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Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
9.6 out of 10

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

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Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

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Overall 6
6.0

nice and small

jeff, B&H Photo
4 November 2014
  • Excerpt: Because of it's size I think this is going to be a good lens to take hiking and creating panos. Don't much care for the focus ring and find this lens to work easiest on a tripod when you have time to focus, not sure I would say this is good for catching fast moments.
  • Pros: Compact Size, Lightweight, Popular Filter Size
  • Cons: No IS, No lens hood, Thin focus ring, Tough To Manually Focus
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Overall 6
6.0

Good lens

buydig.com
30 October 2014
  • Excerpt: Between 40mm and 50mm, I like the 50mm better. However if you want lens particularly for portrait, I strongly recommend the 85mm.
  • Pros: Sharp images, light weigh, decent price.
  • Cons: Slow focus, cheap feels, not good depth of field.
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Overall 6
6.0

Plusses and Minuses

Calaverasgrande, B&H Photo
7 October 2014
  • Excerpt: Bought this lense for street photography with my T2i. Together they make a nice small pair.The stm AF motor is not silent, but I really am not disturbed by AF noise. I prefer that it does make some audible sound to confirm that its doing its job.The viewing angle is kind of interesting.
  • Pros: Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
  • Cons: Blurry Focus, Lens Creep, Poor in Low Light
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Overall 6
6.0

Disappointed

Anatol, B&H Photo
6 July 2014
  • Excerpt: That's probably due to my over-expectations. I compared this lens side-by-side with my EOS T3i kit lens (18-55, F/3.5-5.6) and discovered that my new EF 40mm f/2.8 STM gives LESS resolution than the kit lens.
  • Pros: Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: No zoom, Resolution Worse Than Kit
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Overall 6
6.0

Problem Mounting on a SL1

Robkenkat, B&H Photo
6 January 2014
  • Excerpt: This lens is extremely difficult to mount on a SL1. Focusing is on the slow side.
  • Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Cons: Tough To Attach
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Overall 6
6.0

It it a good lense

karen lowe, Amazon
18 August 2013
  • Summary: The lense is good and i like it came with the filter. However, the lense hood will NOT stay on, very irritating. the problem with the lense hood is the reason for 3 instead of 5 stars.
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Overall 6
6.0

The Jury's Still Out

Sean, B&H Photo
9 April 2013
  • Excerpt: I recently picked up this lens. For the price I couldn't resist. I've yet to use this lens on a regular basis, so the jury is still out. Autofocus is not as quick as with a USM lens, as to be expected, but this reminds me a little of the Canon 50mm 1.8 lens.
  • Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight
  • Cons: Slow Focus
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Overall 6
6.0

* Consistently INCONSISTENT...

PerfectSavage, B&H Photo
21 January 2013
  • Excerpt: So first, I always rate relative to the price point, market segment etc. of the product. In other words, I'm not going to give a T3i two stars because it doesn't shoot 12 FPS or have 'x'D series camera body features...
  • Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Inconsistent Exposure, Not An Outdoor Lens, Slow Focus
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Performance 4
4.0
Overall quality 4
4.0

Ok

EdK, Canon
17 January 2013
  • Conclusion: The lens, for the money, is pretty good. However....the contrast is weak and it seems to have some distortion. A 40mm really souldn't have much, if any, distortion. The latter is easy to fix in Lightroom, or DxO, but the contrast is difficult to remedy.
  • Pros: Fast auto-focus, good for the price.
  • Cons: poor contrast, overall distortion
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Overall 6
6.0

Expected more...

Alemser, B&H Photo
11 January 2013
  • Excerpt: I expected more from this lens based on reviews I read. I used the lens mainly for street shots in NYC and Madrid. I missed a 35mm focal lenght that gives a distinct perspective in a FF body. Better than 40mm. The best thing is their weight. It's as if I was carrying only the camera 5D II body.
  • Pros: Lightweight
  • Cons: Poor in Low Light, Slow Focus, Weak Casing
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