I have had the Canon 40mm f2.8 STM pancake lens for a few weeks now , and whilst I have had the chance to take a few snaps with it I haven’t had the opportunity (until now that is) to get out there and give it a proper test. Thinking about it, my recent trip out with the Canon 40mm f2.8 STM lens wasn’t a proper test since I had the better half with me, and all she really cared about was finishing off the Christmas shopping. That, combined with a four hour window (which sounds a lot of time but soon flies by) made testing the 40mm pancake lens even more of a challenge.
My line of thought was to take the motor home to the dealer for the repair work, and whilst it was being worked on take a trip to the town centre for a bit of street photography and then stroll down the seafront to look for more photo opportunities. The plan seemed perfect……………..
Christmas is usually a great time to get out and take some photos, however it isn’t on a cold, drizzly and grey day with three days to go in the middle of Yarmouth. The town, as you’d expect was heaving and with so many people barging around getting the last minute Christmas shopping done I found myself constantly in the way, constantly being barged in to and constantly being sworn at. And I always thought Great Yarmouth was such a friendly place! Even the Great Yarmouth market traders who are usually more than happy to pose for a photo or two were offish but then I guess they do have to maximise the festive period and earn as much as they can.
After several (failed) shots in the town it was time to venture down the seafront, which was far quieter. In fact, the seafront was too quiet and it was like a ghost town. Most of the shops down Regent Road (the street from the town centre to the seafront) which is a bustling shopping street in the summer months had the shutters well and truly down – so no interesting photo opportunities there. Hmmmmm………………………………. The seafront didn’t bring much inspiration either, and with the better half getting bored and keen to get back to the shops we walked a little way up the seafront and then headed back to the town centre.
I wouldn’t call the trip out a success however I did manage to get a few shots, as below:-
Canon 40mm f2.8 STM sample photos
(Click on the thumbnail to see the image in full resolution)
The trip put with the Canon 40mm f2.8 STM pancake lens has shown me this lens has a lot of potential and I am looking forward to experimenting with it in the future. I used the 40mm lens on my full frame Canon 6d see the pros and cons here) and it was a light, compact and discreet set up. The image quality of the lens is spot on, and pretty darn sharp especially when you consider the cost of the lens. I paid £127 from Amazon although it now seems the price has increased a little. Even with the price increase this lens is still exceptional value for money and well worth buying.
And here it is - the "tiny" Canon 40mm f2.8 STM pancake lens