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Canon - EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Standard Lens - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 260 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is a no brainer. BUY THIS LENS!

    Posted
    Christopher73
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    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).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Awesome But Falls Short of Perfect

    Posted
    starbuzz
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    This lens has the amazing new "STM" designation. STM lenses are supposedly made for videographers. I also own the 18-135 STM lens. That lens is good for video; the 40mm not so much. First, the good stuff. The lens is tiny and also fast. Not 1.8 fast, but for its size it's pretty impressive. The overall image quality is pretty phenomenal . . . here are photos for you to check out. http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/2913459161/photos/2289696/40mmstm-179 http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/2913459161/photos/2289695/40mmstm-173 http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/2913459161/photos/2289694/40mmstm-165 http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/2913459161/photos/2289691/40mmstm-128 Now for the bad: 2.8 is pretty fast, but just not fast enough. And the STM (stepper motor) focusing system is ridiculously loud to be useful at all for video. They say it's silent, fast and accurate. Well, it's accurate, but it's not fast and it's not silent. It's probably about (based on feel alone; not real data) as fast (focusing speed) as my 50mm 1.8. It's definitely not USM. And the focusing noise is stupidly loud in video. It's not all that loud when you're just listening; in fact, you might even miss it. But when you play back the video, it's loud. And the noise is just as apparent whether auto-focusing or manually focusing. Picture quality? Awesome. Size? Awesome. Price? Awesome. Focusing mechanism? Not so awesome.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small & Sharp

    Posted
    JayNM

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perhaps the best bang for buck all around lens

    Posted
    p00kienrayray
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    First off, I am somewhat of a DS:R beginner, and this lens is pretty simple. Bought this just to pair with my already small Rebel SL1 crop body, and I love the portability. Even with a protruding filter on it, the lens is still low profile. Build seems solid despite it being plastic. Mount is metal, and goes on body with a tight but snug fit. Thin focus ring is made of textured rubber, and feels smooth but not loose. Image quality is pretty impressive. GREAT bokeh can be achieved. This is not a macro lens, but I am able to take beautiful shots from about 8 inches away from subject. However at this close range, I have to use manual focus, as auto will not pick it up. Speaking of which, auto focus is rather slow, so not really a good lens for action shots. Because of size and portability, this lens is great for a "walkaround" lens. I bring this lens mounted on my SL1 almost everywhere I go, and snap away using only one hand like its a point and shoot!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent optics, weird manual focusing

    Posted
    Doubledeej
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Little Gem

    Posted
    Colvin
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    I already own 7 or 8 Canon lenses and this was largly an impulse purchase (at under $200.00 it's well within the reach of almost all photographers). After reading many positive reviews online I was curious as to its' image quality. The quality of the images this lens produces is excellent, very sharp, very clear with an excellent depth of field. The focus hunts a little but locks on fairly quickly, the 2.8 max aperture makes this a good choice for low light. The Canon 50mm f1.8 is a few dollars less and offers one stop more light collection but doesn't seem as well made as this lens. The 40mm field of view is close to what the human eye sees so the framing is very natural. For me this lens is useful for candid and street photography, it makes a camera like the 5D very un-obtrusive and non threatening, my professional cameras look like slightly oversized consumer superzooms with this lens on them and people go back to acting naturally much more quickly than when a giant white lens is pointed at them. If you are curious or just getting into photography I can highly recommend this little gem of a lens.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to every lens collection

    Posted
    COpics
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    This is a very light weight fixed focal length lens. Image quality is very good as sharpness is concerned, not that great as vignetting is concerned, though adobe Lightroom can fix that in a second. I'm using it on a EOS 7D, which makes it a 64 mm equivalent and as such a bit too long for outdoors/landscape but good for portrait and mixed use. I use it outdoors where my primary focus is on longer range pics (ef 70-200 or 100-400 mm) and I want a wider lens available without having to carry the additional weight. Turns out the very low weight allows me to shoot at longer exposure time without blurring the images. wish it would be a f1/1.4 but f1/2.8 is what can be expected for that price. This lens now is part of my standard selection. The lens is good enough to deserve a well coated UV filter such at the B+W MRC 52mm to avoid glare; the bestbuy cheap UV filters protect the lens but add noticeable glare when shooting toward the sun.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really nice Len

    Posted
    MrGThao
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    Bought this before black friday of 2013. Great Len, shoots really fast just like any other prime lens. I do like the 50mm more but love the pancake look. it drawns people attention when i put this super small lens on my T4i and 5DM2. The bad... if you get one, Please update the firmware to the most current. there is a problem on the lens when using filter or putting pressure on the tip. it gets stuck and does not focus no more until remove the lens and reattach, that resets the Len to go back to normal. If you are shooting with no filter, chances are you won't notice it. I believe it's pressure on the lens and makes the motor stuck. Was going to return it but decide to update the firmware to see if it fixes it. after update, it's been working fine for me. I stop using the filter recently as it's so cheap that if gets damage i can just get a new one. Have fun

