The cute little pancake by Canon is starting to get reviews. It got f/2.8, it’s light (both in your pocket and on your wallet) and it has very good performance – all for $199. ephotozine got its hands on the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake for a review. Results are pretty good. “Autofocus is very swift and precise“, or “At maximum aperture, sharpness in the centre of the frame is already excellent” and “chromatic aberrations are virtually non-existent, remaining under half a pixel width in size at all apertures” are some of the comments you can read in the review. From the final verdict:
- Excellent sharpness
- Low distortion
- Compact and lightweight
- Fast focusing
- No full time manual focus override
- Strong vignetting
- More than double the price of the 50mm f/1.8 (although performance and build probably justify this)
EF 40mm f/2.8 STM availability and price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay. If these do not have the 40mm pancake, you may be able to pre-order it at Adorama (click here) and B&H (click here).
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