Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake"

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briansquibb

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On a 1.3 crop it becomes equiv of 52mm - perfect for street shooting
 

Kernuak

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By not having the wide aperture, it must make designing the lens easier and less complicated. From the size of it, it can't have much glass, so sharpness is easier to achieve. Wide aperture lenses are more prone to flare, even stopped down, so in some ways it makes sense. So less design compromises, even though use may be compromised in terms of narrow depth of field. I haven't seen the design, but I wouldn't mind betting it's similar to some of the classic designs of the 60's by the likes of Zeiss and Contax.
 
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Nassen0f

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Ive only had the lens for an hour now, but im already loving the 40mm... its a little wider than the 50, so perfect for my use.. And surprisingly sharp wide open, and totaly silent focus.
 

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birdman

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Feb 8, 2012
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What's neat is that the voigtlander 40mm has a great reputation but is MF only. This trumps it based on shots I've seen and AF. They have a winner here. If it was a f/2.0 perhaps the bokeh, sharpness, and contrast would have been different--- and the price would've gone up considerably.

I have the delicious 35L so not too interested in this one. But obviously for the price, a good lens addition to Canon
 

candyman

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I have a 35mm f/2. Using it on a 7D
Is it worth to replace the 35mm by the pancake 40mm f/2.8? I know of losing the faster aperture. But gain faster AF, sharpness?
 

rhysb123

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Jun 5, 2012
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Candyman - good question, one that I am able to answer from experience ! I had the 35 f2 also, used it on a 7D and a 5D, I found it a little unpredictable and unreliable ( and I reckon it back-focused a lot too). The 35 f2 is old technology, this 40mm is far, FAR better in terms of output IQ and performance in general. I don't regret getting rid of the 35mm one bit.
Rhys.
 

candyman

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rhysb123 said:
Candyman - good question, one that I am able to answer from experience ! I had the 35 f2 also, used it on a 7D and a 5D, I found it a little unpredictable and unreliable ( and I reckon it back-focused a lot too). The 35 f2 is old technology, this 40mm is far, FAR better in terms of output IQ and performance in general. I don't regret getting rid of the 35mm one bit.
Rhys.

Thanks Rhys. I was leaning towards replacing the lens because of what you mentioned as your findings. So I think I will go for it. Just hope to get a decent price for my 35mm f/2 (bought 6 months ago for 249 euro)
 
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aires

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Some testshots comparing the Shorty Fourty to the 50 1.4 and voigtlander 40 2.0:

Canon 40mm:


Voigtlander 40mm:


Canon 50mm 1.4 (stapje te ver terug gedaan):


Canon 40mm:


Voigtlander 40mm:


Canon 50mm 1.4:


And a comparison with the 35L:

40 2.8:


35L:


40 2.8:


35L:


I'm really impressed how much the Shorty 40 images look like the 35L's.
 
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aires

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Oops... Can't seem to edit the message here.
(stapje te ver terug gedaan): means: I took a step back too much when I switched to the 50 1.4.
 
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aires

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I bought the 40 because I love the field of view, and miss too many shots with the MF voigtlander.
If you prefer 50 and are on a budget, you can't go wrong with the plastic fantastic 50 1.8. Got more to spend, go for the 50 1.4
 
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crasher8

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candyman said:
rhysb123 said:
Candyman - good question, one that I am able to answer from experience ! I had the 35 f2 also, used it on a 7D and a 5D, I found it a little unpredictable and unreliable ( and I reckon it back-focused a lot too). The 35 f2 is old technology, this 40mm is far, FAR better in terms of output IQ and performance in general. I don't regret getting rid of the 35mm one bit.
Rhys.

Thanks Rhys. I was leaning towards replacing the lens because of what you mentioned as your findings. So I think I will go for it. Just hope to get a decent price for my 35mm f/2 (bought 6 months ago for 249 euro)
I just sold my 35 f/2 to fund my 40 pancake. I'll let you know how I like one over the other on both film and the 7D
 

DianeK

EOS 80D
Jan 22, 2012
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Has anyone shot video on a 60D or 7D with this lens and have an assessment of performance?
Thanks
 
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5pacedog

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Selfportrait handheld, natural light through window behind me.
Iso 400, f2.8

I like the pancake!!! :)
 

swrightgfx

EOS 80D
Apr 14, 2012
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5pacedog said:
Selfportrait handheld, natural light through window behind me.
Iso 400, f2.8

I like the pancake!!! :)
Not sure what that looks like pre-sharpening and 100% crop, but looks to be nice sharpness wide-open. It is fantastic that this lens has such a short minimum focus distance to allow for you to get shots you often can't without a tripod, like self portraits.
 
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briansquibb

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This lens would be fun for macro ie 25mm tubes on
 
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crasher8

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Ok, I am impressed. Glad I got a good copy. Sharp wide open, nice colors, pleasing bokeh, And the 64 FL isn't too bad. Film test on the weekend with some Tmax 100.
 

GDub

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Got my "Shorty Forty" yesterday and took some "test" shots. Here's one:



I did some very slight processing of the RAW file in Lightroom 4.1--boosted the blacks and contrast a tad.

The Shorty Forty is a keeper.

Stuff: Canon 5D Mark III w/Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM. 1/80 second at f/2.8, ISO 160.