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Re: 40 Shorty Test Shots
« Reply #90 on: July 04, 2012, 12:06:07 AM »
Those are some nice photo's you got from the 40.  I'm sure the 40 wide open (2.8) is sharper than 50 1.8 wide open (1.8), but is 50 sharper at 2.8?  I also feel exactly the same as you wrote:

"The 40mm is comparable to the 50mm 1.8 in terms of smooth bokeh, but with the 50mm 1.8 you gain a shallower depth of field which makes me wish that Canon gave this little 40mm an f-stop of 2 or even a 1.8."
Thank you!

That is a good question about sharpness with both at 2.8. I have some testing out to do tonight!

Please report back as soon as you can. I just ordered a refurbished 50, but I might send it back and get a 40 instead.
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Re: 40 Shorty Test Shots
« Reply #90 on: July 04, 2012, 12:06:07 AM »

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Re: 40 Shorty Test Shots
« Reply #91 on: July 04, 2012, 01:42:34 AM »
Those are some nice photo's you got from the 40.  I'm sure the 40 wide open (2.8) is sharper than 50 1.8 wide open (1.8), but is 50 sharper at 2.8?  I also feel exactly the same as you wrote:

"The 40mm is comparable to the 50mm 1.8 in terms of smooth bokeh, but with the 50mm 1.8 you gain a shallower depth of field which makes me wish that Canon gave this little 40mm an f-stop of 2 or even a 1.8."
Thank you!

That is a good question about sharpness with both at 2.8. I have some testing out to do tonight!

Please report back as soon as you can. I just ordered a refurbished 50, but I might send it back and get a 40 instead.
What camera do you have? How much did you spend on the 50?

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Re: 40 Shorty Test Shots
« Reply #92 on: July 04, 2012, 02:19:24 AM »
I have a 5D2 and 7D. I spent about $100 including shipping.
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Re: 40 Shorty Test Shots
« Reply #93 on: July 04, 2012, 03:29:57 AM »
It ended up being pretty cheap in Sweden compared to the rest of europe (from what it seems, at least compared to the eurozone and britain), just the normal dollar price times 10 that we're used to, which means I paid 2000 SEK (which is around $290) for this brilliant little beaut. It is quite comparable to my voigtländer ultron 40/2, with the added AF that is sometimes a neat thing to have (I feel MF works on the EF, but it can't beat the near-perfection of the focusing on the ultron).

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Re: 40 Shorty Test Shots
« Reply #94 on: July 04, 2012, 05:08:22 AM »
I've a spouse who though sweet & long suffering has long become exasperated  :-\ by my slightly obsessive preoccupation start extolling the images produced by this little lens with wonder & delight..........
Enough said. I'm sold Its a keeper. Happy happy joy joy!
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Re: 40 Shorty Test Shots
« Reply #95 on: July 04, 2012, 09:30:29 AM »
I have a 5D2 and 7D. I spent about $100 including shipping.
Personally, don't change your order. The 50mm 1.8 is a great little lens and an awesome addition to your lens collection.

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Re: 40 Shorty Test Shots
« Reply #96 on: July 04, 2012, 01:32:47 PM »
I wasn't really crazy about this lens at first....until I tried one at the store about a week ago. Took some test shots and scrutinized them upon arriving back home. I especially loved its small size. I had to pick one up immediately (well, ordered it so I can avoid paying tax  ;) ) Should be here later this week.

A great little lens that allows you to be inconspicuous and avoid attracting the attention that a bigger lens often gets....without sacrificing quality. Obviously it doesn't quite hold up to my 35L in terms of performance, speed or sharpness but can't expect it to for only $200. But you get maybe 75-80% of its performance from 2.8 onward in a package 1/3 of the size.

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« Reply #96 on: July 04, 2012, 01:32:47 PM »

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Re: 40 Shorty Test Shots
« Reply #97 on: July 04, 2012, 03:51:32 PM »
I have a 5D2 and 7D. I spent about $100 including shipping.
Personally, don't change your order. The 50mm 1.8 is a great little lens and an awesome addition to your lens collection.

50 f/1.8 - shame about the nasty bokeh though - just look at those round christmas lights
It's a cheap lens, but once the bokeh is tamed it's a great lens for the money.


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Re: 40 Shorty Test Shots
« Reply #98 on: July 04, 2012, 03:54:01 PM »
Those 50 f/1.8 bokeh nasties are not present with the shorty forty

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Re: 40 Shorty Test Shots
« Reply #99 on: July 04, 2012, 03:55:51 PM »
Those 50 f/1.8 bokeh nasties are not present with the shorty forty
It can be a little harsh at times, but the bokeh balls are nice and round:


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Re: 40 Shorty Test Shots
« Reply #100 on: July 04, 2012, 05:40:08 PM »
I rented it over the weekend and loved the portability. I never took it off center focus (with 5DmkII or 5Dc), but everything was plenty sharp, and the colors were great. It's true there is some considerable vignetting wide open, but not unattractive or unfixable. I did notice darker exposures than I'm used to, but just increased the compensation.  I was really impressed that the lens produced no lens flare, even shooting into the sun basically. Here are some random samples (from my sister's wedding rehearsal) all at f2.8 with zero editing. I'll be buying this lens soon.

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Re: 40 Shorty Test Shots
« Reply #101 on: July 04, 2012, 06:27:16 PM »
Those 50 f/1.8 bokeh nasties are not present with the shorty forty

yeah from what i've seen shorty forty bokeh looks remarkabley similar to the vaunted 70-200 f2.8L IS II
which i think no one will dispute has stellar bokeh
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Re: 40 Shorty Test Shots
« Reply #102 on: July 04, 2012, 09:14:03 PM »
I rented it over the weekend and loved the portability....I'll be buying this lens soon.

Thanks for sharing stipotle. Looks like the lens is quite capable!
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Re: 40 Shorty Test Shots
« Reply #103 on: July 05, 2012, 03:46:07 AM »
From the looks of these shots, the shorty forty looks like a great lens.  I'd buy one if I didn't already have a 50 1.4.
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Re: 40 Shorty Test Shots
« Reply #104 on: July 05, 2012, 11:20:00 AM »
What it came down to for me was it is a logical replacement to the 35 f/2. I wouldn't say that for the 50 1.4. I'm not a fan of the micro USM but I am now officially done with the noisy buzzing hunting old school AF of the 35 f/w and it's cousins. As for IQ and sharpness it's too soon to tell but it seems like a wash.

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Re: 40 Shorty Test Shots
« Reply #104 on: July 05, 2012, 11:20:00 AM »