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect everyday lens

    Posted
    FamilyPhotosAnytime
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice lens not much larger than the body cap

    Posted
    MNshutterbug
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid lens for the price

    Posted
    JifferRiffic
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    So I've been shooting professional photography for about 10 years. Fantastic lens for shooting video footage. I tested it on a crop frame and a full frame, much better shot on full frame sensor but still looks great on a crop frame. The discussion everyone has is that canon has a Plastic 50mm f/1.8 which is a great lens for cheaper. This 40mm is 40mm and metal so the quality of the lens is much greater increasing cost. But you lose the f/1.8 and move to a f/2.8. If you're looking for low light and a low cost plastic lens buy the Canon 50mm f/1.8If you're looking for a low light and little more solid quality without caring about the loss in F-Stop buy this 40mm f/2.8

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great at the right price

    Posted
    Fatherof5ive
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    I'm a photography novice who purchased a DSLR for the greater image quality it provides in comparison to point and shoot cameras. I purchased this lens to improve the image quality of my pictures and reduce the amount of camera I carry around. I consider goals both achieved. I notice sharper images and less noise. I have had a few moments where I was unable to back up far enough frame a picture the way I wanted to, but that just forces me to be more creative or assess whether or not the moment was worth capturing to begin with. I've red that the 50mm 1.8 isn't as sharp as the 40mm until lower (higher?) apertures and I rarely take pictures in low light situations that would be ruined by a flash, so I've never even bothered to compare this lens to the 50.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little lens, Great price

    Posted
    Rustico
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    As a novice / intermediate photographer, I wanted to try out another prime lens other than my 50mm f/1.4, but I didn't know which one to get so of course I began researching and found that a lot of reviewers highly recommended the 40mm pancake lens. So when Best Buy had a sale on them I decided to pull the trigger and get one and I am so glad I did. This is a great little everyday lens. It is quiet, solid construction, response is fast, great quality reproduction. There is nothing bad to say about this lens accept under low light conditions you might not capture the shot you want. I've been finding myself using this lens a lot more than my 50mm. For the price you won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great alternative to the nifty fifty

    Posted
    JGabNich
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    Picked this fun little lens up at a great price, and it has to be one of the more fun lenses I've had the pleasure of shooting with in a while. The 40mm focal length really is closer to what your eye sees than a 50mm, on full frame at least. Its surprisingly sharp, sharper than I expected. With this lens on my 6D the camera really does become quite a light walk around option. Its built amazingly well, much better than the nifty fifty. Autofocus is a bit slower than I expected while being very quiet so that is a plus, but the manual focus is nice and smooth and fairly accurate without a lot of play. Overall very happy with this lens, have found it on my camera a lot more than I thought I would.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great... at first

    Posted
    Sporadic0907
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    When we first got this lens for our Canon T3i, we thought the sharpness of the images was great (just as some of the other reviewers have stated). Unfortunately, after having it less than a month, the lens stopped focusing. This is an issue that Canon knows about and has a firmware upgrade for it. Unfortunately, I don't have the necessary camera (EOS 1D X, 5D III - ver 1.1.3 or higher, or Rebel T4i) to upgrade the firmware. Plus I read a forum where several users had tried to upgrade the firmware (following the directions) and the upgrade didn't work or the lens stopped working completely! So instead of the hassle, I just returned it to the store. I'll wait till I can afford a better lens.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing lens for the price

    Posted
    kanehi
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small but mighty

    Posted
    OliverG
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    Great little lens. Sharp and works well with APS-C or FF. Construction is good, not "L" good but not cheap either. Definitely not a piece of junk. The size makes it ideal for use on an SL1. You can slip that combo in a coat pocket easily. It does takes some time to get used to the small size. I had a tough time at first trying to keep it steady but with practice, you'll get the hang of it. It's so small that you can always find a place in your camera bag when heading out and never leave it behind. I'm planning on getting the 24 f2.8 STM pancake but that will work only on the cropped bodies. Overall, $150 well spent.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful travel lens

    Posted
    Pjotr
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    I bought this lens to cut down on weight and size of my equipment while traveling. This lens fits the bill (literally considering the affordability), and delivers speed and quality, which is equal to heavier and bigger lenses. I am shooting with a Canon 50D and usually carry a Tamron super zoom lens as my main walk around lens. Now I can carry this pancake lens in my pocket, and when packing the gear into a small bag use it instead of a camera body cap, while having the camera ready for a surprise opportunity. I am looking into buying the new Canon SL1 small body, and with the pancake lens, having a really small and light high quality camera at hand all the time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens for the price

    Posted
    mnkx
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great lens

    Posted
    Adroit
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    I purchased this lens to use with a Canon EOS Rebel SL1. That camera is quite small already, and this lens makes it even more compact when I'm on the go. What's more, It makes the whole setup look a little more like and point-and-shoot and a little less like a DSLR. This does not usually matter to me, but I have noticed that people - when asked to be in a picture - react differently depending on how they perceive the camera. This combo (SL1 + this lens) does not attract attention; people are not put off by a too-professional-looking camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend