Canon 40mm Lens: Flat Out Fun

After a week of shooting with the Canon 40mm EF f/2.8 STM lens,I have to say this is one enjoyable little prime. At half the size of the 50mm f/1.8, it focuses quieter, is built sturdier, and is ever bit as sharp.

Canon 40mm Lens Canon 40mm prime mounted on a EOS 60D. Photo by Derrick Story.

The 40mm will focus as close as 1 foot. It's not macro (even though Canon says that on the side of the lens), but it is close enough for interesting compositions.

Bougainvillea Flowers Close up of Bougainvillea flowers captured with the Canon 40mm wide open on a Rebel T1i. Photo by Derrick Story. Click on image for larger size.

The pancake lens also performed well in the studio. I used it to take a series of product shots.

olympus_with_sigma.jpg Olympus E-M5 with Sigma 30mm f/2.8 lens captured with the Canon 40mm f/2.8 pancake on a Canon 60D. Photo by Derrick Story.

And finally, with the 40mm twisted into a Canon Rebel T1i, I crashed the Lowepro Summer picnic for some candid work. I also passed the camera around to see how others liked it. In the process, they took a photo of me.

derrick_story_picnic.jpg Photo of Derrick Story captured at the Lowepro summer picnic.

I like to call this lens the "optical body cap" because it virtually adds no thickness to my 60D when packed in the camera bag. I know this type of lens isn't for everyone. But I'm having a blast with it. Currently they're available for $199 US.

You can find more photo tips and "photography how tos" on my Pinterest page.


Derrick - I use a preset that I set up in LR4 to fill in my metadata info...I also like using the MAPS feature for geotagging which I also attache to photo group. What never gets filled in is the sublocation info...have you had that problem/fix? Before asking I think I've tried to find the luck. Thanks again

Amaizing. I like canon, so good pictures!

Looks like a nice lens but I'm wondering what it gets me vs. my existing f/1.4 50 mm. I'm thinking I'm better off applying those funds to the 100mm macro lens I've had my eye on.

Hi, I'm so confused ... i have a canon t1i and now buying a 60d and a pancake 40mm .... can I use the pancake with both? tks