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Ralph Conway
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p.9 #1 · p.9 #1 · 40/2.8 is very good


Addition:
Imo it is a mess, that Canon offers a 1.2 L but no 50mm else that could keep up with IQ any 150$ 50mm lens 25 years ago did (without af, of course). 50mm 1.4 does not. 1.8 does, if you get a good copy. Those lenses should get an "L" or "II" version before a 24 or 28 gets IS.



Jun 28, 2012 at 02:28 PM
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p.9 #2 · p.9 #2 · 40/2.8 is very good


Daan B wrote:
but I can do that with my 24-105L as well


Are you saying you don't want a 40mm pancake because you have a 24-105mm?




Jun 28, 2012 at 02:33 PM
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p.9 #3 · p.9 #3 · 40/2.8 is very good


I am already sure that the 40mm 2.8 has comparable IQ like the 24-105 at 40mm.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=810&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=2&LensComp=355&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=2&APIComp=0

And there is an additional stop at 1/5th of the price.



Jun 28, 2012 at 02:39 PM
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p.9 #4 · p.9 #4 · 40/2.8 is very good


Mike V wrote:
Are you saying you don't want a 40mm pancake because you have a 24-105mm?



No.



Jun 28, 2012 at 07:16 PM
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p.9 #5 · p.9 #5 · 40/2.8 is very good


I just got this lens today and did some brief test shots. Nice lightweight unobtrusive lens. Initial pics look good to me.



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Jun 29, 2012 at 02:03 AM
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p.9 #6 · p.9 #6 · 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 #8 · p.9 #8 · 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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stanj wrote:
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



+1 exactly

Just found a great application I was missing, BIC!






  Canon EOS 5D Mark III    EF40mm f/2.8 STM lens    40mm    f/2.8    1/60s    200 ISO    +0.3 EV  




Jun 29, 2012 at 06:54 AM
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BIC.... ROTFL.


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p.9 #11 · p.9 #11 · 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 #12 · p.9 #12 · 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 #13 · p.9 #13 · 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 #14 · p.9 #14 · 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 #15 · p.9 #15 · 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.






























Jul 01, 2012 at 02:14 AM
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p.9 #16 · p.9 #16 · 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



Jul 01, 2012 at 03:08 AM
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p.9 #17 · p.9 #17 · 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 #18 · p.9 #18 · 40/2.8 is very good



untitled by mariosworld343, on Flickr



Jul 01, 2012 at 05:37 PM
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p.9 #19 · p.9 #19 · 40/2.8 is very good


What better way to capture a flat face than with a flat lens?



Jul 01, 2012 at 05:47 PM
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p.9 #20 · p.9 #20 · 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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