I’m away in Europe at the moment and I got word that a store in the UK had the new 40mm f2.8 Pancake lens. I’m pretty excited about this lens since I’m always trying to shave some weight off the gear that I carry and I’ve never been satisfied with ANY of Canon’s 50mm offerings. A pocket sized 40mm might just be the ticket so I ordered one right away. Below I have posted a hands on video with the lens so that you can get a bit of a feel for how small it is. I also give some initial impressions and demonstrate one of the odd nuances of the STM lens system that Canon has just developed.
This lens is now in stock at many places.. Below is a list of direct links to places that are expecting them. Amazon is carrying a note that initial supplies will be limited. If you click a link and they are not in stock then I would highly recommend placing a pre-order if you want to get this lens quickly.
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens
The build quality of this lens is very nice, especially for only $200. I’ve handled the as yet unavailable 24mm f2.8 IS and 28mm f2.8 IS and this is in the same league, but those lenses are $750+. I think this is going to become the new 50mm f1.8 , the lens that everyone either has or has had at some point.
The biggest thing you’ll notice is that the focus ring feels unlike all others. Even when the focus swicth is on manual , rotating the focus ring won’t have any effect unless the lens is on the camera. The lens need to be powered in order to work. Not only that but if you leave it for a few seconds it will go to sleep and you’ll need to push the shutter button half way to ‘wake it up’ again. It’s a bit weird but then again most people won’t be using it on manual focus anyway.
The main issue I have with it is that if you focus at the MFD, then remove the lens from the camera you are left with a protruding part of the lens. Since the lens isn’t powered unless you’re attached to the camera, rotating the focus ring will not draw the lens element back in again. Of course you can push it in, and I’d do this with other lenses without issue. But it feels a bit odd to do that with the STM system as it gives quite a bit of resistance to being pushed back in. In the manual these is no mention as to whether you should do this or not. My recommendation would be that you probably can do it, but be gentle and slow.
NB: My full review, with sample images is now online HERE.
Definitely going to grab myself one.
I think a LOT of people are going to.
Love the look of this. Could you not overcome the “focus bulge” by switching to MF and then winding it in?
Do us all a favour, on your next youtube review when your demonstrating noise level of a focus motor STOP TALKING .
Realistically it’s still a Moot point because you still have no idea of the noise. I could make it sound like a jet plane if the mic levels were set in one point , and silent with a more directional mic. The sound wasn’t recorded with the mic in the camera with the lens on so it doesn’t matter. Pass judgement using my opinion not listening to it.
FYI there IS a separate video In the review though where the sound is recorded in camera.
Wonder if they’ll sort the extension issue through a firmware update?? Switch off the camera and it auto retracts the focus.
Indeed, lot of ppl going to buy this one for variable reasons like: 1. It’s nice to have multiple lenses in bag 2. Absolutely great street photography lens. And yes I’m picking one up for myself!
I must admit, this going to sleep issue is infuriating. I bought the lens a few days ago with the intent of using it primarily for street photography. For anyone who shoots candid photos, they’ll know that being ready both in mind and gear is vitally important. Any delay whatsoever and photographs will be missed. Those kinds of glitches are what turned me off from the Fuji X100. While I’m otherwise thrilled with the pancake lens, going to sleep on the job is not an option. Does anyone have a sense of how long it takes for the lens to go into sleep mode? And, more importantly, can a firmware update fix this?