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Pancake Canon 40mm f2.8 lens

Time for an update on my equipment. My latest update on the equipment area was my review of my Sigma Art lens the 50mm in January. But I have much more lenses than that one, my collection have during Christmas sales hit the number of five after me buying the Pancake 40mm Canon lens.

My proud collection:

  • Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 pancake
  • Sigma 50 mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
  • Canon 24-105 mm f/4L IS USM
  • Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 ii
  • Lensbaby Composer Pro Sweet 35

Why did I buy the Canon 40 mm?

You who follow me might wonder why I bough this lens and the truth to be told, I didn´t buy it because of it´s quality I assure you. It was the size. Wonderful small and feather light weight, almost.

Short Tech specs for the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM- The Canon is a versatile lens for portrait, travel and everyday life. It is possible to take photos as close as 30mm – lens- to object which is far closer than my other 50mm:s and something I enjoy when using the lens. The lens works nice in low light due to the big aperture of 2.8 and feels fairly close to what the human eye perceive when looking out on the world. It is a non zoom lens with a STM autofocus system that is suppose to be quieter when focusing why the lens also works great when filming.

I must say that the film has all these above specs and works great. Canon says that the autofocus system is quick, but here I don´t entirely agree, it is a yes and no. I wouldn´t use it for anything that has speed and I have had problems when just shooting people that move a little to fast.


  • Lightweighted
  • Versatile
  • Big aperture
  • Priceworthy (cost around 1600 SEK in Sweden)- one of Canons cheaper lenses
  • Makes my Canon 5D Mark iii house feel smaller and weigh half as much as when adding the Sigme 50mm Art lens
  • Silent
  • Feels fairly robust and look good on for the price

  • Not that sharp that Canon says it is
  • Not that quick that I would use the word quick when talking about the autofocus system.


+ and – :es aside. This is one of my favorite lenses which I added to my camerabag with the soul purpose of using when traveling instead of also buying a compact camera (even if I am still thinking about it) and to be able to shoot more film. I used it when shooting the last sequences for the movie, Akademisk högtid, found in the end of this post.

Well, say hello to my favorite!


Check out my equipment category to read more on what camera equip I use and dearly love.

Shot with my iPhone 6+ and edited in the Instagram app.


A photo shot with the Canon 40 mm lens. iso 2500, 1/40 sek and f2.8. Edited in Lightroom.


Movie shot with the Canon 5D Mark iii + 40mm lens (big parts). Edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

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