Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake"

stipotle

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I rented it over the weekend and loved the portability. I never took it off center focus (with 5DmkII or 5Dc), but everything was plenty sharp, and the colors were great. It's true there is some considerable vignetting wide open, but not unattractive or unfixable. I did notice darker exposures than I'm used to, but just increased the compensation. I was really impressed that the lens produced no lens flare, even shooting into the sun basically. Here are some random samples (from my sister's wedding rehearsal) all at f2.8 with zero editing. I'll be buying this lens soon.
 

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wickidwombat

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Oct 27, 2011
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briansquibb said:
Those 50 f/1.8 bokeh nasties are not present with the shorty forty
yeah from what i've seen shorty forty bokeh looks remarkabley similar to the vaunted 70-200 f2.8L IS II
which i think no one will dispute has stellar bokeh
 

Hill Benson

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Mar 19, 2012
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stipotle said:
I rented it over the weekend and loved the portability....I'll be buying this lens soon.
Thanks for sharing stipotle. Looks like the lens is quite capable!
 

captainkanji

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Apr 6, 2012
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From the looks of these shots, the shorty forty looks like a great lens. I'd buy one if I didn't already have a 50 1.4.
 
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crasher8

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What it came down to for me was it is a logical replacement to the 35 f/2. I wouldn't say that for the 50 1.4. I'm not a fan of the micro USM but I am now officially done with the noisy buzzing hunting old school AF of the 35 f/w and it's cousins. As for IQ and sharpness it's too soon to tell but it seems like a wash.
 

Mt Spokane Photography

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Mar 25, 2011
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My 40mm pancake came today. I did not AFMA it yet, it seems pretty good as-is on my 1D MK IV.

I snapped a few quick photos, I might find time to do a AFMA in a day or three. I mostly tersted to see how it was close focusing on some flowers in my yard. None of the images were cropped.

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DJL329

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Aug 26, 2010
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Mt Spokane Photography said:
My 40mm pancake came today. I did not AFMA it yet, it seems pretty good as-is on my 1D MK IV.

I snapped a few quick photos, I might find time to do a AFMA in a day or three. I mostly tersted to see how it was close focusing on some flowers in my yard. None of the images were cropped.


Very nice! I like the bokeh.
 

Act444

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May 4, 2011
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would you bother with this if you were going to get a 35 f1.4L anyway?
or does anyone have both?
I now have both lenses. Obviously the 35L is the better of the two in every aspect except for one, and this can matter sometimes: size. I've even had one person mistake the 35 + hood for a telephoto lens until I told her to come and look through the viewfinder.

Obviously no one would be mistaking the 40 for a telephoto ;D I can also see it being a nice second lens to bring on a vacation, or a lens to use at venues where bigger lenses may be restricted or banned. Of course, "bigger" being relative as most people just look at the size of the lens, not the focal length
 

bp

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Jun 1, 2011
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I have both.

The shorty was honestly almost a novelty purchase. Wasn't expecting much. Bought it hoping the wife might like it enough to use it as her walkaround lens (and be more willing to toss her Rebel in her purse when she's taking the kids out). But she thinks it's too tight, and I'm really impressed by it's IQ. So now I'm using it more than she is. With the 35L in the mix, this lens' only real draw is it's size/weight
 

neuroanatomist

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Jul 21, 2010
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I also now have both, and agree with the above. I've done several outings with the body + 70-200/2.8 IS II in a Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 AW and the 35L strapped to the side in a Lens Case 1W. The new pancake will fit in the outer pocket of the toploader, a more convenient package. Plus, unlike the 35L, it can go in a pocket for walking around, and I can switch lenses, leaving the 70-200 II hanging from the BR strap and holding the camera by the 40/2.8 by the E1 handstrap.
 

Act444

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May 4, 2011
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I don't think their uses overlap too much though. The 35 still is two stops faster and is sharper at 2.8 (less purple fringing too). For shooting in dark places (especially without flash), there really is no other option in my lens kit. Whereas the 40's biggest strength is its small size, meaning my 60D suddenly becomes a lot lighter and more portable (not pocket-size by any means, though), and this would enable me to bring a DSLR to places I wouldn't normally do so. Nice to still get high quality pictures out of such a lightweight package.

Actually, on that note I had to go through 2 copies of the 40 to find a good one- the first one I had backfocused HORRIBLY and is now being sent back. The second one is better, but seems the STM is not as reliable as USM when it comes to accuracy and speed.
 

wickidwombat

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Oct 27, 2011
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neuroanatomist said:
I also now have both, and agree with the above. I've done several outings with the body + 70-200/2.8 IS II in a Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 AW and the 35L strapped to the side in a Lens Case 1W. The new pancake will fit in the outer pocket of the toploader, a more convenient package. Plus, unlike the 35L, it can go in a pocket for walking around, and I can switch lenses, leaving the 70-200 II hanging from the BR strap and holding the camera by the 40/2.8 by the E1 handstrap.
what is your impression of the 40 vs the 35L? I want both
I'm pretty sure i can do most stuff i want between the 35 and 85 i also have the 20mm voigtlander pancake if i want wide (pretty awesome little lens too)
 
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Jarques

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Took the little guy to the Jazz Festival over the weekend.