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CanonEF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens
 
4.6

(based on 680 reviews)

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    (450)

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    (204)

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    (22)

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    (3)

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    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (459)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (272)
  • Easily interchangeable (238)
  • Consistent output (235)
  • Nice bokeh (218)

Cons

  • Slow focus (50)
  • Poor in low light (32)
  • Weak casing (18)
  • Tough to attach (10)
  • Blurry focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (245)
  • Landscape/scenery (239)
  • Video (152)
  • Weddings (122)
  • Night photography (111)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (209), Semi-pro photographer (117), Pro photographer (74), Casual photographer (54), Photography student (25)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (449), Yes (19)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent value, a pleasure to use

Great lens. Quite sharp. Accurate and fast focus. It's a joy to use. Of course, it delivers in terms of being compact. I'm using it on a 1.6x camera, so it's...Read complete review

Great lens. Quite sharp. Accurate and fast focus. It's a joy to use. Of course, it delivers in terms of being compact. I'm using it on a 1.6x camera, so it's a somewhat awkward focal length. I look forward to the day I get to use it on a full frame. But you all know it's 40mm, so onward.

The mounting ring is really tight with my camera, and I have this feeling that I'm grinding something down when I mount or remove the lens. I don't think it hurts anything, so that's fine with me.

Unfortunately, the lens data is not pre-loaded on my t4i. But the image quality is so good that you hardly would ever need it. I will include a couple of photos. Both are unedited and were taken with in-camera settings neutral, and sharpness set to 0. The one of the leaf was taken with the lens wide open. You can see how quickly it passes in and out of focus. The background light shows the chromatic aberration about as badly as it ever gets, which is hardly at all! You can just barely see the opposing red vs. green fringe in the light. The one of the flowers is also wide open at 2.8, also neutral and unsharpened and unedited. With even the most light-handed increase of sharpness and contrast, stunningly crisp images, as well as softer ones, are at your disposal, and all at a ridiculously low price. I really like it, and it manages to jostle my other lenses off the camera which, on paper, should have much more versatility and utility.

Another note: The STM focusing is not silent. This is fine with me, but for those of you who might be interested, read on. In AF, there's a soft whine that it gives off, louder than my USM lens but quieter than my kit lens. In manual mode, the focus ring is, as many have pointed out, NOT a mechanically engaged gear, but rather an electronic input. When turning the ring medium to fast, it makes a lower and slightly softer hum. When turning the ring slowly, it makes a rather disturbing groan. However, when you turn it REALLY slowly, the focus moves with an amazingly controlled slow creep, and it's _completely silent_. That could come in handy for some nice cinematic effects.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great things can come in small sizes

I got this lens so I could take some more closeup candid photos of family on my 10D. It's been great. The low profile of it makes it more convenient in tight spaces and...Read complete review

I got this lens so I could take some more closeup candid photos of family on my 10D. It's been great. The low profile of it makes it more convenient in tight spaces and for carrying around. With its short macro distance I've also been taking some nice pictures of flowers.

The autofocus is a bit slow in my mind, but it's accurate. The lack of a distance meter is not too big of a problem. Its size made me a little wary about screwing it into my camera without breaking it, but it's a solid fit.

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5.0

Believe the feed back

By MaKai

from California

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens:

    I read almost all the feed back I could on this lens and found they were spot on. Love the quality of pictures I took with this lens. Takes a nice portrait, but will be very useful to me in capturing rock art when I do archaeological surveys.

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    5.0

    EF 40mm

    By n1texmex

    from Indiana

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video

      Comments about Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens:

      Great product I was going to buy a 35mm but this one is close enough for me
      I'm very happy with it

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      5.0

      I would buy this lens again

      By Casual Photographer

      from Southern Oregon

      About Me Casual Photographer

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      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens:

        I'm not a pro photographer. I just purchased a full frame camera and wanted this lens for a light weight lens with lower light capability. Have only used it a few times, but I've been happy with the results so far. The price point made this a simple solution for my needs.

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        5.0

        Excellent lens for traveling

        By Banjo Man

        from Boise, ID

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens:

          I purchased this lens just before traveling to mexico. I currently only shoot prime lenses and I purchased this lens to use while in public places. It's small and easy to conceal, doesn't draw as much attention, and weighs far less than the L-series lenses do.

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          4.0

          On a budget....

          By Sportsgal501

          from Bronx,New York

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens:

            As I move more towards making my gear lighter, at this price, why not?

            This pancake lens is as light as feather, works excellent on my old Canon 50D and when I decide to upgrade to Full Frame (hoping 6D MarkII has a lighter body)I can still use it.

            It's sharp and autofocus is fast,only issue is that I had to go one stop down since it seems to over expose in bright sunlight.

            Very nice lens to carry for daily shooting but I ended up picking up a 24mm f/2.8 wide angle a few days ago.

            The 40mm is more on par with your standard lens but if you are on a budget, ditch the kit lens and put this one on your camera.

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            4.0

            Light-weight and everything I expected

            By Alan

            from Olympia, WA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens:

              This is super thin and very lightweight. The only negative comment I have is that when you adjust focus the lens squeaks a bit. Not the end of the world though.

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              5.0

              Perfect

              By Mookie

              from New York, NY

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens:

                Amazing lens for a great price.

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                5.0

                The Shorty Forty!

                By Mullen It Over

                from Laramie, WY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens:

                  Nice, tight, discreet, low-profile lens. Great for any lensmen's collection. Great price too!

