera on P (or event auto!) and with a decent / relatively decent flash unit, point, shoot and obtain consistently good pictures. All you have to think about is the composition and not worry about technical issues. I use a 7D - great camera!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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The perfect travel lens
Always loved pancake lenses ever since I owned an old manual focus Pentax lens back in the 90's.This is a great little lens when paired with a full-frame camera. I use it with a 6D as a lightweight carry around kit, even it it doesn't quite make the combination pocket size. Sometimes you still want to use a decent SLR rather than a snapshot compact, but don't want to take a full kit.The lens is nice and sharp, contrast is good and for the price it is a bargain.
By silver fox.
from Whitstable, Kent
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This product fits perfectly in a pocket when a large telephoto lens is fitted and is quickly changed over for sharp close up's such as flowers, insects, fungi etc. Also great for landscapes, when you have just a telephoto lens with you.
shorty forty-great purchase
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bought this lens after lots of research. It was between this and a 50mm f1.8.I am very impressed with the sharpness of the images I have taken with it so far.Because it is a fixed focal length it makes you think about your composition much more, rather than just zooming in or out.It looks very neat when fitted to my Canon EOS 450D and it is a very light set up.I have had no problems with failure of the autofocus as some people have reported.I am very pleased with my purchase from WEX Photographic.
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By Clive D
Used as my standard lens the 40mm is great to use and being so light I can take it anywhere even up a rock face.
great space saver
great lens, sharp,light, but small had to remove extra battery holder to balance the camera
What a bargain
This lens is awesome; fantastic value for the money. I wanted a thin lens to go onto a Canon 5D MKii for travelling. When mounted on the camera it would slip into a large coat pocket. I ordered one but did not really expect the results to be anything other than ordinary. However the results, blew me away. It is a nudge away from my Canon 50mm 1.2L USM lens for sharpness. There is a little more chromatic aberration, but again this is slight when compared to the Canon 50mm 1.2L USM lens. This lens is a fraction of the cost of the 50mm 'luxury' lens. In my experience this pancake lens is a hidden gem delivering fantastic results and well worth buying one.
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Best lens in its class
I bought this lens to take picture of my mewborn and its done such a wonderful job! It's consistently sharp and does te job right everytime!Stop thinking about it and just buy it, you won't be disappointed!
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
from North yorkshire
Survived been dropped.Image quality very good. Worth an investment
Excellent image quality
By Dr Chuck
I'm using this on a full frame and its just great. Pin sharp images.
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