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Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« Reply #30 on: November 15, 2013, 09:17:43 PM »
I love mine, it's essentially glued to my 6D.

It does have some quirks though.
Its motor is noisy, kind of squeals when it's running, you can even feel the steps it takes while focusing as a subtle vibration in the camera body.
Many lenses, you can grab the manual focus ring at any time and take over, not on this one, unless you take auto focus away from the shutter button, as in back button focusing, probably other combinations too.
If you do set to back button focusing and set the lens switch to MF, you do get focus confirmation while BBF is held, I like how that works.
Manual focus also goes to sleep after 20 seconds or so of inactivity, a tap of the shutter button wakes it back up.
 
I also considered the Voitlander 40mm Pancake which got some rave reviews, others not so rave. Turns out the Voitlander is more susceptible to flare, has a bit of barrel distortion and a fairly repulsive onion skin bokeh, never mind no auto focus at all.

Bokeh on the Canon is smooth, somewhat oval shaped, under normal conditions, just about flare proof though I did get some extreme flare from streetlights above and just behind me to the sides during night shooting recently.
 
With the 6D's high ISO performance, the Canon's f2.8 maximum is a non-issue speed wise, no worries about dealing with razor thin DOF either.
 
Auto focus speed seems fine to me, but I've little experience with high line lenses to compare.
 
 
 
 
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« Reply #30 on: November 15, 2013, 09:17:43 PM »

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« Reply #31 on: November 15, 2013, 11:16:44 PM »
I love mine.  I first got it for the 7D and used it for family events when I didn't want the heft of the 17-55.  Now that I have the 5D3, I find it even handier.  Tomorrow, I'm shooting my kids basketball game with the 5D3 and the 70-200 f2.8L II.  I'm bringing the 40 in case there's a chance for a group shot.  It's very easy to travel light with this lens.  Also, IQ is great, corner-to-corner, and wide open.  I prefer the 40 2.8 over the old 35 2.0 and the 50 1.8. 
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Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« Reply #32 on: November 16, 2013, 11:00:40 AM »
I love mine when I use it on full frame, great image quality and compact makes the 5d a nice walk-around camera.

That's a good description!

Combined with the high-ISO capabilities of the 5D3, it makes a pretty good indoor walk around camera for museums, art shows, etc...   It would be fun to try this combo for candid street photography too, using zone focus.

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« Reply #33 on: November 16, 2013, 11:53:30 AM »
Great little lens for the cost. I use when I am out running and want to take a camera. Also good for street shooting as no one will ever raise an eyebrow. However, I tend to use the new 35 f2 is more.
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« Reply #34 on: November 16, 2013, 01:45:14 PM »


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Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« Reply #35 on: November 16, 2013, 02:49:02 PM »
Love that Ariel. Where was picture taken?

A two day motorcycle show in Portland last January.  Here's another one taken with the 40 pancake at F/3.2, 1/200, ISO 3200.  The vignetting is courtesy of Lightroom.

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« Reply #36 on: November 16, 2013, 05:06:26 PM »
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I've done some bicycling around Portland so I know it's a great place for that. Didn't know they favored motorcycles too.

That Honda brings back some memories. I used to road race -- and once rode a Honda (in the days when Yamaha ruled the circuits). Almost killed myself on the first turn when I started downshifting as if it were a two-stroke!
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« Reply #36 on: November 16, 2013, 05:06:26 PM »

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« Reply #37 on: November 16, 2013, 05:57:50 PM »
Have to strongly disagree with you on the CV 40mm Ultron. I think its the best 40mm on the market. Sharper than the Canon at 2.8 and only slightly bigger (have owned both). AF confirmation works like a charm. See pic below, no onion bokeh but it does have some distortion in some of my other pics.




I love mine, it's essentially glued to my 6D.

It does have some quirks though.
Its motor is noisy, kind of squeals when it's running, you can even feel the steps it takes while focusing as a subtle vibration in the camera body.
Many lenses, you can grab the manual focus ring at any time and take over, not on this one, unless you take auto focus away from the shutter button, as in back button focusing, probably other combinations too.
If you do set to back button focusing and set the lens switch to MF, you do get focus confirmation while BBF is held, I like how that works.
Manual focus also goes to sleep after 20 seconds or so of inactivity, a tap of the shutter button wakes it back up.
 
I also considered the Voitlander 40mm Pancake which got some rave reviews, others not so rave. Turns out the Voitlander is more susceptible to flare, has a bit of barrel distortion and a fairly repulsive onion skin bokeh, never mind no auto focus at all.

Bokeh on the Canon is smooth, somewhat oval shaped, under normal conditions, just about flare proof though I did get some extreme flare from streetlights above and just behind me to the sides during night shooting recently.
 