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                  5.0

                  i love it

                  By Saleh Awaja

                  from Stow ohio

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens:

                    i love it

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                    5.0

                    Great lens

                    By "T"

                    from Michigan

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                      Cons

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                          Comments about Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens:

                          see my previous review, i don't often post an image. This is what this review is for.

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                          5.0

                          Excellent Bargain

                          By Enigma Phi

                          from Queens, NY

                          About Me Casual Photographer

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                            Cons

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                                Comments about Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens:

                                The portrait photos I have taken thus far are indeed sharp, even at ISO 800 on my Canon T3.

                                The autofocus is responsive and accurate.

                                This prime lens is an excellent bargain.

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                                5.0

                                Deal of the century

                                By willieB

                                from Toronto Canada

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight
                                • Sharp At Any Aperture

                                Cons

                                • NONE

                                Best Uses

                                • General
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Photography
                                • Street

                                Comments about Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens:

                                All purpose lens, great for leaving on the camera as a walk around. Good for street photography, cloe up (it focuses very close). Its so small and light, it looks like a body cap rather than a lens. Super sharp right frpm f/2.8. Super quite. And at the price its an amazing value.

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                                5.0

                                I love this lens!

                                By "'T"

                                from Michigan

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light

                                  Comments about Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens:

                                  I have been using this lens on both 5D Mark lll and 7D Mark ll as my go to lens for walking about and casual shooting. Balances nicely on both bodies. The lens is sharp, contrast and color are great. This is my first non "L" lens. I'm amazed at the quality/ price point of this compaired to the "L"s. I really like the 60mm focal length that this lens is on a crop sensor camera for head shots.I have nothing but praise for this lens.

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                                  5.0

                                  It's a great lens

                                  By Alexander

                                  from College Station, TX

                                  About Me Photography Student

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Nice Bokeh

                                  Cons

                                  • Weak Casing

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens:

                                  I have this lens for the day by day use. I keep it in the camera (6D), so it's easy to carry on all day long in any bag. It's very sharp and sufficiently fast. It could better if it were made in Japan, as well a focus that could move while it's power off, but these points doesn't make it any worse. I heard that there are a white/grey version. It might be stylish.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great Prime Lens for a Beginner

                                  By leader.desslock

                                  from Greensboro, NC

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Rugged
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor At Video

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • people

                                  Comments about Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens:

                                  This is my first prime lens. I am new to the world of DSLR photography [Canon T5i] and I am still learning. I use the 40mm mainly for stills of people.

                                  It is well constructed. The 40mm pancake lens takes sharp photos if you know what you are doing. It does better bokeh than the kit lens due to its F/2.8 It is so tiny to be innocuous. It is very light so it should not strain your neck. It is my go to lens now.

                                  It is no good at video, because it does not have IS. It seems to want to autofocus a lot. The Canon hood looks useless.

                                  I have not had a chance to use it in low light, so I do not know how it would perform.

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                                  5.0

                                  Good thing small package

                                  By Inkwellish

                                  from Grand Junction

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Night Photography
                                    • Street photography

                                    Comments about Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens:

                                    Usually I am a fan of zoom lenses. I own two Canon L series zoom lenses,the 24-70 f2.8 L and the 17-40 f4.0 L. Sometimes though, I just want a small walk around lens. For the price, I don't think you can find a better lens in this category. The three contenders from Canon are the 35mm F1.4 IS, the new 50 mm f1.8 STM, and the 40 mm f2.8 STM. I considered buying the 35mm because of its fast maximum aperture and image stabilization, but I couldn't really justify the price seeing as I'm not going to use this lens all the time. I also looked at the new 50 mm f1 .8, but I've always felt that 50 mm isn't quite wide enough. The 40 mm is the perfect trade-off in my mind. It's practically disposable at the price you pay, and the image quality is quite good. This lens is extremely lightweight! I can barely feel it on my camera. If I had one complaint, it would be the focus by wire system. While it does function very well, it feels a little strange when you manually focus. Other than that, I think anybody would be happy to have this little lens in their bag.

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                                    5.0

                                    Sharp, light, well built

                                    By Aleks

                                    from DC

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Video
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens:

                                      every camera bag should have one of these lenses. Great sharpness at f4.0 and above. Awesome colors. Crazy light and portable. And all that for 150. Just get one already.

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                                      5.0

                                      Wow!

                                      By Bob

                                      from Raleigh, NC

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                      Pros

                                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors/Low Light

                                        Comments about Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens:

                                        I have this lens mounted on my vintage Canon EOS 1V for street photography. It's small size makes the whole package very unobtrusive, and the focal length is perfect. The photos are sharp as a tack.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great walk around lens

                                        By JP

                                        from Canton, GA

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Consistent Output
                                        • Durable
                                        • Easily Interchangeable
                                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Rugged
                                        • Strong Construction

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Indoors/Low Light
                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Macro Photography
                                          • Video

                                          Comments about Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens:

                                          I use it exclusively on a SL1, and it is almost like having a point and shoot camera. It makes sharp, clear images and the combination makes it fun to shoot, and you could carry it all day without getting tired.

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                                          5.0

                                          Great for travel!

                                          By M

                                          from Chicago area

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent Output
                                          • Durable
                                          • Easily Interchangeable
                                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens:

                                              I travel by air frequently and this compact lens is great for a quick trip. Hard to believe how small and efficient it is!

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