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Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2013, 02:45:10 PM »
On my 5D Mark III, it's like a "baby - L" lens; sharp, great color & contrast from f2.8 - f8.
I test shot it against my previously owned 50 (1.8, 1.4, 1.2,) canon 35 f2 IS, and sigma 35 1.4.
The 40mm holds up really well against all those lenses. But it was much better on FF than on my 60D.

I was about to buy the 24-70 L II but decided to hold off for now, especially since I'd shoot primarily between 30-50mm; the pancake does that with low distortion!  If I need a more durable versatile lens, I can still myself eventually getting the 24-70. In the meantime, I will use the money saved on a 2nd body, like a 6D or even a fuji x100s possibly.

I agree with neuroanatomist - when I borrow my friend's 70-200 L II, having the 40mm is such a convenience that gives me a great range while still maintaining mobility. Definitely get it!

Great pic Dylan! I actually used the 40mm on my 5d Mark III for a weekend at Disneyland and the beach, and it never bogged me down!
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Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2013, 03:29:46 PM »
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I got the lens when it was first announced. I still think it's the best glass for the money in the Canon lineup.

Since getting the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 I haven't used the 40 on my 5D3. It's the mainstay on my T2i these days. Great little lens.


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Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2013, 03:44:14 PM »
I've used the 70-200 a lot at kid sporting events then pop that off and put on the 40 to take a picture of the team.  I just keep it in my pocket.  I find that I don't use my 50 1.4 much because it's really soft until stopped down to at least 2 and at 2.8 my 40 seems a little better...and the 50 1.4 doesn't fit as well in my pocket.  I keep it because I might need the 1.4 sometime but in reality I haven't used it much since I bought the 40.
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Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« Reply #18 on: November 15, 2013, 03:45:57 PM »
I've used the 70-200mmii/40mm combo several times in the last couple of months and the IQ is closer than I'd like to admit. Even once I get the 24-70ii, I plan on keeping the 40 as a backup and for kicks.
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Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« Reply #19 on: November 15, 2013, 03:47:41 PM »
It's my everyday lens.  I love it so much that I am going to get a second one as a back up in case Canon freaks out and cancels it for some dumb reason.  It hold its own again my more expensive glass but since it's compact it actually gets used.  24-70 II is great but hell to carry around all day. 
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Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« Reply #20 on: November 15, 2013, 03:50:53 PM »
I've used the 70-200 a lot at kid sporting events then pop that off and put on the 40 to take a picture of the team.  I just keep it in my pocket.  I find that I don't use my 50 1.4 much because it's really soft until stopped down to at least 2 and at 2.8 my 40 seems a little better...and the 50 1.4 doesn't fit as well in my pocket.  I keep it because I might need the 1.4 sometime but in reality I haven't used it much since I bought the 40.

I sold my 50 1.4 shortly after I got the 40. I was sad to see it go but honestly, I haven't missed it.
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Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« Reply #21 on: November 15, 2013, 04:59:57 PM »
For now, the pancake is a good deal for FF.  It has great overall IQ for its focal length on FF unmatched for its size.  That might change, though, once the 50mm f/1.8 IS is released.  That lens will have close focal length, IS, and faster speed... Might not be that much bigger than the "nifty fifty" either based on other IS consumer primes recently released, and if that is the case it might be worth carrying over the pancake.  But, who knows when that will be released for sure and it may turn out significantly larger than the nifty fifty.

On crop, the pancake is a weird focal length to use - too long for normal, too short for portrait. So for APS-C I would not recommend it at all.  A better option would be the 28mm f/2.8 IS USM for crop - which is almost as small as the pancake.
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Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« Reply #22 on: November 15, 2013, 05:05:48 PM »
Although I don't own it, I had the chance to use the 40mm a bit and really liked it. It's sharp, compact and cheap. However, I have got to say that I personnally really disliked the STM focus ring. I used it in manual focus and found it inefficiant and imprecise. Still, maybe it's because of a lack of practice with an STM lens (it was my first and only time using one). I would recommend you to at less try it before you buy if you plan on using it in manual focus; I guess an STM fous ring is something you either love or hate working with. Otherwise, it really have a great quality/price ratio!
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Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« Reply #23 on: November 15, 2013, 05:16:15 PM »
On my 5D Mark III, it's like a "baby - L" lens; sharp, great color & contrast from f2.8 - f8.

It is a baby 'L'. Why do you think they've brought out a white one !  ;D

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Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« Reply #24 on: November 15, 2013, 05:28:10 PM »
I like mine for portability, pop it on my 5D2 and put it in my tiny little Lowepro bag, very convenient and unnoticeable weight, smaller than a purse (not that carry one :-))
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Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« Reply #25 on: November 15, 2013, 05:56:10 PM »
On a 5D3, a great little lens. For its price and size, super sharp wide open, and great contrast. It's replaced my 50mm f1.4 as my standard lens (great for general landscape/walk around, as others have mentioned). On a recent trip, I probably used this one for 40% of the images.
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Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« Reply #26 on: November 15, 2013, 06:21:07 PM »
On my 5D Mark III, it's like a "baby - L" lens; sharp, great color & contrast from f2.8 - f8.

It is a baby 'L'. Why do you think they've brought out a white one !  ;D

Hah True! I wish they had that color option when I got mine
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Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« Reply #27 on: November 15, 2013, 07:17:40 PM »
I bought mine six weeks ago, played with it for 15 minutes and haven't used it since.  Great little lens, but mine is probably going on the auction block.
Ditto...great little lens but for me an unwise purchase, seduced by novelty value and launch-time hype. Bought it when they first shipped in 2012, had a one week love affair with it on a vacation down the coast, and it's been gathering dust ever since. This is no reflection on its quality. It's GOOD!

Go ahead and get one, it's a perfectly fine, fun, very compact lens. Don't buy new. There would be plenty of impulsive photographers like mackguyver and me who used it for five minutes then pushed it straight out onto eBay/Craigslist/Gumtree. You should get a pristine one for under $100.

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Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« Reply #28 on: November 15, 2013, 08:25:34 PM »
The best $130 I ever spend on Canon lens. It's compact and sharp @ wide open. It feels like FF mirrorless when you attach to your 5D III. Maybe I should cancel my A7 and stay with this combo ::) ::) ::)

I've seen this picture when you posted it a whole ago. Can't remember it I posted a comment then, but the qualities of this picture really reminds me of the Ektachrome transparencies my father shot of us when we were kids, using his Pentax Spotmatic and 50mm takumar f1.7.

So that's a complement  ;)

Thanks Sporgon.

I just got into photography 5-6yrs ago, I need to google "Ektachrome" now.
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Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« Reply #29 on: November 15, 2013, 08:40:27 PM »
Most expensive body cap ever! Canon pricing strikes again!

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