Canon EF 40mm f2.8 STM review

Lens Canon EF 40mm f2.8 STM popularly called a pancake. The reason is obvious - it is unusually thin and light. It weighs only 130g, which is in stark contrast to the lens. Sigma 40mm f1.4 ART, where the focal length is the same, but the weight is 1200g.

sigma 40 f1.4 art vs canon 40 f2.8 stm

Canon EF 40mm f2.8 STM has a maximum aperture of f2.8, which for fixed lens a little... For similar money you can buy Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM and get a much stronger background blur. As a portrait lens for a crop, the above lens is much more recommended. In general, I do not recommend the EF 40mm f2.8 STM for crop cameras, it will be boring.

Pancake Canon EF 40mm f2.8 STM covers the full frame (and even Fujifilm GFX Medium Format, as my tests showed), so it's worth using it exactly on full frame cameras... This is a standard focal length lens that conveys perspective as we see the world with our own eyes. Strictly speaking, the standard focal length for a full frame is 43mm (36mm by 24mm sensor diagonal). It is the pancake that is closest to this value.

This lens is convenient for shooting indoor reports. The autofocus speed is average here, it does not catch the stars, but it is enough for anything. The aperture is also average, but it is usually enough for most tasks. But the sharpness is excellent throughout the entire field of the frame, starting from the open aperture. I use this lens as a reference lens in my tests. It easily "resolves" as much as 30MP at Canon rand 45mm on Canon R5.

The main feature of this lens is its incredibly compact size, barely perceptible weight and cost. But at the same time it is optically very good. Despite the fact that I have a ton of other cooler optics, this lens takes its special place of honor.

What's so special about the Canon EF 40mm f2.8 STM?

The nice thing about it is that if you want to be light with your full-frame camera, it's easy and simple to do. Do you have a long shoot, where you need to be on your feet for hours? Here is the solution to the problem - Canon EF 40mm f2.8 STM, which can be used to shoot almost anything using the foot zoom (move your feet closer, farther).

This lens refutes the thesis that a full frame is always a heavy and large camera with a large lens. If you know that this is your main focal length, then for the sake of compactness, you don't need to take a crop camera. The Canon EF 40mm f2.8 STM in combination with a Canon mirrorless camera would be a good choice.

What is the difference between 40mm and 35mm and 50mm?

The difference is subtle. About 50mm I can say that this is a different focal length. With 50mm it is sometimes cramped. Additional 10mm, due to which the pancake is wider, make itself felt. But the 40mm f2.8 pancake doesn't blur the background much. You can get a separation from the background, but there will be no direct tangible bokeh with it. In the same time, fifty dollars are famous for their pleasant bokeh. A lens with a focal length of 35mm will be interesting when looking at models with aperture f1.8-2.0 or f1.4. The difference in aperture ratio under some conditions can be decisive. But these lenses are bulkier and more costly.

If you want a similar effect on a Canon crop DSLR, then you should look towards the Canon EF-S 24mm f2.8 STM. Everything is the same, only for crop cameras.

My video review of the Canon EF 40mm f2.8 STM with sample photos:

Tamron DI SP 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 VC USD II

Inexpensive Tamron DI SP 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 VC USD II telephoto camera - is it worth it?

Tamron DI SP 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 VC USD II Is a very budget lens with good tele-range. 70-300mm are breathtaking focal lengths for outdoor photography. You can discreetly snatch people from the crowd, shoot animals of medium wildness, photograph landscapes with an interesting perspective. So, by themselves, focal points are very useful. And the range from 70mm to 300mm gives more functionality than standard 70-200mm telephoto lenses. But the lens has disadvantages and they are tangible.

By the way, I tested the Tamron 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 on Chinese Canon R5... The camera detected the lens, everything worked. You can see the tests in the video review, which will be released later.


