Along with today’s news of the new Rebel T4i Canon also released a new compact lens the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM. This is an extremely compact with a thickness of just 22mm. Some of the specs on the lens:
The new EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens offers an ultra-slim, lightweight design that helps photographers avoid overwhelming their subjects with a large lens and to remain discreet in sensitive shooting situations without compromising performance. The “pancake-style” lens boasts an aperture of f/2.8 making it an ideal lens for capturing portrait stills or stunning video. The lens is under an inch thick when attached, making it easy to carry and fit conveniently into a purse or pocket.
The lens will retail for just $199 so looks like it will be a very solid lens at a great price. With the size of the lens it should be great for street photography. You can pre-order the lens here at B&H: Canon New EF 40mm f/2.8
Some additional info on the lens:
This EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens from Canon is a super lightweight 4.6 oz lens. This is the lightest lens (along with the 50mm f/1.8 II lens) in the EF family. It’s less than one inch long, so it will never draw unwelcome attention to you when you’re shooting in public. A bright f/2.8 maximum aperture allows you to shoot under pretty much any lighting conditions, and the sophisticated lens configuration, including one aspherical element, guarantees high image quality from the center to the edge of the frame. The optimized coatings used in constructing the lens greatly reduce ghosting and flare, and deliver superb color balance.
STM functionality provides quiet, smooth and continuous autofocus during video operation. The circular aperture formed by 7 diaphragm blades combined with the wide aperture can give you beautiful bokeh–the out-of-focus background areas of your images. This 40mm lens will give you a view equivalent to 64mm when used on a camera with an APS-C sensor, and is able to focus as close as 11.81″.
You can pre-order the lens here at B&H: Canon New EF 40mm f/2.8
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