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p.9 #1 · p.9 #1 · 40/2.8 is very good


Daan B wrote:
Great shot... but I can do that with my 24-105L as well. And what do you mean by better? The 50's are faster than 2.8.


With better I mean that its better overall, in all aspects. Its sharp and optically very good at all apertures (distortion, CA etc). AF performance is also very nice, accurate, fast enough, quiet. Build quality is very good too. Its a great value. The 50mm f1.4 I use only when I need f2. Its optically very good above that but the AF is inconsistent, needs an update asap! I also use the 2.5 macro quite a bit but at f8. At f2.5 its not that good, has some CA and its not that sharp. That changes at f5.6-f11 where it is awesome. The 50 1.2L is awesome in the Center but not across the whole frame and its heavy and expensive. Great for low light people shots but not as a multi purpose 50. Very expensive obviously.

The 24-105 is very good and versatile. With LR4 you can correct most of its optical deficiencies but you you loose some resolution in the process at the wider angles but at 40mm it should be negligible. Its a stop slower though (although IS helps) and a heavier/larger lens for a wide range of situations.

http://www.photozone.de/canon_eos_ff/752-canon_40_28_ff?start=2



Jun 29, 2012 at 04:28 AM
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Sneakyracer wrote:
With better I mean that its better overall, in all aspects. Its sharp and optically very good at all apertures (distortion, CA etc). AF performance is also very nice, accurate, fast enough, quiet. Build quality is very good too. Its a great value. The 50mm f1.4 I use only when I need f2. Its optically very good above that but the AF is inconsistent, needs an update asap! I also use the 2.5 macro quite a bit but at f8. At f2.5 its not that good, has some CA and its not that sharp. That changes at f5.6-f11 where it
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Thanks for the insights. Like I said, I think it is a great lens. But since it is a 2.8 lens, I am in doubt wether it is a suitable addition for still photography only. I mean, compared to all the other fast primes Canon is making (L and non-L). Fortunately Canon has kept it's price relatively low and gave the lens good IQ. It is small too, but that is of little concern to me. But besides that, I am really curious how it will work with video AF compatible bodies.



Jun 29, 2012 at 06:49 AM
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p.9 #3 · p.9 #3 · 40/2.8 is very good


Got the pancake today. I must say for $200 it's quite wonderful from an IQ perspective.

Now I just need to figure out what to do with it, other than admiring its cuteness



Jun 29, 2012 at 06:50 AM
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p.9 #4 · p.9 #4 · 40/2.8 is very good


BIC.... ROTFL.


Jun 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM
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p.9 #5 · p.9 #5 · 40/2.8 is very good


Could this be the beginning of the lenses for the mirrorless camera? Look at how unproportional it looks when paired with a 1D series camera. :-) I know it's still a sharp lens no matter what. Just food for thought.


Jun 29, 2012 at 01:06 PM
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p.9 #6 · p.9 #6 · 40/2.8 is very good


mattbru wrote:
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/standard_display/Lens_Advantage_Perf#usm (click STM if it doesn't take you to that section)

"The EF 40mm f/2.8 STM utilizes a gear-type that allows the lens to achieve an ultra-compact and lightweight design; whereas the EF-S 18135mm f/3.55.6 IS STM uses a lead-screw type, which prioritizes AF performance, offering the smoothest and quietest operation."

Just like there are a few types of USM, there are a few types of STM.



Great. And it has improved optics as well. I might like it.

Happy shooting,
Yakim.



Jun 29, 2012 at 07:26 PM
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p.9 #7 · p.9 #7 · 40/2.8 is very good


These are a little soft since I was @ F22, but i think its amazing how well it holds up!








Jun 30, 2012 at 03:01 AM
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p.9 #8 · p.9 #8 · 40/2.8 is very good


I'm in a wheelchair so I have to limit what I can carry with me and am thinking that when I only bring a long lens to shoot sports that maybe I can toss this little lens in my fanny pack (which is also a gun holster) and always have a lens with me for group shots. I wasn't sure what this lens was all about and thought at first it was more like a novelty lens like a lensbaby but after seeing these images I can see this little lens means business and would be worth the 200 bucks. Think I'll order me one when B&H opens tomorrow.


