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Falcon16 12-16-2012 09:27 PM

Debating on getting a 40mm STM
 
Hey guys,

so like the title says I'm debating getting a 40mm 2.8 pancake lens. I already own a 50mm 1.8 a 70-210 F4 a 28-105 USM II and a 18-55 kit lens. I'm wondering if anyone has any real world experience with the shorty forty. I've seen review videos but they are shooting usually very high end full frame stuff and I've got an XTi so I want to know how the 40 will perform on an APS-C sensor. If anyone has any thoughts I'd be welcome to hear em before I drop my $180+ taxes

Kermit 12-16-2012 10:03 PM

It's around a 65mm equivalent on a full frame. Personally, I don't like that focal length that much when there is a 35mm option out there(feels more like a 50 on a full frame) but I've heard its a great travel lens. I'm tempted to pick one up soon actually.

Falcon16 12-16-2012 10:30 PM

a 35mm wouldn't be a bad option either. I've not got tons of funds though. I could potentially wait until tax time and drop more coin on a 35 F2 or something.

EDIT: looking around I've seen 28mm 2.8's for around the same price used as a new 40mm pancake

ballyhoo33 12-19-2012 08:00 AM

My 40mm pancake has lived on my 5DII since I bought it in June of this year. It's compact, relatively fast, makes great images, and...did I say compact?

Here are some early snaps from this lens: Lauren - a set on Flickr . No flash, SOOC with the exception of resizing. I need to upload more photos from this lens. For the price, size and IQ, it's hard not to have this lens.

77monteballer 12-19-2012 09:25 PM

wow... very impressed bally. i might have to pick one up just for fun. i love how non-invasive it is.

Falcon16 12-19-2012 10:36 PM

I've been looking around and brand new they are about $179 or so around here. Funny thing is a used one in 9/10 condition as quoted by Henrys (basically mint they never rate any used stuff 10/10 unless it's open box and that's it) is $99 but they are having an error on their website when I want to add it to the cart so I may have to phone them and order it lol. I'm thinking that if it's as tiny on my XTi as the pics I've seen show it'll just stay on it as it won't protude much farther than the body cap I currently keep installed when not shooting.

madasax 12-20-2012 12:23 AM

I love the size of this lens....I dont own one but just how small it is makes it very practical. I just traded my old 20-105 for a Nifty Fifty today....Back on topic. Best buy lets you try lenses if you bring your body in. Have been thinking of trying out the 40mm at the store just to actually get a hands on.

Those pics are awesome quality and i have a newborn expected in Feb. thats why i snagged a 50 1.8 for portrait quality.

Falcon16 12-20-2012 06:54 AM

good choice on the 50 1.8 if you get a good sharp copy like I did it'll serve you well for quite a well. What I've been hearing the big difference between the 2.8 40mm and the 1.8 50mm is is a well size for one thing with the 40mm being barely longer than a body cap and 2 the fact that wide open it can be absolutely 100% tack sharp with a great bokeh. Granted yes the 1.8 will have a narrower DOF but from the photos I've seen it's not as sharp wide open as the 2.8. Though as someone pointed out at the prices for both lenses just buy both that's what I'm looking at as I already own the nifty fifity now to pair it with a shorty forty for street shooting

Kermit 12-20-2012 11:46 AM

I haven't ever found my 50 f1.8 terribly sharp at f1.8. I normally shoot it at f2.8 anyway, the lowest I normally take it down to is f2.

Falcon16 12-20-2012 03:43 PM

it really depends on the one you get. Some are very sharp at 1.8 most are sharp at 2.8+ some can get really sharp at F2 it really depends. for me I normally shoot it at 2.8 if just using the 50mm focal length for perspective if i'm using it for DOF I shoot at 1.8 or 2.


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