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Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake

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Review Date: Jul 8, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Price, sharpness, great focal length
Cons:
Vignetting on FF

There is very little to complain about. At its price point the lens is simply unbeatable.

The focal length seems a little strange at first but that's just a number, right? I was thinking about buying a 35mm lens but after getting the short-forty I'm staying put with it.

For a non-L lens it's incredibly sharp starting from wide open. Sure it's slower than 50mm f/1.4 and 1.8 (which I both own) but to get a decent picture out of those two fifties you need to step them down a little, on the other hand the short-forty is perfectly usable wide open - sharp from the centre to the edge.

The only real problem I had with it is vignetting which is quite strong on FF when opened wide luckily it's easily fixable with software.

Highly recommended.