  • Good sharpness only at f8-f10
  • Low micro contrast
  • Boke - nothing remarkable
  • Autofocus disgusting
  • The work of the stub is barely perceptible


  • Inexpensive
  • There are many of them at flea markets
  • Looks great and professional

Sample photos on Tamron DI SP 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 II

Lens from the popular series “on your own money". It costs quite inexpensively and, in principle, corresponds to this price. You can buy it, play around, see if you like these focal lengths. If you haven’t had a telephoto lens before and are wondering whether to buy something in the 70-200mm or 100-400mm region, this lens will do the trick. It will also be of interest to undemanding amateur photographers. They ask for a little money for it, while it is somehow autofocus. You can't shoot the dynamics on it, but it will go for a leisurely shooting. You can buy a manual lens with much more outstanding optical qualities. But it will most likely fix and direct hand trick on TVs - it's still a pleasure.


  • If you have a crop camera, I recommend more in this price segment Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4.5-5.6 STM.
  • If you have a full frame and want more, you will need to increase your budget. For a full frame, good telephoto lenses are: Canon EF 70-200 f4L/f2.8L, EF 100-400 f4.5-5.6L and so on.


nikon z6 ii + 85 1.8

Features of photographing portraits with Nikon cameras

My main system is Canon, but this is not the first time I've come across Nikon cameras.

What can I tell you about my experience?

If you pick up a modern full frame for a few thousand dollars, you can't go wrong with any brand now (but dormouse). All full-frame cameras are very good at photographing, giving great opportunities in post-processing. Moreover, portrait photography in natural light is one of the directions where the full-frame matrix reveals itself. I don't like taking portraits on the street in crop cameras... For studio photography with pulsed light on a crop camera, I am completely calm.

About lenses

I filmed on Nikon z6 ii with lenses:

  • Nikkor Z 14-30mm f4S
  • Nikkor Z 85mm f1.8S

As for the choice of focal lengths, then super-width about 14mm full frame and a short telephoto like 85mm are my choice as two primary lenses for portrait photography. Yes, not only can you shoot at 14mm interiors и landscapes, but also full-length portraits (with due skill). By the way, shooting at 85mm is much easier.

The lenses are optically excellent, they give a sharp picture from an open aperture, there is nothing to complain about. It even seemed to me too technically correct.

Below you can see the resulting photos. And even lower - with a video backstage, how it happened.

At the filming stage

Nikon mirrorless cameras are quality cameras that fit comfortably in the hand with a quality screen and viewfinder. This is very important for comfortable shooting on location. I'm not used to the “pinch and twist” controls, but in this photo session I was shooting in AV mode and in fact I didn't need to change anything. Eye AF works great, just press the button and get your photos. Now it is very easy to work with cameras. The not very rotatable screen was inconvenient when shooting from low angles. I am used to Canon mirrorless cameraswhere the screen can be rotated to any angle.

At the post-processing stage

RAW files lend themselves well to processing. Lights and shadows are drawn out at a time. For most plots, you won't even need to think about HDR (present in this chamber). I'll tell you a secret - this applies to any modern full-frame camera, not only Nikons. Now it is no longer worth looking for the difference, but who is there more dragging on. 10-year-old canons did not stretch well, but they can still be filmed.

Color. After the files from Canon, the colors on Nikon seem cold and dull. At the same time, changing the white balance also happens a little differently. In my opinion, the secret lies in the richness of the orange color. The difference between modern Nikon and Canon lies somewhere in this plane:

color saturation channels

Nikon gives a less saturated skin color, Kenon - more saturated. Therefore, the image on Nikon may appear colder, but the white balance does not correct this. The point is in the saturation of individual color shades. I showed above very roughly by eye what I mean. This is not a guide to the information of cameras and not accurate data.

In terms of color, this applies to modern cameras. When I was filming on Nikon D780 I noticed about the same with the color of the faces. But now, if you take the old Nikons, then there is simply misfortune, sadness. Especially the crops. For me, a sample of the most disgusting color reproduction is the Nikon D90 and D300S cameras. I have an association with them with bombils. from turkish hotels... When they take pictures with oversaturated faces and print them on souvenir plates ... but again, this does not apply to modern Nikons.

General impressions

In general, the Nikon Z6 II has a positive impression. To the question “What to buy Nikon Z6 II or Canon R6?»I can answer in the form individual consultation... Since the question is very controversial. Now, by and large, all cameras are already good, except for garbage from sony.

Shooting backstage:

Nikon Z6 II review