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About Canon 40mm F/2.8

This Canon 40mm F/2.8 Bundle comes with $29.89 worth of free accessories including a Pro Optic Pro Digital 52mm Multi Coated UV Filter, Adorama Cleaning Kit and a ProOptic Universal Lens Cap Tether and Shipping is free! .

The Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens is a unique and indispensable addition to Canon's series of EF lenses. The EF 40mm f/2.8 STM offers an ultra-slim and lightweight design. Incredibly compact in size, the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM delivers high image quality from the center to the periphery thanks to its advanced lens configuration including an aspherical element, a bright 2.8 aperture, and optimized coatings that minimize ghosting and flare while providing exceptional color balance.

The EF 40mm f/2.8 STM's unobtrusive design helps the photographer avoid overwhelming their subjects with a large lens and to remain discreet in sensitive shooting situations with no compromise in performance. Its diminutive design is complemented by features such as a newly developed stepping motor for smooth and quiet continuous AF while capturing video with the Canon EOS Rebel T4i DSLR, a circular aperture (7 blades) for beautiful soft-focus backgrounds, and a short minimum focusing distance of only 0.98 ft./0.30 m.

The Canon 40mm F/2.8 is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Macro photography, Night photography, Video, Weddings and more.The Canon 40mm F/2.8 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 40mm F/2.8 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 40mm F/2.8: Compact, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged, Sharp, Strong construction, Superior build quality and Super-sharp images

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (57),Fast / accurate auto-focus (41),Easily interchangeable (30),Consistent output (29),Nice bokeh (25),Durable (19),Strong construction (18),Super-sharp images (16),Fast auto-focus (11),Superior build quality (10),Rugged (9),Compact (4) Sharp (4),Good price / value (3) View All
Cons:
Slow focus (4)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (27),Low light (25),Weddings (9),Macro photography (8),Night photography (8),Video (7),Portraits (3),Wildlife photos (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (34),Semi-pro photographer (14),Pro photographer (5),Casual photographer (4)

Canon 40mm F/2.8 Features

  • Ultra-slim and lightweight design.
  • Aspherical lens element delivers high image quality from the center to the periphery.
  • Advanced optical design enables a bright f/2.8, compact optical system at 40mm.
  • Optimized lens coatings ensure exceptional color balance while minimizing ghosting and flare.
  • Built-in stepping motor provides smooth and quiet, continuous autofocus when shooting video with Canon EOS Rebel T4i DSLR.
  • Circular aperture (7 blades) delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Minimum focusing distance: 0.98 ft./0.30m

Canon 40mm F/2.8 Specifications

Construction
4 groups / 6 elements
Angle of view
57°30'
Closest Focusing Distance
0.98 ft./0.3m .
Maximum Magnification
N/A
Filter Size
52mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
2.7 x 0.9 inch / 68.2 x 22.8mm
Weight
4.6 oz. / 130g
Mfr #
6310B002
SKU
CA4028

Canon 40mm F/2.8 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.7

(based on 85 reviews)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

this lens makes me happy

I bought this lens for my 5DII for two reasons; I thought 40 mm is just excellent for landscapes, stills, and cityscapes, and I wanted to have a lightweight and discrete alternative for the big zooms. Well, this lens is pretty excellent for this purpose. I have had it only for a week now and I am really happy with it. It lives up to its discreetness (it looks strange on my camera, as if no lens is mounted). I made some really nice pictures with it already. About image quality: Sharpness first...

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I bought this lens for my 5DII for two reasons; I thought 40 mm is just excellent for landscapes, stills, and cityscapes, and I wanted to have a lightweight and discrete alternative for the big zooms. Well, this lens is pretty excellent for this purpose. I have had it only for a week now and I am really happy with it. It lives up to its discreetness (it looks strange on my camera, as if no lens is mounted). I made some really nice pictures with it already. About image quality: Sharpness first. Although I did only field testing, to me it appears tack sharp. At f2.8 it is OK (though at 100% visibly softer and less contrast), with some quite apparent problems in the extreme (really extreme) corners. You will not notice without looking for it. From f4 onwards I did not notice this anymore and IQ appears overall excellent. Another thing what is outstanding is bokeh; even at f8 it is very smooth. From some test shots made for the purpose I did not notice bokeh fringing either. Overall color and contrast appear OK as well. With some real effort I detected some barrel distortion which was already fully corrected in Photoshop by using the smallest correction possible. Except... with image quality I am afraid there is one problem, and that is vignetting. At f2.8 this is very apparent, and does only go away at f5.6 or so. Of course my 5DII firmware doesn't have data for this...Canon please please add correction data at least to DPP, it is difficult to correct by hand... Other things, well, build quality is very good, and manual focusing is surprisingly easy given the by wire focus control. The focus ring is also big enough. The AF is a bit slow though, and makes a weird noise. STM I don't need. Given the price/performance/discreetness, I think this lens is a definite hit. If you don't really need the speed of one of the other primes, this is a good bet.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A Good Buy

I purchased this lens mainly because of its size and weight. The lock-up is nice and tight. I use a 5Dii. It's a great lens if you want to drop the overall weight and size of your set up for a day of snapping. Lugging around a camera with thick, heavy glass does become a drag. Image quality is good and I get usable photos. Background blur is nice. Build quality is impressive when considering its price. It has full-time manual focus, too. Some of my minor complaints are that the lens goes to s...

