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| p.1 #3 · Asides from price, why 40mm 2.8 STM over the 35mm 2.0? |
The sizes are comparable, does a centimeter matter here or there? An ounce or two? Being able to have 2.0 is nice. Is the quality of the pancake better than the old 35?
I actually have the 40/pancake, 35/2.0 & 35/1.4...the 40mm is my super compact travel lens. Very sharp across the frame & very good performance over-all. The 35/2.0 has the extra stop of course and even though it is not super sharp wide open, it is sharp in the center and almost as good as the 40 @ 2.8 & above. Still, the differences between the two are marginal...I'd give the 40 the slight edge in size, build quality & IQ and the 35/2 of course is very usable @ f/2.0 for when you need the extra stop. However, that is not enough difference for me to keep both so I have replaced the 35/2.0 with the f/1.4. Now the combo of the 35/1.4 & the 40 is killer I think...one VERY fast & one VERY compact. The 35/2 is still (IMO) a very good & affordable lens that offers a good compromise between size, speed, & price...If you can only afford one, I'd say get the 35/2 but if you can swing both, get the 35/1.4 & the 40. As always, YMMV.