Canon EF 40mm macro lens review - first impressions!

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I love photography; the fondness I have for my Canon 1200D is incalculable. This camera is what sparked my interest in photography and it has been with me ever since. It goes to work with me, as well as on road-trips and adventures. I will always have a special bond with this camera - my very first camera!

Although I love my canon with the standard 18-55mm lens, I've been secretly on the hunt for a new camera lens, because I want to start exploring more options with photography; and having a new lens is a great starting point! I mentioned on my previous post that I am somehow getting into portrait photography. While still loving my mini-photography projects that take up some of my free time every week, I have been wanting to invest in a good macro lens so that I can start experimenting with portrait photography and bokeh.

I narrowed my options down to two: either the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens or the equivalent 50mm. After reading quite a few reviews, I opted for the first one. Canon's so called pancake lens.

After having this lens for a little while, I've come to realise a few things: firstly, this is one incredibly sharp lens. It gives your photos a beautiful bokeh effect that I am starting to love more and more.

...That bokeh is just perfect!

I have even been able to try the lens on a few occasions where I was out exploring and I was very impressed with the results. Even random every day objects I found around me, somehow the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM made them look special. I can't quite explain why...but I can show you!

See what I mean? A simple, lonely beer can on the floor can be brought to life with it. And I am slightly obsessed with the sharpness of it too.

Photography is all about trial and error. And most of the photographs I have been taking over the past few weeks aren't my best photographs ever. And that's okay! It takes time to learn photography and adjust to a new lens. It takes a lot of practising too.

So far I can tell you this...

For a tiny lens, the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM delivers superb optical performance! The lens isn't much bigger than an actual lens cap, and it has unbeaten optics! I still cannot get over how sharp it is. As a full-frame lens, this one works on all Canon EOS cameras, regardless of format - another plus. So if I ever choose to sell my 1200D camera, I can still use the lens on a different Canon camera body.

I can't wait to try more creative ideas with the camera. I will keep you updated on the progress of my experiments with this new wonderful lens.