Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Standard Lens: This standard Canon lens offers high-quality image capturing in a small, lightweight lens body, making it a great companion in crowds and public spaces. Its versatile features and easy portability make it especially suited for basic travel, portraits and memento shots.
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For Canon EOS DSLR cameras with APS-C sized full-framed digital sensors and 35mm film.
Lightweight standard lens for everyday use
This small and ultraportable lens is an unobtrusive option for day-to-day pictures. Its inconspicuous design makes it ideal for use in large crowds.
40mm focal length
A versatile focal length for capturing crystal clear shots throughout a variety of shooting situations. Effectively mimics your own eye view.
f/2.8 maximum aperture
Produces clear images even in low-light situations, including indoor settings and on overcast days.
0.98' minimum focusing distance
Accommodates 52mm filters
Comes with lens cap and rear lens dust cap.
Best Buy Customer Reviews
Small & Sharp
Posted by: JayNM from: New Mexico on
This prime lens has it all, it's image quality is excellent, it's well constructed, and it's affordable.
Image quality on my 60D is great. At 2.8 it is sharp, and provides awesome bokeh. It is very similar to the 50mm 1.8II, but is a bit more user friendly for those of us with APS-C sensors. I can shoot indoors easier due to its focal equivalent of 64mm compared to the 50mm being more like a 85mm when used on an APS-C camera. No vignetting in the corners either.
Build quality is excellent, the metal mount and mechanicals give the feeling of quality beyond its price.
The lens is really small, it will probably become a lot of people's body cap when traveling. It's size makes it perfect for candid photography, it's not imposing or distracting to the subject.
Finally affordability, at 200 dollars, I would recommend it to anyone with a camera. It's extremely versatile and does not require a large investment, I would say Canon should have a camera kit with this lens, much better than what the kit 18-55 offers.
32 out of 32 found this review helpful.
Great lens for the price
Posted by: mnkx from: twin cities, mn on
Although i really didn't need this lens as i have the focal length already covered, i bought it anyways because i was intrigued by it's small size and reasonable price. Being that the lens is so small, it's actually quite fun to just take a stroll and randomly snap photos. The image quality is very good.
41 out of 43 found this review helpful.
Great lens for close ups
Posted by: Leger45 from: on
This is a great lens for close up work. Took some amazingly sharp pictures of my dog using this on a Canon SL1.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Amazing lens for the price
Posted by: kanehi from: Honolulu, HI on
Opened the box and whoa the lens is really flat! Compared to the nifty fifty this lens has more substance as the plastic material is much better quality and has a metal bayonet flange. I have the Canon 50mm f/1.8 but found the reach is a bit much. A 40mm on a full frame camera is an ideal lens combination for me. It takes sharp images and can also handle close-ups well. This lens was specifically made for the T4i but it works with all EF/EF-S systems too.
25 out of 25 found this review helpful.
Nice lens not much larger than the body cap
Posted by: MNshutterbug from: St. Paul, MN on
I originally purchased the 50mm 1.8 as a light weight, nonthreatening lens when traveling and shooting people abroad. I ultimately exchanged the 50mm for this 40mm. While a bit more expensive and slower, the lens does fit the bill for inexpensive, relatively fast, and light weight. The size is amazingly small...protruding only slightly more thttan my 5D MkII body cap.
I understand the lens is designed for the next generation of bodies, specifically video recording, but I think it is a great lens in any bag. It won't take much space or add much weight!
18 out of 18 found this review helpful.
Excellent optics, weird manual focusing
Posted by: Doubledeej from: Orem, UT on
I'll keep this brief...
This lens has excellent optics. It easily bests my Canon 24-105mm f/4.0 L lens at 40mm, hands down. This lens is much sharper across the entire image.
The only down side to this lens is the STM system it uses for focusing. While STM is faster than the conventional motor used in the 50mm f/1.8 lens, it is still noisy enough to be heard on video. In addition, manual focusing only works when the camera supplies power to the lens, so when your camera goes to sleep between shooting images the focus ring doesn't do anything at all. It's easy enough to wake it back up -- just a half-press of the shutter button -- but something to be aware of.
At f/2.8 maximum aperture, you won't get as shallow a depth of field on this lens as you will on the 50mm f/1.8 (which is considerably cheaper) but the image quality overall on this lens is significantly better. So if you're most concerned about sharpness, get this lens. If you're after a shallow depth of field and maximum bokeh, the nifty fifty is the better choice.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: AtomicPhotog from: NM on
This little lens is a gem. Very sharp, all the way to the corners. Low distortion. Great colors. All in a very inexpensive lens.
I use this lens on a full frame Canon 5D Mark III and it is just outstanding value.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Perfect everyday lens
Posted by: FamilyPhotosAnytime from: Atlanta on
I love this lens. I prefer to use prime lenses over zoom lenses and I bought this lens to replace the "nifty fifty" that was recommended to me when I bought the camera body. This lens is a much higher quality and takes better images. The auto focus mechanism is also a lot more responsive. The "nifty fifty" used to get stuck at close-range shots or have trouble when I moved my focus from something near to something farther away. Not the 40mm. It's also much quieter. My favorite thing about it is the size. It's small enough that I can leave it on my camera when I'm not shooting without worrying that is going to get damaged in my bag. Between this lens and the 85mm 1.8 USM I am set for taking great shots of my friends and family anywhere I go.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
This is a great lens
Posted by: JDPhotog from: Irvine, CA on
I am using this lens on my 7D and it is barely noticable on the camera.
This is bargain of a lens at this price. It is tack sharp through most of the stops. It produces a wonderful bokeh with a nice pleasing separation of the subject from the background. When trying this out for filming the lens makes very little noise when focusing. It's hard to believe that such a small lens could be so versatile.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
This is a no brainer. BUY THIS LENS!
Posted by: Christopher73 from: Midwest on
I just recently bought my T4i/18-135mm kit. I wanted a prime lens to compliment the zoom. I've already owned the "Nifty Fifty", and 'was' just going to repurchase that one, because of it's decent image quality and it's price. However, after reading just about every review out there, and viewing countless photos out there about the 40mm pancake, I decided to try it instead. I'm glad I did. The image quality completely destroys the 50mm f/1.8. Granted, the Shorty Forty is only an f/2.8, so it isn't going to give you quite as awesome background blur as a wider aperture like the Nifty Fifty....but the image quality, in my opinion, more than makes up for it. Sharp, nice contrast, nice colors, and a nice focal length to work with. I LOVE THIS LENS! I have guys that own L-lenses complimenting the photo quality of this lens. Seriously - for $200 or less.....is there really anything to think about? Not in my opinion. I didn't buy this lens for the size, because, if Canon made a cute little diminutive lens that sucked at taking pictures....big deal if it's small and compact, right? But, this lens does NOT suck at taking pictures, AND it happens to be small and compact, which to me is an added bonus. Bottom line: Unless you already have this focal length covered with another GOOD lens that takes GREAT pictures, you should buy this lens. If you're looking for your first prime, you should buy this lens. Nifty Fifty's are cool, they have their place...but the image quality of the Shorty Forty completely blows it away. Like I said...no brainer here. The two attached photos were both at f/2.8, ISO 100, 1/160s.
**Side note: For video, it's true what you've heard elsewhere: It's NOT "silent" by any means. However, if you're doing anything serious with video, you're not going to be using the cameras onboard mic anyway. I personally use a Zoom H4N recorder with a hot-shoe mount for my audio, and it works great (and doesn't pick up the focusing noise from the lens).