Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM officially discontinued

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I meant to post about the discontinuation of the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM a while back, but I forgot to.
This is the second EF lens that has been officially discontinued in the last couple of weeks, the other being the EF 200mm f/2L IS USM.
I suspect that we’re going to see a bunch of EF lenses sent to pasture over the next 12 months.
I have not heard anything about a new pancake lens for the RF mount, but it would make sense that one is coming eventually for the RF mount.

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I've been using the 40/2.8 STM on my RP and it makes for a wonderfully light and farily compact combo. A series of compact RF primes would be a welcome addition to create a highly portable kit.
 
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I use the two pancakes with my 200D as small and light travel kit.
I really love the size and IQ of EF40 STM for its price.
But I suppose that Canon didn't earn as much money as they wanted, as the initial price was to high for most people and had to be lowered.

I hope, there will be RF pancakes, too. RP + native pancakes would be a great compact combo.
 
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I hope they make an RF version. this lens is by far my favorite ef lens. The RF 50 STM is pretty close in size, but I’d really like to have the 40mm. Given how early they’re discontinuing it, I imagine it probably wasn’t a big seller.
 
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Given how early they’re discontinuing it, I imagine it probably wasn’t a big seller.
Not quite sure about that. I figured that Canon has decided to cancel several lense and stopped production all at the same time. This probably happened last year when they had great difficulties with their supply chain. The official cancelation in my opinion is made public when they run out of stock of a particular lense. This could be due to low production numbers or a bigger demand. We´ll probably never hear about the exact reasons.
 
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This is a great little lens, and on my R6 it is perfect for candid video interviews with its smooth and silent AF system, RIP
 
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As more EF lenses get discontinued, the odds of a new 5D Mark V being introduced continues to decline.
 
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I hadn't used this lens in a long time, until the EOS webcam app came around, and now it's my go-to lens for Zoom calls. On my 5D IV, which I also hadn't used in some time.
 
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SteveC

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Ironically the very first lens I used on my R5!

(It was the widest full frame lens I owned at that instant, though I bought the 15-35 shortly afterwards.)

[Edited to add: I believe I even posted some of those pictures in the R5 images thread. Nothing to write home about though--the pictures I took zoomed in on a rock climber (taken a few minutes later) were more popular.]
 
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I have used this lens for thousands of shots, many are some very special images. I think it's due to the portability and travel choice attached to the lens and having it with me more than other selections more so than the optics however it's no slouch. It's my favorite semi wide perspective (I really do not like 50's) and it's a shame Canon only made one FF pancake. I always thought a 28/40/60-ish would be a great trio.
 
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the odds of a new 5D Mark V being introduced continues to decline.
The odds are not going to continues to decline... as their are rock bottom 0.

No offence, but at this point I don't think we will see any new DSLR from Canon. I do expect a full shift to mirrorless.
Thinking about the existence of a 5D mk V is like thinking that there will be a 1Dx mk IV in 4 years.

Also this was posted a while ago as CR2: https://www.canonrumors.com/there-will-not-be-an-eos-5d-mark-v-cr2/
[CR2] – Good information from a known source
Which pretty much means certainty.

Also in their Intro to R5 video, Canon clearly designated the R5 as the successor of the 5D.
 
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The odds are not going to continues to decline... as their are rock bottom 0.

No offence, but at this point I don't think we will see any new DSLR from Canon. I do expect a full shift to mirrorless.
Thinking about the existence of a 5D mk V is like thinking that there will be a 1Dx mk IV in 4 years.

Also this was posted a while ago as CR2: https://www.canonrumors.com/there-will-not-be-an-eos-5d-mark-v-cr2/
[CR2] – Good information from a known source
Which pretty much means certainty.

Also in their Intro to R5 video, Canon clearly designated the R5 as the successor of the 5D.
Yeah that's been discussed into oblivion. The real question is when is Canon going to make RF pancakes.
 
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I disagree...
The REAL question is... when is Canon going to make that RF 70-135 f/2 L USM? :cry:

I am a little concerned that they are discontinuing EF lenses, for which there is no RF counterpart.

Once was happenstance (the 200mm f/2), this is now twice.
 

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I disagree...
The REAL question is... when is Canon going to make that RF 70-135 f/2 L USM? :cry:
Might as well ask about the R7/7D3, it's where all segues here end up. However those threads are tedious and it's nice to read about other's experiences with the underrated 40.
 

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I used the 40mm for a while and it was a decent little lens, hopelessly slow indoors but handy as a lenscap-landscape-lens.

But how did it ever get funding to proceed instead of overhauling the abysmal non-L 50mm lenses? Canon's lens priorities were and are bizarre.

I won't be surprised if the ancient 50mm 1.4 junk is the last EF lens on sale in five years time.
 
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