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Jul 05, 2012 20:39 |  #1

After prowling all the images I could find on Flickr, and after reading a batch of reviews and statements on a few forum sites, I picked up my copy today.

Although I've got that focal length covered with 2 different zooms, neither is quite as quick. Although I am NOT too interested in it's low-light capability, I am curious about it's bokeh.

Using a crop body (7D), I know it's a bit long for the "traditional" walk-around lens, but I think it'll be fine for general photography, and maybe a really good idea for head shots, short-distance close-focus stuff like flowers, bugs, and still life.

For the pretty cheap price, I think it'll be an enjoyable addition to the bag.

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Jul 05, 2012 21:51 |  #2

How fast does it focus on your 7D. The 40mm pancake has the same auto focus drive as my old 135mm f/2.8 Soft Focus lens which, while isn't exactly lethargic, is certainly not a speed demon...

It seems that matching the newest focus technology in a camera body with the old type auto focus in a lens is not a great idea!


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Jul 05, 2012 22:02 |  #3

Doesn't seem to be a problem, just hacking around inside. I've been shooting randomly with/without the onboard flash, and frankly, haven't noticed any difference, having done the same sort of random shooting with virtually every one of my lenses. I did notice that it's pretty quiet, and that it seems to be pretty sharp wide open, although I haven't done any extensive evaluation yet.

I did buy a cheap Zeikos petal-style hood with it, and the body/grip/lens combo looks less truncated with the hood, as well as offering some protection and glare reduction.

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Jul 05, 2012 22:33 |  #4

RPCrowe wrote in post #14676592 (external link)
How fast does it focus on your 7D. The 40mm pancake has the same auto focus drive as my old 135mm f/2.8 Soft Focus lens which, while isn't exactly lethargic, is certainly not a speed demon...

It seems that matching the newest focus technology in a camera body with the old type auto focus in a lens is not a great idea!

how is it the same as the 135SF?...i thought it was a new STM motor....

doesn't buying a hood for the pancake defeat the whole purpose of the pancake?...i mean if you're going to double the size of the lens, why not pick up a 35 f2 instead...


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Jul 05, 2012 22:40 |  #5

DreDaze wrote in post #14676753 (external link)
how is it the same as the 135SF?...i thought it was a new STM motor....
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He's confused. He's made that same incorrect claim several times.


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Jul 05, 2012 22:51 |  #6

Yeah, sticking a hood on it DOES make it protrude further, but...it's stuck on a gripped 7D, which isn't exactly a "stealth" configuration, anyway. The body/grip/lens/hood combo is balanced pretty well, it's connected to my hand with a Herringbone hand-strap, doesn't feel clumsy, and is quick to aim, focus, and shoot.

Using a crop body, I'm also defeating the purpose of using it as a "normal" lens, utilizing it's 64mm focal length as a quite usable general purpose lens. I've bought and sold lots of lenses, have a group of 8 lenses I've settled on, and experiment with new configurations for different purposes all the time. That's part of the fun of having the gear!

As far as the STM motor, I've never had a lens with this type of motor, and can't speak coherently about it, except to say that it's pretty quick, and pretty quiet.

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Jul 05, 2012 23:19 |  #7

post a shot of it with the hood on, i'm wondering what it looks like




  
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Jul 06, 2012 01:45 |  #8

rick_reno wrote in post #14676925 (external link)
post a shot of it with the hood on, i'm wondering what it looks like

+1 me too!


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Jul 06, 2012 02:50 |  #9

+2 want pics with the hood...how much was the hood?


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Jul 06, 2012 03:36 |  #10

msowsun wrote in post #14677480 (external link)
Here is a post from another thread showing the hood installed. https://photography-on-the.net …p?p=14658832#po​st14658832

That looks like the flat Canon hood, not the petal-shaped Zeikos the OP is talking about...


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Jul 06, 2012 03:39 |  #11

msowsun wrote in post #14677480 (external link)
Here is a post from another thread showing the hood installed. https://photography-on-the.net …p?p=14658832#po​st14658832

i must say, if the purpose of lens hoods are for glare reduction ...

my ears would do a better job reducing glare than that tiny hood :lol:


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Jul 06, 2012 04:09 |  #12

LowriderS10 wrote in post #14677490 (external link)
That looks like the flat Canon hood, not the petal-shaped Zeikos the OP is talking about...

Oops! My mistake. :o


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Jul 06, 2012 04:25 |  #13

Don Madson wrote in post #14676246 (external link)
Using a crop body (7D), I know it's a bit long for the "traditional" walk-around lens, but I think it'll be fine for general photography, and maybe a really good idea for head shots, short-distance close-focus stuff like flowers, bugs, and still life.

For the pretty cheap price, I think it'll be an enjoyable addition to the bag.

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Exactly how i feel about it on my 60D. I quite like the fact that its small, but i get a bit more magnification. I tried it on my mates 5DII and felt it was lacking a bit of reach.
For wider stuff i have my 15-85IS anyway.

I dont think this lens needs, or benefits from a hood. Ive shot outdoors in very bright sunlight, and last night i was shooting with lights on all side of me and no real flare to speak off, certainly none that silly little Canon hood would stop.
Saying that, i will be getting one as i dont like having lens caps on, i prefer to have the camera ready to shoot so if it protects the front element when the camera is in my bag then ill get one.


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Jul 06, 2012 06:42 |  #14

I'm a little paranoid about bumping my gear, so I imagine the hood gives me a little "crash" protection. Probably not a lot of flare protection, either. I like hoods. I'll post a few pictures this evening.

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Jul 06, 2012 06:45 |  #15

After my last post i remembered that the hood attached to the lens barrel. Now im not so sure if ill bother.
There have been reports about the AF stopping if the barrel is pushed in. we are trying to see if its a certain batch but so far around 5-6 of us has had it happen to at least once, so it could be a design fault.
Im careful not to push the barrel but not sure having pressure against the hood when its in my bag is a good thing.

I look forward to seeing the pictures though.


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