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| p.1 #5 · Canon Pancake 40mm @ F8 V Canon 24-70 11 @ F8 |
I simply love this lens! The rendering is fantastic and it is very sharp wide open. I too wondered would I use it as I prefer flexibility of a zoom however my applications over the last year or so have changed. It is so lightweight and compact, my 5dII now is light and compact, a pleasure to carry around on family events during the day. Being a standard focal length, I find it is usually wide enough and also works for people up close. If I need more zoom, I crop. Wider, I can always stitch however I don't feel limited. I also have been shooting a bunch of film this past 3 years and find that sticking with a single focal length trains me to slow down and think more about composition. I really don't feel limited in about 90% of the situations. Granted, for more important work, or paid work, the 24-70 is my go to lens, but for pleasure, I am opting more and more for the 40. Last wedding I shot, I was getting tired during the reception lugging around the 24-70. I swapped on the 40 and was very surprised. It focused very well in the low light situation, never missing focus. I found for the reception, 40 was a great focal length (in doors, large room, actually an old open air with roof gymnasium). I shot the rest of the night with it and a 50 on a crop body. Anyways, I am rambling. As cheap as it is, the 40 is a no brainer (for me).