40/2.8 is very good
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stanj
Registered: Aug 05, 2003
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Country: United States

surf monkey wrote:
For all the naysayers who couldn't understand who would buy this lens, there seems to be a lot of happy first adopters on FM. I guess it illustrates the adage, "to each his own". After all the negativity lately on the latest Canon gear, I'm happy to see all the satisfied users. I might just have to try one.


I am one of those happy owners. I am also one of those happy owners who still don't know what to do with it, other than adore it



thedigitalbean
Registered: Jun 24, 2005
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Country: United States

Like Stan, I am also one of those happy owners. I did some landscape shooting with it this weekend and though the resolution drops off at the edges/corners and on high contrast edges you can see some CA, I'm finding that with some careful post processing (mostly spatially varying sharpening) superb large prints can be made with this lens.

For me, because of its tiny size and good optics, it will be a lens I will just pop into the bag along with the 70-200 and 24/17 TS-E in a landscape bag. Why not the 35 or 50? <shrug> I dunno, I think like Stan I'm just trying to find a use for it



Jeff Nolten
Registered: Sep 06, 2006
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I'm wondering how it compares to the 35 f2 optically. It seems to fill the same niche. Here is my 35 f2 at f2.8:



jamato8
Registered: Dec 24, 2005
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Country: United States

Sometimes you don't want the extra bulk. I have been using to on my 5DII and 7D, and it makes for a nice compact SLR and it focusses fairly close as well.

These were taken with the 7D at ISO 640 and the 40mm.



RDDave
Registered: Jan 07, 2010
Total Posts: 81
Country: Canada

Hi everyone,

I'm really happy with mine. My girlfriend bought me one as an early birthday present :-) !!!!
Anyway, here's a couple taken with the 1DmkIII of a couple of dancers practicing for the recent Canada Day celebrations. It's sharp wide open and the colours are really nice.
Dave



thedigitalbean
Registered: Jun 24, 2005
Total Posts: 6245
Country: United States

Here's a landscape image with the 40:



You can view the full resolution Zoomify'd version here:

http://www.cgl.uwaterloo.ca/~akrishna/images/upper_multnomah/upper_multnomah.html



abqnmusa
Registered: May 11, 2006
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Country: United States

thedigitalbean, that is an excellent waterfall shot




stanj
Registered: Aug 05, 2003
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Country: United States

thedigitalbean wrote:
Here's a landscape image with the 40:


You went on vacation again?!?



thedigitalbean
Registered: Jun 24, 2005
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Country: United States

abqnmusa wrote:
thedigitalbean, that is an excellent waterfall shot


Thanks abqnmusa.

Stan, yep, got a 5 day long weekend from work so went on a road trip to Oregon, figuring it will be the last of its kind for a some time.



stanj
Registered: Aug 05, 2003
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Well, you certainly did better than I did! Good for you.



jamato8
Registered: Dec 24, 2005
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Country: United States

Going out with my 70-200 II and to be able to throw in this 40 in the bag, pocket and knowing it is a pretty sharp lens, makes for a great option.



tanglefoot47
Registered: Oct 12, 2004
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Country: United States

jamato8 wrote:
Going out with my 70-200 II and to be able to throw in this 40 in the bag, pocket and knowing it is a pretty sharp lens, makes for a great option.



YUP



gocolts
Registered: Feb 18, 2010
Total Posts: 813
Country: United States

tanglefoot47 wrote:
jamato8 wrote:
Going out with my 70-200 II and to be able to throw in this 40 in the bag, pocket and knowing it is a pretty sharp lens, makes for a great option.



YUP


Funny you guys mention that combo- I went out this afternoon on a long walk with my daughter and my 70-200 II in a Think Tank digital holster over my shoulder, and the 40 2.8 in the little zipper pocket on the side of it- worked great for the wider shots I wanted, and still enabled me to travel light and easy.

Before the 40 2.8, such focal range would have either required me to carry two bigger and heavier lenses, or take the slower but usable 35-350L with me. The 40mm 2.8 gives me so many more options for being out and about and still having great IQ in a lightweight package over my shoulder.



Yakim Peled
Registered: Nov 18, 2004
Total Posts: 16903
Country: Israel

thedigitalbean wrote:
Why not the 35 or 50? <shrug> I dunno, I think like Stan I'm just trying to find a use for it


I'm sure you'll come up with something.

Happy shooting,
Yakim.



EOS20
Registered: Mar 06, 2005
Total Posts: 13638
Country: Australia

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-40mm-f-2.8-STM-Pancake-Lens-Review.aspx



David Baldwin
Registered: Jun 28, 2007
Total Posts: 2834
Country: United Kingdom

Goodness I am very very tempted to get this new lens.

It represents a direction that I wish Canon would continue with. Affordable, interesting and sharp. Now, where's a nice new Canon 50mm built to the same standards as this 40mm? I live in hope.



onegreatcity
Registered: Feb 07, 2010
Total Posts: 1381
Country: Canada

I just received my 40mm yesterday and had time this evening for a quick test drive. Wow! Very happy! Sharp, lovely colours with great contrast. Obviously it's size is an asset for unobtrusive walk-abouts. Full retail in Canada was $229 plus taxes so it felt like a no-brainer decision. If you can find one used (I think I saw one on the b & s for $175 USD) do not hesitate. All shot wide open on a 5d2 except for the Viking, which was stopped down to f/7.1.



skyisland
Registered: Oct 21, 2010
Total Posts: 129
Country: Germany

jamato8 wrote:
Sometimes you don't want the extra bulk. I have been using to on my 5DII and 7D, and it makes for a nice compact SLR and it focusses fairly close as well.

These were taken with the 7D at ISO 640 and the 40mm.


Wow Gila Monster! I once saw a dead one on the side of the street but never one that was alive. Are you somewhere in the desert of Cali? Aren't they extremely poisonous?



Ralph Conway
Registered: Jul 31, 2008
Total Posts: 3855
Country: Germany

It looks like a perfect street lens. Guess I need one for my own ...



RobDickinson
Registered: Sep 25, 2009
Total Posts: 3471
Country: New Zealand

I have one on loan from canon and I'm seriously impressed.



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