Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 a pancake lens for stills or movies

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Sometimes less is more … and that's certainly what Canon are thinking with the release of the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8. The pancake lens is considerably smaller than your average lens.

The f/2.8 aperture is said to be ideal for photographers who want a versatile, compact and lightweight lens for portrait, reportage, travel or landscape situations.

Precision control over the circular, seven-blade aperture is enabled by the Electro Magnetic Diaphragm allowing you to produce a creamy bokeh effect.

Smooth and quiet focusing when shooting movies on compatible cameras is ensured by the new stepper motor technology which enables fast, continuous focus when recording moving subjects.

The EF 40mm f/2.8 STM is available from 15th June 2012, priced at £229.99/$ 149.00