Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
Standard "pancake" prime lens for Canon EOS SLR cameras
Item #: 280EF40MM
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Item #: 280EF40MM
Your price: $149.00 Earn up to 149 Rewards points
If you own a Canon DSLR, this lens will fast become part of your essential traveling kit. Its "pancake" profile and low weight make it too portable to ignore, and when you add Canon's impeccable build quality and the lens' light sensitivity into the equation, it all adds up to "I have to have one."
You can shoot a huge variety of subjects, near and far, with this lens due to its versatile fixed focal length: 40mm on full-frame sensors/35mm film cameras, and 64mm on APS-C sensors. And the newly designed stepping motor for the autofocus system is incredibly quiet, making it perfect for video capture.
I am using this lens with an SL1. This is a great camera and lens combination. I have the 18-55 STM which is also very good, but the size, image quality and small aperture of the 40mm makes it an excellent all around carry lens. I was recently at an evening reception and was able to get some great images without using a flash.
Pros: Image quality, size, aperture, build quality.
Awesome lens specially for taking close-up portrait shots and low-light night scenes.
At under-$200, the Shorty-Forty is an amazing deal hands-down.
It combines extreme compactness with excellent image quality. I've already used it for a commercial gig where I was using it interchangeably with the Canon 24-70mm 2.8L. The size of the Shorty Forty gave it an advantage during that shoot as I had more flexibility with angling the camera (5D mk3) to get the shots I wanted. The 24-70mm 2.8L is still the "better" lens and takes better pictures (and it should, for $1800-more) but I didn't feel handicapped by the image quality of the 40mm.
I also use the 24-105mm IS 4L, 35mm 1.4L, 100-400mm IS 4.5-5.6L, and 70-300mm IS 4-5.6L. I would say that the Shorty-Forty images "look" better than the 24-105mm and 100-400mm but the 35mm prime, the 70-300mm, and the 24-70mm have it beat. That's astounding since it's a fraction of the price of every other lens I'm comparing it to.
It's not going to survive in the harsher environments I'd take my weather-sealed L-series lenses to (hello monsoon-season!) but I wouldn't hesitate to put it "in danger" since it's so cheap to replace.
Pros: 1. Insanely affordable (and replaceable) 2. Compact 3. Excellent Image Quality (approaching that of newer L-series lenses) 4. Very solid-feeling build quality
Cons: 1. Slow AF motor (STM) 2. STM is NOT silent, regardless of what people say 3. Manually correcting AF requires AF to be engaged (half-press hold on shutter) 4. Not as solidly-built as L-series lenses (but at 1/5 price, this isn't a knock)
Lens works great on my SL1. Camera is mounted overhead and is being used for product videos.
Very sharp even at 2.8! compared to my older 1.8 50mm II lens this one is worlds better in every way!
Pros: light weight can bring every place you go and super sharp crisp photos focus point on all the time!
Cons: wish the lens motor for focusing was not as loud you can here it in video.
Read the reviews. This is an excellent lens. It's fast. It's sharp at the edges, as well as at the center. It gathers enough light to work very well indoors under a wide range of lighting conditions without a flash. In terms of bang for the buck, this is probably Canon's best.
Crutchfield, as always, was top notch. I've been a customer for 30 years. There's good reason for it.
Pros: Sharp, fast, small, light-weight (turns your DSLR into an easy walk-around camera), works well indoors and out.
Cons: Read about losing manual focus when the camera sleeps. It's easy to get back by half depressing shutter release. I think there's a firmware fix also.
Fast focusing and very sharp. The material is made of steel, sturdy & heavy unlike the other prime lens that made of plastic.
Pros: Great for details and low light
Cons: Produce a little noise in video
I purchased this lens to use on my 5D Mk3. It is the perfect small lens. It is small, light, and fast with extremely good image quality. Focus is fast, contrast is high, and corner to corner sharpness is great even at f2.8. I plan to use this lens indoors, as a walk around or anywhere that I don't want to carry my 24-105L.
Pros: Sharp corner to corner Very low CA Very low distortion Good focus speed and manual focusing override Very little vignetting at f5.6 and narrower.
Cons: Fair amount of vignetting at f2.8 Some vignetting at f4.
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Overview: The Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM is an ultra-slim, standard single focal point lens. This lightweight lens weighs only 4.6 oz. (130g).
Compatibility: The EF 40mm f/2.8 STM has a standard Canon EF mount, and is compatible with all Canon digital SLRs, as well as Canon EOS film SLRs. It has a focal length of 40mm with 35mm film and full-frame digital cameras. With APS-C sensor cameras, the focal length is 64mm.
Lens Construction: The Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens features a lens construction with 6 elements in 4 groups.
Diagonal Angle Of View: This Canon standard telephoto lens provides a diagonal angle of view of 57° 30'.
Auto/Manual Focus: The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 0.98'. To shoot in Autofocus mode, set the focus mode switch on the lens to "AF". To manually focus the camera, set the switch to "MF", and focus by turning the focusing ring. The focusing ring always works, regardless of the focus mode.
Stepping Motor (STM): The lens provides smooth and quiet continuous Auto Focus due to the newly developed stepping motor.
Optional Accessories: The lens has a filter diameter of 52mm. Optional filters and a lens hood can be attached to the lens, if desired.
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