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I purchased this lens mainly because of its size and weight. The lock-up is nice and tight. I use a 5Dii. It's a great lens if you want to drop the overall weight and size of your set up for a day of snapping. Lugging around a camera with thick, heavy glass does become a drag. Image quality is good and I get usable photos. Background blur is nice. Build quality is impressive when considering its price. It has full-time manual focus, too. Some of my minor complaints are that the lens goes to sleep too quickly and on occasion it will not wake up. I'll have to turn the camera off, then on again to get the lens working. Manual focus doesn't work when the lens is asleep. It's a little noisy when focusing and its focusing speed could be better. It's not slow, but it's not fast either. Of course it's not a USM, however focusing is accurate. Some of my major complaints are that the lens is not very fast at only 2.8. I think a prime lens should be faster, at least a 1.8, but if that were the case it would probably out compete the 50mm 1.8. The relatively small max. aperture is disappointing and irksome. Canon should have made this lens faster. Also, image quality is slightly soft wide open. It's not as sharp as others at 2.8 (it's sharp enough, just not razor sharp) and vignetting is very obvious on a full frame. This lens could be better, but considering what it sells for I'm not too surprised about its overall quality and performance. You get what you pay for. If you already have the 50mm 1.8 or the 1.4, then there's no reason to buy this lens except for its attractive size. The focal length makes it a great walk-around for the streets or indoors, but the 50mm 1.4 would do the same with slightly better IQ at 2.8. Plus, you'll have the option of going larger in low light conditions. Overall, I'm happy with this lens for what it is and I am satisfied that I purchased it. It's discreet, compact, affordable, and easy to carry and produces usable photos. However, if you're thinking about buying this lens before the 50mm 1.4 or 1.8, then don't.

Reviewed by 85 customers

 
4.0

Ef 40mm f2.8

By

from Portland, Oregon  -  Photo Enthusiast

A feat little lens. I use it when I want more punch than I get with a zoom.

 
5.0

I needed this lense

By

from Largo FL.  -  Photo Enthusiast

This prime was what I needed to photograph a play, on stage, from a fixed position without using flash.

 
4.0

Wonderful lense for the price.

By

from Miami, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought this lens as a walk around lens and for street photography since it is so inconspicuous and very light. I have L lenses but when I put this on a smaller Rebel camera I am very happy with it's clarity and versatility. It is a real bargain plus pairing it with a Canon 12extension tube gives you an awesome macro lens.

 
5.0

Very Sharp

By

from Fredericksburg, VA

This is one of the sharpest lenses I own. That said, I own the EF 24-105mm f4/L IS USM lens. It competes quite nicely with that lens. Enough said.

 
5.0

Great Walk-Around Lens

By

from East Lansing, MI

This thin lens is the perfect walk-around lens for a full frame camera and a decent portrait lens for a APS-C camera. Just add a protection filter and a thin sun shade, and you are ready to cruse the boulevard.

 
5.0

Amazing buy

By

from Greenville SC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have been a photographer for 40 years. When I saw the price on this lens, I didn't expect much but bought it anyway. I love it. Sharp and great color. I leave it on most of the time now.

 
4.0

Great Little Lens!

By

from Newton, NC  -  Photo Enthusiast

This lens just arrived yesterday and I think it will be just perfect for my purposes. I wanted a small lens to put on my 60D that had a large aperture ,a close focusing distance and did a decent job of rendering backgrounds out of focus. It allows me to fit my camera in my small purse/camera bag with room for the other essential I need. I great lens for everyday use and traveling light.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Canon Best Pancake Lens

By

from Honolulu, HI

This is the best Canon pancake lens. Very small, light weight, yet the build quality is excellent, with metal mount and good glass. Image is very sharp, even at F2.8. Focus is very fast, even in live view AF mode. With the STM, you may override focus manually at anytime. The only issue is the manual focus - this is not a true manual focus, when you rotate the ring, the motor will drives the lens, at the same time it make some hmm noise, that is not good when recording video as the mic pick up the noise. Also the lens will not retract when the camera is powered off. So far, I am very happy with this lens.

 
4.0

Great lens, great price

By

from Brooklyn, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

I keep this lens attached to my 5D Mk III most of the time. It's sharper, smaller, lighter, and less expensive than my 50mm f/1.4, and so I'm only missing the low light performance.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic lens

By

from AK

I'm so impressed by this little lens. Super sharp and excellent bokeh. Just a sweet lens that makes shooting common item found in my yard so much fun. I just love it.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
CHRISTOPHER G  Don't underestimate the quality of this lens as I originally did. My original reason for purchasing this lens was simply for scouting shoots. I wanted something light and didn't want to worry about being "rugged" as I would with my more expensive glass. However, upon first review of several days of shooting I noticed that this lens takes great photos!
Shopper  Is it compatible with Nikon D5200?
RAINER L  No, unfortunately not.
Shopper  does this lens work on a 700D?
JAMES H  Yes, the EF 40/2.8 will work on a 700d body. In the USA, the 700d is the equivalent of the Rebel T5i, I believe. And, the EF series lenses work on all Canon bodies, including the 700d.
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