[Review] EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Sample Pics And Another Review

Canon’s little pancake, the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM ($199, click here), is getting a lot of attention. That’s no surprise, given the outstanding performance this lens delivers (especially in regard to its price). DPreview published sample pics shot using the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM (click here). The sample pics were shot using an EOS 5D Mark III and an EOS 5D Mark II for full-frame images, and using a Rebel T4i/650D and a Rebel T3i/600D for the APS-C images.

Our friend Carl over at photographic-central posted an exhaustive review of the pancake. Carl used a full-frame (an EOS 5D) and an APS-C camera (an EOS 50D) for his tests. His review confirms the exceptionally good performance of this pancake lens. From the conclusion:

Overall the Canon EF 40mm STM f/2.8 lens is a lot of bang for the buck. Certainly better results can be had with lenses at different focal lengths in the max magnification (macro) and bokeh categories but the 40mm STM does quite well considering its price anyway, especially so on the APS-C format. Sharpness is never an issue at f/4 and beyond on both formats, and sharpness only gets better up to f/8 corner to corner where it seems to reach its peak when all things are considered (center is barely softer at f/8 vs f/5.6). Barrel distortion at least in field conditions, is slightly noticeable but not really a problem.

Vignetting shows up even on APS-C but nearly gone at f4. Any weaknesses this lens exhibits (very few) are more pronounced on a full frame sensor but this lens still performs well over all considering its low price. Color and contrast are just phenomenal at f/4 and beyond on both formats, a highly desirable trait indeed. Flare can show up in extreme circumstances so I recommend a hand/hat/hood to combat it if its a problem for you.

EF 40mm f/2.8 STM availability and price check: [shopcountry 5686]

[Rumor] More Canon Mirrorless Speculations

Canon Mirrorless Concept By D. Riesenberg

More Canon Mirrorless newsbits (aka rumors, :-)) have shown up. CR reports that the mirrorless camera will «launch with at least 2 lenses and an EF adaptor. One lens will be a wide angle “kit” lens as well as a telephoto lens». Let’s hope the adapter will also be able to take EF-S lenses (we all hope so!). Moreover, the rumors CR is reporting are saying that Canon’s new primes – the 24mm f/2.8 IS USM, 28mm f/2.8 IS USM and the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM – have been thought to go along well with the upcoming mirrorless camera Canon is working on. Makes sense IMO. No exact information about the camera body: «the camera will use the 14mp CMOS G1 X sensor. A “good” ISO range and “average” video performance. A video focused camera could be “in the future”». The rumors make sense. There is only one thing that continues to baffle me: the supposed date for the announcement, July 24th. In the midst of the summer? Strange day for a new camera announcement.

Price check of the cited gear:
EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA EF 40mm f/2.8 STM: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA

[via CR]

EOS 7D Manual Updated And Available For Download

Looking forward to the soon-to-be-released massive firmware update for the EOS 7D, Canon made an updated version of the 7D user manual available for download (click here). The new manual reflects the new features and other changes that will be introduced with the firmware upgrade expected to be released to the public in August.

EOS 7D price check: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA

[via CR]

[Deal] Another Huge, Professional EOS 5D Mark III Bundle (Two Lenses, and more)

Adorama has another huge EOS 5D Mark III kit with lots of professional accessories. The offered bundle is yours for $4,399 (click here) after all discounts and using coupon code S6549875 (expires 07/10/12). This kit includes:

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body
  • EF 24-105mm F/4L IS USM Lens
  • EF 50 f/1.4 USM
  • 32GB SDHC Memory Card
  • Wide Neck Strap I
  • Camera Cover R-F-3
  • Stereo Video Cable
  • USB Interface Cable
  • Battery Charger LC-E6
  • Battery Pack LP-E6
  • EOS Digital Solution Disk
  • Canon 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Canon Deluxe Photo Backpack 200EG- Red Giant PC/Mac Bundle

[Rumor] Latest About Canon’s Mirrorless Camera

Canon Mirrorless Concept by D. Riesenberg

A new rumour about Canon’s eagerly awaited mirrorless camera has surfaced. NI reports that the mirrorless system camera Canon is supposed to work on, will come “with a kit zoom and an adapter for EF lenses such as the new pancake 40mm lens“. There is also a patent for an EF adapter by Canon (see picture below), filed last year (machine translated). An EF adapter for a Canon mirrorless makes sense, especially if you consider the huge amount of excellent Canon lenses that everyone would like to use on a Canon mirrorless camera. There is a nice animation on NI, showing how much the adapter would contribute to the overall thickness (not very much) when used with the new EF 40mm f/2.8 STM ($199, click here).

Canon EF adapter

[via NI]

[Patent] Canon Files Patent For A New 35mm f/1.4 Prime Lens

Egami (machine translated) spotted a new Canon patent. This time it is for a 35mm f/1.4 prime lens. The existing EF 35mm was released in 1998, so it makes sense for Canon to work on a new release of this lens. According to Egami, it looks as if Canon has been working since four years on this lens.

Details (machine translated):

  • Patent Publication No. 2012-123155
    • 2012.6.28 Release Date
    • 2010.12.8 filing date
  • Example 1
    • Focal length f = 34.73mm
    • Fno. 1.45
    • Half angle of 31.92 deg.
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • Length 128.11mm lens
    • 38.48mm back focus
    • An effective diameter of 52.03mm lens
    • Effective diameter aperture 25.52mm
    • Lens Construction 12 elements in 9 groups sheet
    • 2 2 aspherical surface
  • Retrofocus
    • And retro focus lens optical system focal length is shorter than the length of the optical system
    • Increasingly asymmetric refractive power arrangement must be strengthened a negative refractive power of the front group in particular
      • Coma aberration, astigmatism, spherical aberration occurs
    • Order to secure a back focus must be to increase the ratio retro
      • Pettsuvu~aru sum is reduced and off-axis aberration (field curvature, distortion) is worse