EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

This isn’t a review as such, but an observation of the new Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM.

On a casual outing, I would usually bring my 35mm film camera as it’s small, lightweight, and fun to use, especially with its fitted 50mm f/1.4, it’s just perfect to use..

But I left it in my office at work.

Without many other options (I did think of using my wife’s newly acquired G1x) I decided to give the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM a bit of an official workout.

It takes a little bit of getting used to when looking at it on one of my cameras, but I appreciated how much lighter it made the camera; especially in light of my preferred 70-200/2.8 or 85/1.2 ‘walk around’ lenses.

The outing was the Royal Adelaide Show, and the subject matter was anything and anyone.

I found that the focal length took some getting used to.. I found myself wanting to either come in closer or to take a step back, perhaps subconsciously accommodating for a 50mm or 35mm focal length. I also found that I never moved from its wide open aperture setting of 2.8, but did at times wish for a less depth of field that would have been achieved with a faster lens. Regardless I found it was great fun to use, and again, I appreciated its lightness, and how it made the camera more compact for travel.

She wasn’t too sure about the Alpacas after my son said he was spat on by one..

There are quite a few good reviews on the web about this lens and I recommend the following if you are thinking of purchasing one for yourself.

the-digital-picture.com, ephotozine.com, and lenstests.com

..at the wood chopping event, waiting for the inevitable to happen.. i.e., the person in front to turn around so I could take their photo..

I enjoyed using the lens for its compact size and convenience . The soft blur background it produces in my images is very nice, though if I am to be honest, I would still prefer one of my faster lenses.. especially if I am going to carry around a camera that size..

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