Canon Issues Product Advisory For 40mm f/2.8 Pancake

Some users are having problems with their new Canon pancake lens — but don't worry, a firmware fix is in the works

canon 40mm pancake
canon 40mm pancake

Earlier this year, Canon announced the pancake 40mm f/2.8, an affordable normal lens that costs around $200 and is less than an inch long. Unfortunately, it appears that the lens has been having some focusing problems, which has caused Canon to issue a product advisory for it.

Here's how Canon describes the problem:

If pressure is applied to the lens barrel while the lens is mounted to the camera (pressure can be applied even while attaching the lens cap or while carrying the camera with the lens attached in a bag), the autofocusing function of the lens may stop working. *This phenomenon does not occur during normal shooting. *This phenomenon does not result in a malfunction of the lens.

Thankfully, there's a firmware fix in the works, which should be available to download later this month. You can register with Canon to receive an email when that's ready to grab. Until then, you can fix the problem either by detaching then reattaching the lens, or by popping out the battery to reboot the camera.