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.

40mm, F4, 1/40 sec

40mm, F4, 1/40 sec

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.

Race

Race

As a walking-around lens, the 40mm seems ideal – it’s small, lightweight and unobtrusive. Thus the “pancake” moniker.

The longest road

The longest road

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.

Crash landing, Texas style

Crash landing, Texas style

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.

Cat in the lap

Cat in the lap

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.”

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