Just trying out the 40mm 2.8 STM

Started Apr 13, 2013 | Photos
sacentre Senior Member • Posts: 1,877
Just trying out the 40mm 2.8 STM
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Just got a 40mm Pankake lens today and have to say I'm very pleased with it. I took a few random shots around Singapore and the lens seems to be very sharp at 100%. These are heavily cropped from the original RAW files. For a $200/- lens, this seems to raise the bar in terms of value for money.

I can't say I fully comprehend the rationale behind Canon's decision to introduce a lens of this focal length when there are better 35mm lenses already in the line up but at this price, who cares?

If, like me, you get a bit tired of lugging around heavy zooms and ocassionaly just want a single, fast and ultra lightweight prime, this is a no brainer.

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OP sacentre Senior Member • Posts: 1,877
Sorry, I meant to say 40mm in the subject line (nt)
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Gearóid Ó Laoi, Garry Lee Veteran Member • Posts: 6,295
Re: Sorry, I meant to say 40mm in the subject line (nt)

There's a similar lens for MFT, the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 and it's dead sharp and fab. I only use this light system for cycletouring. Having one focal length makes you compose and use the most important lens of all, your legs

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Johnyguy Regular Member • Posts: 203
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sacentre wrote:

Just got a 40mm Pankake lens today and have to say I'm very pleased with it. I took a few random shots around Singapore and the lens seems to be very sharp at 100%. These are heavily cropped from the original RAW files. For a $200/- lens, this seems to raise the bar in terms of value for money.

I can't say I fully comprehend the rationale behind Canon's decision to introduce a lens of this focal length when there are better 35mm lenses already in the line up but at this price, who cares?

If, like me, you get a bit tired of lugging around heavy zooms and ocassionaly just want a single, fast and ultra lightweight prime, this is a no brainer.

Looks pretty sharp to me!

AndyMulhearn Contributing Member • Posts: 609
Re: Sorry, I meant to say 40mm in the subject line (nt)

Gearóid Ó Laoi, Garry Lee wrote:

There's a similar lens for MFT, the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 and it's dead sharp and fab. I only use this light system for cycletouring. Having one focal length makes you compose and use the most important lens of all, your legs

I have the 20mm f1.7 with my GX1. My favourite lens on that system. Sharp enough that I have to be careful not to cut myself.

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irm Senior Member • Posts: 2,999
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Detail looks excellent in the screen view.

Why are all your shot done at -0.33ev?

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MOD schmegg Veteran Member • Posts: 5,768
Re: Sorry, I meant to say 40mm in the subject line (nt)

Fixed.

OP sacentre Senior Member • Posts: 1,877
Re: Just trying out the 400mm 2.8 STM

Detail looks excellent in the screen view.

Why are all your shot done at -0.33ev?

Oops! Didn't realise they were. Must have accidentally set that while messing around with the camera.

Thanks.

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Rick Knepper
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Re: Just trying out the 40mm 2.8 STM

sacentre wrote:

Detail looks excellent in the screen view.

Why are all your shot done at -0.33ev?

Oops! Didn't realise they were. Must have accidentally set that while messing around with the camera.

Thanks.

Happens to me occasionally. Especially when switiching from Manual to AvĀ  or Tv whilst doing the same with my Nikon kit that I use at the same time. I bracket every shot so I usually obtain a shot that overcomes the mistake.

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OP sacentre Senior Member • Posts: 1,877
Re: Sorry, I meant to say 40mm in the subject line (nt)

many thanks.

Trevor

schmegg wrote:

Fixed.

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rowlandw Regular Member • Posts: 386
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It turns my 6D into a large point-and-shoot - very convenient and unobtrusive.

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Andreas_F Regular Member • Posts: 493
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I love this little gem. It turns even the 5diii into a small package.

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sacentre wrote:

Just got a 40mm Pankake lens today and have to say I'm very pleased with it. I took a few random shots around Singapore and the lens seems to be very sharp at 100%. These are heavily cropped from the original RAW files. For a $200/- lens, this seems to raise the bar in terms of value for money.

If, like me, you get a bit tired of lugging around heavy zooms and ocassionaly just want a single, fast and ultra lightweight prime, this is a no brainer.

It's thin and light for sure.

I agree with the sharp comment. It is sharp wide open, and has very pleasant bokeh when shooting in close.

I did not read the rest of the comments, so if this has been mentioned, my bad. Focus is real slow in poor light, really slow on a 5DMkII. Fortunately, it is quick enough outdoors and in any reasonable about of light. I was a little worried when I first started testing it in my man cave.

I'm hoping it'll work as an in-close cycling sports lens as well as a sorta fast prime. The idea is to replace a 16-35f/2.8 at the 35mm end. I don't think sports is what it was meant for, but I like a good challenge, and if it works I think it's sharper than my 16-35f/2.8. It's certainly smaller and lighter. Could be nice. Time will tell.

Enjoy

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Spunky8 Contributing Member • Posts: 999
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I totally agree.  Great lens.  With 5d iii, a small package.  It's my main lens now.

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