My deepest sympathy to you and your family Craig. Very very sorry to hear about this.
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In case anyone was wondering, the EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake lens is in AF Group D on the 5DIII/1D X, meaning despite the f/2.8 aperture, it activates only the center (1 of 5) high-precision f/2.8 AF points, and also only activates the inner columns (10 of 20) of the f/4-sensitive crosses.
HOWEVER, by doing that..the pancake, isn't a pancake anymore... I got mine yesterday. Put it on the 5D3. Man, it was light. Very nice image coming out of it.
0 and compared it with other higher end Canon zoom lenses, and it turns out the little pancake outperformed them in some areas.
Very interesting lens, but comparing this prime to older zoom designs that are more difficult to build like the 16-35 are even already discontinued like the 24-70i sounds a bit odd, I'd like to see the numbers of other 50mm or 35mm primes in this review, too - does anyone know these numbers?
Lens Center 20 pt
Canon 40mm f/2.8 870 775
Canon 24-70 740 610
Canon 16-35 770 635
Canon 45 TS-E 785 660
Canon 35/1.4 ?
Canon 35/2.0 ?
Canon 50/1.4 ?
Canon 50/1.8 ?