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Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake

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Review Date: Mar 4, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $150.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: light, sharp wide open at 2.8, quiet, fairly accurate colors
Cons:
colors are a bit bland, no particularly special elements to correct for aberrations.

This is a fantastic little lens! It's not the fastest lens out there in this range (50mm f1.8, 1.4, 35mm f2) but it more than makes for it in size. Camera shake is kept to a minimal because this lens is so small, flat and light. I can easily get 1/10 of a second still shots with this lens at F2.8 and still get incredible results!

The only thing I don't really like is the colors being comparable to the 50mm f1.8ii. They are a bit bland and too neutral for my taste, it usually needs a bit of sprucing up in post.

For a more detailed review and lots of example photos, check out my review of it on my website Smile

http://crashcoursephotography.com/canon-40mm-f2-8-pancake-primes/


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Jan 27, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: suprisingly sharp starting at f2.8
Cons:
soft from 1.4-2.0

very sharp!

 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Feb 10, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Colours are saturated and contrasty, very solid build, not as big as you'd think it'd be. Pretty sharp at F2.8, very sharp from F4 and beyond.
Cons:
None that I can think of right now!

Like many people, I read through countless reviews and studied pages and pages of pictures tagged with Canon 24-70mm on Flickr, Smugmug etc before buying due to mixed reviews. But I bit the bullet and bought this beast to go with my 30D. I already had the 20mm f2.8, 28mm f1.8 and the 50mm f1.4, but i was tired of switching lenses at events, that and the 20mm F2.8 was crummy, but the other two were awesome lenses and I was afraid to part with them to finace the zoom but I'm glad I did.

Maybe I got a good copy?? But definately worthy of L quality, usually the widest aperature isn't quite usuable on most lenses (like my 20 f2,8 which was sharp starting at f6.3?!), but 2.8 on this lense is very sharp already, by 4 it's amazing. Focusing it super fast, Heavy but solid and balanced. Needs steadier hands to take shots, but that can be perfected with practice. Shots are contrasty and saturated, I love it!

It's not as sharp as my 50mm f1.4 was, but the colours are much nicer.