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.
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.
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..