The new normal: 40mm, that is
Simply could not pass up B&H’s discounted price on the already dirt-cheap 40mm pancake lens from Canon. (It was already on my wish list.) So I pulled the trigger even harder than usual after discovering that they were also throwing in FREE next-day air shipping via UPS.
The above was the first frame fired with this new (to me) normal lens, using the settings specified in the caption. Shown without cropping or other post-process enhancement, converted from RAW via Lightroom.
As a walking-around lens, the 40mm seems ideal – it’s small, lightweight and unobtrusive. Thus the “pancake” moniker.
The above was taken at f 5.6, with a focus on the indistinct stripe on the pathway at lower center. Demonstrating a pretty decent sharpness across a fairly wide depth of field. Which should make this a thoroughly useable choice for street photography.
The objective on this lens is surprisingly small, indicative of its rather limited light-gathering capabilities – so I would opt for the 50mm 1.4 for purposes of indoor low-light photography, even though it’s bulkier and heavier.
Still, at elevated ISO this little 40 is not too shabby in daylit interiors – referencing the above photo as evidence.
For the cost ($129 on sale) and the weight-stingy compactness (it’s not much different than having the body cap alone on the camera), I’m very pleased with my first outing with the “shorty 40.”