Jun 30, 2012 at 12:21 PM
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p.9 #9 · p.9 #9 · 40/2.8 is very good


A few snap shots from the week-end.

Focus seemed a bit slow under low light, but I bet it is more to do with my body (5D MK II) than the lens.
It is weird not having a focus scale.
I'm not used to fly by wire focus. i.e. no power, no focus.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7126/7476100132_f2afd94d04_z.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7247/7476099826_eaeaa49304_z.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8011/7476099092_f1f6ca23ec_z.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8010/7476099412_5246809179_z.jpg






Jul 01, 2012 at 02:14 AM
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p.9 #10 · p.9 #10 · 40/2.8 is very good


just checking in on this thread to mention again that this lens is ridiculously good

it's got the "it factor"

can't believe it was $200



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p.9 #11 · p.9 #11 · 40/2.8 is very good


Those are nice and I placed my order today. A good lens that will stay with me wherever I go, either on me or in my car and can't beat that price.


Jul 01, 2012 at 01:37 PM
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p.9 #12 · p.9 #12 · 40/2.8 is very good



untitled by mariosworld343, on Flickr



Jul 01, 2012 at 05:37 PM
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p.9 #13 · p.9 #13 · 40/2.8 is very good


What better way to capture a flat face than with a flat lens?
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7118/7480664732_0ea15f4f58_c.jpg



Jul 01, 2012 at 05:47 PM
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p.9 #14 · p.9 #14 · 40/2.8 is very good


Yes samples here look excellent. I guess I will get one for "everyday street" as soon as possible.

Ralph



Jul 01, 2012 at 06:27 PM
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p.9 #15 · p.9 #15 · 40/2.8 is very good


I bought one of these and was wondering if anyone else has any weird issues with it...mine doesn't always try to focus on anything when I turn on my camera. Like, I have it attached to a 5D Mark II, camera powers on, autofocus doesn't work even though switch is on AF. Flipping the switch doesn't fix it, but unmounting and remounting the lens fixes it.

That being said, I like the image quality, weight, and size. It seems to also work for infrared photos. When I get back home, I'll pixel peep for hot spots, but at quick glance, I don't see any.



Jul 01, 2012 at 07:01 PM
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p.9 #16 · p.9 #16 · 40/2.8 is very good


Well I ordered one. I want to have a compact lens on a body if I am justing hiking or walking around. I would use it professionally as well if it fits the need. Seems it would be nice on the 7D with all of the 7D features, though I don't use it much as I prefer full frame and only use full frame for my professional stuff, most of the time. But again, this nice compact lens seems like a nice thing to have.

Now I wish that I had GPS in camera for some of my work.



Jul 01, 2012 at 09:55 PM
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p.9 #17 · p.9 #17 · 40/2.8 is very good


Got mine yesterday. This thing is very sharp. Here is a f/2.8 sample on my 5Dc:

http://horshack.smugmug.com/Nature/Lake-Tahoe/i-Cc6QVDM/0/XL/tahoe740-XL.jpg

And 100% crop from the same photo:
http://horshack.smugmug.com/photos/i-GV5MBL6/0/O/i-GV5MBL6-O.jpg




Jul 01, 2012 at 11:22 PM
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p.9 #18 · p.9 #18 · 40/2.8 is very good


I like the 5Dc. The background blur looks strange. What f stop is this?



Jul 02, 2012 at 12:04 AM
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p.9 #19 · p.9 #19 · 40/2.8 is very good


jamato8 wrote:
I like the 5Dc. The background blur looks strange. What f stop is this?

It was wide-open at f/2.8. It's a busy background that probably wouldn't render well on any lens.



Jul 02, 2012 at 12:27 AM
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p.9 #20 · p.9 #20 · 40/2.8 is very good


Nice and sharp for wide open. I look forward to receiving mine.


Jul 02, 2012 at 12:43 AM
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