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p.2 #1 · Months later..what are 40 2.8 owners thinking?


I really like the lens on my 1d2. It's almost always on it. Just got the lens back today with new firmware, but the issues (no AF any more) was really minor (happend 2-3 times in a 3-4 months).


Sep 22, 2012 at 07:29 PM
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I like it a fair bit but it's not an L prime :-) It's great value IMO at $200 but it's also not especially fast. It's pretty sharp and yeah the AF is pretty decent (on a 7D anyway). The 2 reasons I got it [First time I have ever pre-ordered] were 1) The size and 2) The price..... I would not have spend much more for it and I would not have got it if it was bigger because I have the 50f1.4 and would just use it instead. I would obviously prefer that it was f2 but it literally fits in my pocket - and I don't mean like a 24-70L fits in your pocket :-)

Bottom line, it's not going to fit a lot of people but some of us who want something decent and small it's real hard to beat.



Sep 22, 2012 at 07:54 PM
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p.2 #3 · Months later..what are 40 2.8 owners thinking?


robstein wrote:
and I don't mean like a 24-70L fits in your pocket. .


That could get you arrested in some states!

He helped "create legislation ..... making it a misdemeanor to be seen in public in a “discernible turgid state.”




Sep 22, 2012 at 08:06 PM
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p.2 #4 · Months later..what are 40 2.8 owners thinking?


EB-1 wrote:
Is it possible to use a filter, hood and lens cap together?

EBH


They can attach... filter first, hood second, cap third. This will just add bulk to the lens and defeat the purpose (imho). For me, the hood offers just enough protection to keep my fingers away from the glass as I tend to manual focus after the fact... especially w/ the 5DII who's average AF leaves me a bit flat.

This lens has become my street/village lens during my more normal nature travels. It's unassuming, quick enough and just fast enough to capture people w/out being in their face. The hood is so small that many will think it a waste (money grab?), for others it will be a necessity.
cheers,
bruce



Sep 22, 2012 at 08:20 PM
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p.2 #5 · Months later..what are 40 2.8 owners thinking?


I meant with a polarizer. I'd probably dispense with the hood first if it does not block much light.

EBH



Sep 22, 2012 at 09:17 PM
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p.2 #6 · Months later..what are 40 2.8 owners thinking?


It's still cute, and I still wonder when to use it.


Sep 22, 2012 at 09:20 PM
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p.2 #7 · Months later..what are 40 2.8 owners thinking?


Yeah, I could see it in the bag and never used.

EBH



Sep 22, 2012 at 10:09 PM
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p.2 #8 · Months later..what are 40 2.8 owners thinking?


Great little lens. Sharp, light in weight and sharp.


Sep 23, 2012 at 01:27 AM
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p.2 #9 · Months later..what are 40 2.8 owners thinking?


I find it a fun walk around lens on the 5d2, sharper corners and smoother bokeh than I remember from my old 35 f/2 (although I really liked that lens). Its almost like there is no lens on the camera!

f/2.8 on 5d2....



Sep 23, 2012 at 01:47 AM
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p.2 #10 · Months later..what are 40 2.8 owners thinking?


That's the biggest thing for me too...the size. The camera is so small and light with that lens on there. You can bring it anywhere with you. My 40D will even fit in a cargo pocket with that lens on, though its pretty heavy to carry that way. Sharper, better color than the 50 1.8, and better OOF highlights too. Slower, yes, but IMO for portraits in the 'normal' realm this is a better lens than the 50 1.8.

-Brian



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p.2 #11 · Months later..what are 40 2.8 owners thinking?


EB-1 wrote:
Is it possible to use a filter, hood and lens cap together?

EBH


I have a bunch of 3rd party pinch center caps that I bought on ebay a few weeks back. They work great. My 40mm and all my other Canon lenses now have them. A filter is no issue now.



Sep 23, 2012 at 02:31 AM
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I use the lens a lot, basically, it replaced the 24-70 f/2.8.


Same here. I forgot the last time I've used 24-70. 40mm is one fine lens.



Sep 23, 2012 at 05:45 PM
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stanj wrote:
It's still cute, and I still wonder when to use it.


I'm heading to back to visit my folks in NYC, I'll use as a city lens... Also, when shooting wildlife with my other body, I'm always wishing I had a body and lens hanging off me for quiet moments or to capture the general landscape. I plan/hope to use the lens during these times.

I'm a nature shooter and my bag tends to have a long lens mounted to a 7D. Because I like a smaller backpack (Thinktank Streetwalker HD), I can't keep my 5DII attached to a lens, as the 7D + tele takes up the space. I can now pack the 5D w/ the 40 attached, as this lens is barely thicker than a body cap. This will allow me to grab and shoot during fleeting opportunities.

bruce



Sep 23, 2012 at 07:31 PM
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p.2 #14 · Months later..what are 40 2.8 owners thinking?


It makes my 1D3 into a pocket camera...


Sep 23, 2012 at 11:52 PM
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p.2 #15 · Months later..what are 40 2.8 owners thinking?


I think it is great, not exactly up to L in color and contrast but very close. For sure better than 50/1.4 for example on this.









Sep 24, 2012 at 12:07 AM
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p.2 #16 · Months later..what are 40 2.8 owners thinking?


Still enjoying mine.


Sep 24, 2012 at 03:25 AM
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p.2 #17 · Months later..what are 40 2.8 owners thinking?


this lens is so good it makes me wonder about the 24 f/2.8 and 28 f/2.8 that absolutely nobody is buying because the prices are absurd

i mean on paper this 40 doesn't seem to be anything *that* special, but if canon is working this kind of mojo with their new glass i'm curious how other new lenses are performing



Sep 24, 2012 at 03:35 AM
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p.2 #18 · Months later..what are 40 2.8 owners thinking?


A 40mm pancake is a simpler design than a retrofocus lens with floating elements and IS to boot.

EBH



Sep 24, 2012 at 03:38 AM
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p.2 #19 · Months later..what are 40 2.8 owners thinking?



and by the way... when you do manual focusing 40mm, you are not doing it thru mechanical gears or some helical linkage it's all elctronics. Just like when you do manual focusing on FUJI X100.



Sep 24, 2012 at 10:29 AM
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p.2 #20 · Months later..what are 40 2.8 owners thinking?


goosemang wrote:
i mean on paper this 40 doesn't seem to be anything *that* special,



Are you shooting with specs or with lens? There is tons of samples providing enough info about, lens is very good.



Sep 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM
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