With the 6D's high ISO performance, the Canon's f2.8 maximum is a non-issue speed wise, no worries about dealing with razor thin DOF either.
 
Auto focus speed seems fine to me, but I've little experience with high line lenses to compare.
 
 
 
 
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« Reply #38 on: November 16, 2013, 08:08:41 PM »
Have to strongly disagree with you on the CV 40mm Ultron. I think its the best 40mm on the market. Sharper than the Canon at 2.8 and only slightly bigger (have owned both). AF confirmation works like a charm. See pic below, no onion bokeh but it does have some distortion in some of my other pics.....

I have not personally compared the two lenses, I own only the Canon 40mm.
I did read multiple reviews while seriously considering the Voitlander, finally deciding against after seeing these two pages side by side.
 
photozone.de 2nd page tests of
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
http://www.photozone.de/canon_eos_ff/752-canon_40_28_ff?start=1
 
and
 
Voigtlander Ultron 40mm f/2 SL II (Canon EF)
http://www.photozone.de/canon_eos_ff/712-voigtlander40f2ff?start=1
 
Also this page.....
http://photopensieve.blogspot.it/2012/06/canon-40mm-f28-vs-voigtlander-40mm-f20.html
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I have observed the cat eye bokeh from the Canon as described at photozone.de, but I don't find it objectionable.

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Hmm....... first time trying an attachment here, if it shows, it's night time flare in the Canon 40mm as described in my post above. Image is straight from camera jpg, only edit was down sizing.
1/20 at f2.8, ISO 25600, handheld, Av, -2/3 exposure compensation.
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« Reply #39 on: November 16, 2013, 10:11:32 PM »
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I've done some bicycling around Portland so I know it's a great place for that. Didn't know they favored motorcycles too.

That Honda brings back some memories. I used to road race -- and once rode a Honda (in the days when Yamaha ruled the circuits). Almost killed myself on the first turn when I started downshifting as if it were a two-stroke!

I didn't know you into bike distant.star :)

I used to own couple bikes when I was in the 20ish. After getting marry, I sold one and still keep my fav Ducati 848 EVO. Now with two kids, I haven't touch the bike for while. I'm thinking selling it, but having hard time letting it goes... :-\

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« Reply #40 on: November 16, 2013, 11:10:00 PM »

I didn't know you into bike distant.star :)

I used to own couple bikes when I was in the 20ish. After getting marry, I sold one and still keep my fav Ducati 848 EVO. Now with two kids, I haven't touch the bike for while. I'm thinking selling it, but having hard time letting it goes... :-\

That's one gorgeous Ducati. I can understand why you want to hold onto it, but if you're not using it, seems like a shame to have it go unused.

I did a few years of motorcycle roadracing in the mid-1970s before I learned the people doing it well were far crazier than I was. So, I took to writing about it and did a lot of motorsports coverage for motorcycle publications like Cycle News. My first weekend of racing was at the legendary Bridgehampton track on New York's Long Island. My first practice lap Gary Nixon blew past about 80 mph faster than I was going and two inches from me -- just as a welcome to the track!

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« Reply #41 on: November 16, 2013, 11:32:37 PM »
I used to own couple bikes when I was in the 20ish. After getting marry, I sold one and still keep my fav Ducati 848 EVO. Now with two kids, I haven't touch the bike for while. I'm thinking selling it, but having hard time letting it goes... :-\
Lovely bike! I can understand you are having a hard time letting it go. Mine is a baby comparatively. Just 150cc :)

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« Reply #42 on: November 17, 2013, 12:41:12 AM »
I used to own couple bikes when I was in the 20ish. After getting marry, I sold one and still keep my fav Ducati 848 EVO. Now with two kids, I haven't touch the bike for while. I'm thinking selling it, but having hard time letting it goes... :-\
Lovely bike! I can understand you are having a hard time letting it go. Mine is a baby comparatively. Just 150cc :)

Kinda fun to ride as a group down to Pacific Coast High Way, In California. My friends still doing it in the weekend. Maybe one day soon ::) ::) ::)

If I sell it, I can always use the money to:
1. Rebuild my 1991 Acura NSX to make it looks like photo below - so I can be ready for my Midlife crisis ;)

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2. Get a new Canon 300/400mm f2.8 IS II now
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« Reply #43 on: November 17, 2013, 11:49:35 AM »
Do any of you have any experiences/insight with the 40mm 2.8 on the EOS M? I'm curious how that combo would work. I'm considering the 50mm 1.4, but I'd really like to keep the size/impact of the M to what it really is meant to be, and if the 40 is a good alternative I'd like to know.

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« Reply #44 on: November 17, 2013, 02:29:50 PM »
I bought mine just when it came out and I've been using it as a less conspicuous travel lens on my 5D3. I had it in Guatemala for 14 days last December. IQ is quite good - irrelevant of the price.
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