[Review] An Excellent Lens: The EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake

Roger Cicala at lensrental.com tested the brand new EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens (he tested eight copies of the lens.) The impressions are more than positive, and in the title of the post, Roger is asking “how did they do that?“. Imatest MTF 50 was used to test the lens.

My first impression was the build quality was better than I expected. It has a metal mount, not plastic. The aperture blades appear more curved than most of the Canon 7 blade aperture rings, making a more circular opening. The little STM motor is not silent, but it’s pretty quiet.

The (very good) results were consistent over all tested copies, showing that Canon is able to produce such a high quality yet affordable lens in batch. The conclusion of the test says it all:

Overall, though, I’m extremely impressed. I’d be impressed if a lens this size and price was just decent, but this one is excellent. I might as well go ahead and get in trouble with the business manager: if you think you want this lens, just go ahead and buy it. At this price, unless some of the more thorough reviewers find something I missed on this quick overview, you can’t go wrong.

The EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake can be bought for $199, and it is in stock at Adorama (click here), B&H (click here) and Amazon US (click here). DigitalRev (click here) also has the pancake in stock. Note: due to high request there may be shipping delays, and the lens may soon be temporary out of stock.

[via dpreview]

World-wide EF 40mm f/2.8 STM availability and price check:

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay Australia, Alibaba
Canada: Amazon Canada, DigitalRev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Canada, Canon Canada, KEH Camera
France: Amazon FR, DigitalRev, eBay FR, Canon France
Germany/Austria/Switzerland: Amazon DE, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Canon Deutschland
Italy: Amazon IT, DigitalRev, eBay IT, Canon Italia
United Kingdom/Ireland: Amazon UK, Park Cameras, Wex Photo Video, DigitalRev, eBay.uk, Canon UK
USA: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA

Canon Releases Firmware Update For EOS 60D and 60Da

Canon released a firmware update for both the EOS 60D and the EOS 60Da (the “a” stands for astrophotography). The new firmware (1.1.1) corrects some glitches affecting the previous firmware release (see below). To download the firmware click here (you have select your operating system before you can download).

Changes

Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following fixes.

1. Fixes a phenomenon where the camera’s serial number that is displayed in the shooting information of the image does not display the correct serial number. *1)

2. Corrects errors in the Greek, Italian, and Portuguese menu screens.

*1) If the camera’s serial number is 2147483648 or higher and the camera firmware is Version 1.1.0 or earlier, the images captured with the camera will be affected by the phenomenon listed in 1. above. This phenomenon only affects the EOS 60D, and does not affect the EOS 60Da. Both of these cameras are equipped with the same firmware. To obtain the serial number correctly in the shooting information of images that are already captured using the old firmware, we are preparing updates for Digital Photo Professional and ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser applications. Once the software updates are ready, we will make an announcement on our Web site.

EOS 60D price check: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA EOS 60Da price check: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA


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[In-Stock] Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM And BG-E11 (5D3 Battery Grip) Ready To Ship

Both the brand new EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens and the BG-E11 (the battery grip for the EOS 5d Mark III) are available for order and ready to ship. The BG-E11 is already in stock at B&H ($349, click here) and at DigitalRev ($365/£249.99, click here). The EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake is expected to arrive in stock tomorrow, Friday June 22. You can order it at B&H ($199, click here) and at Adorama ($199, click here).

[Review] Rebel T4i/650D/X6i Studio Test Shots

imaging-resource published test shots made with a production Rebel T4i/650D/X6i. The whole ISO range is covered (up to 25.600), RAW files are also available, all samples can be downloaded in original resolution. These are studio test shots, i.e. test shots made in a laboratory setting. Btw, it seems that Canon was really fast to make the Rebel T4i/650D/X6i available: most shops are reporting that they have the camera in stock and ready to ship.

Rebel T4i/650D/X6i price and availability check: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA

[Review] Tamron AF 24-70mm f/2.8 SP Di USD VC Getting More Positive Reviews

Chris over at thephoblographer.com just reviewed Tamron’s new zoom lens, the AF 24-70mm f/2.8 SP Di USD VC (click here) for Canon mount. As with the other reviews I featured (here, here, and here) this one too confirms the absolutely positive impression people has with this lens. The review is detailed and comprehensive, and comes with lot of sample images. From the conclusion:

The Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 VC SP USD wins nothing less than my highest recommendations. Sure, it is expensive, but when you really weigh what you’re getting, it is quite worth its weight in gold. You’re getting excellent image stabilization, great build quality […] excellent sharpness, accurate focusing that doesn’t need microadjusting, and versatile color rendition.

Tamron AF 24-70mm f/2.8 SP Di USD VC availability and price check: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA

Image courtesy of thephoblographer.com