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Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake"

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--- Quote from: neuroanatomist on December 07, 2012, 12:26:35 PM ---
--- Quote from: Scarpz13 on December 07, 2012, 09:19:53 AM ---Has anyone here found the need for the hood? it seems kind of useless... is there a hood from another lens that might work/function here?

And how about a carrying/protective case? Do most of you just stick this in your bag, or is there a need for some kind of pearstone/case etc?

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No point in the hood, at all.  I worked out the geometry some time back, and the dedicated hood for the 40/2.8 doesn't actually provide any optical benefit, from what I can tell.  It's too shallow to protect even a 14mm prime from flare.  Since it screws onto the extending front element, 'protection' is questionable, too.

The ES-62 hood (for the 50/1.8) with it's 52mm threaded adapter will fit on the 40/2.8.  It's much deeper, and reportedly doesn't vignette, but would likely provide some flare protection.

The 40/2.8 fits nicely in a Lowepro 8x6 case, but I just put it in my bag or more often, my pocket.

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Thx for the advice, as always, Neuro.
I ordered my shorty 40 with ES-62 hood; skipped the case for now.

Appreciate it!

Just ordered a shorty, based upon the results i've seen in this thread. The fact that this lens is only £119 also helped! Can't wait for it to arrive!

phixional ninja:
I picked up the 40mm the last day it was $150 at Best Buy, figuring that I could always return it if I found no use for it.  I only finally got around to using it a few days ago, the return period already behind me.  Fortunately, I'm thrilled with it:

1/4000s | f/9 | ISO400 | 40mm

1/125s | f11 | ISO500 | 40mm

My shoulder bag gets pretty hefty with the 70-200 f4L, 100mm f2.8L, and 24-105mm.  The 40mm just replaced the 24-105mm, and I stitched panoramas out of 40mm shots when I wanted really wide shots (having moved to full frame really makes this more viable):

1/40s | f2.8 | ISO800 | 40mm (six or seven shots merged)

I'm thinking that's a lot of performance for $150 and 4.6oz...

@ f2.8

another shot


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