I was just browsing around Amazon, looking at lens prices, etc...
I came across the little 40mm pancake lens...it has good reviews there, looking it is slightly wide angle, fairly fast lens....and only $150.
So, I'm wondering..is this one of those "bang for the buck" lenses? Would this be good for video? With it being so small, I can't tell if there's a manual focusing ring on it....
I was hoping someone out here that owns it could tell what they think its strengths and weaknesses are...how is it shooting wide open?
What kind of pictures do you most often take with this lens?
Anyway, for $150...I was thinking of playing with it...but wondering if so cheap, is it worth messing with at all?
Thanks in advance,
Pros: Absurdly small, exceptionally sharp (the sharpness seems best towards the F/2.8-4 side of things, which is great), inexpensive, and inconspicuous looking.
Cons: Slow focusing, no IS, you could argue F/2.8 is slow (for a prime)
It's a lovely lens if you are a walkaround-and-think-about-each-shot person, you take proper time to compose a shot, etc. But it focuses far, far slower than a good USM lens. So it will generate great images if your subject isn't moving around too much -- so it's a poor choice for sports, children, pets, etc. I know I will eat those words and someone will post awesome kid/pet/sports shots taken with it, but the hit rate will be far lower than if you had a proper USM lens.