EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake review

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by peter_langfelder, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. Since Yakim seems to have taken a day off :), I'll post this link to the photozone's review of the 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake: http://www.photozone.de/canon_eos_ff/752-canon_40_28_ff . My impression based on the test is that the lens performs as well as or better than the 50mm f/1.4 photozone tested, which speaks well to the quality of the new lens. Perhaps it's the relatively advanced 4 group/6 lens construction together with the moderate maximum aperture. I'm happy to see a good, inexpensive, full-frame prime lens from Canon, something we haven't seen much of recently.
  2. After a quite glowing review they give this $200 lens only 4 out of 5 stars for price/performance. Tough crowd. Nice review though. Lens looks like a winner.
  3. William Michael

    William Michael Moderator Staff Member

    Neat quotes:
    “. . . its coolness factor alone will certainly also make it a success in the market anyway.”
    “. . . we wouldn't dare to state that it's not an attractive lens. It is just too cute for that.”
  4. Nice to see Canon finally realise that they are a toy maker, not just a tool maker for pros with bottomless wallets.
  5. I think that 5 stars is probably impossible - I think they consider 5 to be perfection.
  6. Nice to see Canon finally realise that they are a toy maker, not just a tool maker for pros with bottomless wallets.​
    Oh, the pity of it.
    This is the thanks Canon gets for giving us the "plastic fantastic," the "thrifty thirty-five," and now.... the "fabulous forty" - rejoice, ye of thin wallets and penny-pinching fingers, for Mother Canon cares. ;)
  7. I picked one up just yesterday, and it seems to be an outstanding performer. It just might replace my 35/1.4 L. :)
  8. I came very close to ordering this lens. For $200, how wrong could you go?
    However, in the end, I said to myself that a 2.8 prime is simply not where I want to go right now. (I have a 50/1.8 and 24/2.8; with a few 4.0 zooms) My next lens is probably either a 35/2.0 (to replace a broken 35/2.0) or a telephoto (but I think I am hoarding cash instead for an eventual 7D-II!) I have noodled the 24/1.4L strongly, but between the mountanous price tag. . and the fact that *perhaps* the future for quality primes are stepper motors. . . I am resisting the temptation.

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