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Re: already have the 50mm f/1.4 - does the 40mm f/2.8 make any sense?
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2013, 01:56:45 PM »
I have both for my 6D.  However, if I were shooting crop, I'd pick up a Sigma 30, and sell the 50/1.4 to fund a 40STM.

I use the 50mm f/1.4 when I need the low light for events where I can't use a flash, or I want extreme depth of field.

However, at almost every other point, I've got the 40STM on my camera.  I like the slightly wider focal length.  It's also incredibly sharp.  If I'm shooting an event with a strobe, I'll go with the 40STM over the 50mm every time, set it to f/4 and you've got IMO the right amount of DOF, and super sharp images.

I also like that if I want to travel light and without my camera bag, I can throw the 40STM in a pocket, and keep the 70-200 f/4L IS on the 6D.  It covers most of the range I need, and I don't need to worry about bag checks or the weight.

Also, another nice bonus is that the 40STM is cheap enough I don't even bother with a lens cap for it, so it's always ready.

Finally, despite thinking that us Canon owners are the only ones with a "body cap" lens, Olympus M43 users have an even smaller option!  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/893289-REG/Olympus_v325010bw000_15mm_F8_0_Lens_On.html  Only downside is it's a fixed f/8 with the focus set permanently hyperfocal.
6D, Sigma 35/1.4, 40STM, 50/1.4, 70-200/4 IS, 430ex II
T2i, 17-55/2.8 IS, 270ex

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Re: already have the 50mm f/1.4 - does the 40mm f/2.8 make any sense?
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2013, 01:56:45 PM »