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Canon 40mm f2.8 Pancake quick and dirty review (with lots of pics, 100% crops)

 
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Jul 07, 2012 10:03 |  #1

It's been years since I've gotten truly excited about a Canon lens release, but I've been watching the Pancake since the minute (yes, I stayed up late for the official Canon announcement), it was officially revealed.

Today, I bought a copy of it and I absolutely love it...here are some first impressions, pictures and other musings.

First off, I tried 3 lenses, as the first two seemed to back-focus a little bit. Not a huge amount, nothing a bit of MA can't take care of, but I wanted it to be PERFECT. Sadly, the shop owner was incredibly rude, and I had to almost get into a fight with him to try the third one (despite showing him pictures of what was going on, and showing him that it wasn't my body, as the 100 f2 I had with me focused perfectly). Anyways...I got a killer sharp copy:

All images unedited in any way, SOOC, (unless otherwise noted). Taken with a 5D Classic, handheld, no MLU, no remote, etc...

Standard battery test (batteries about 1-2 cm apart, 45* angle in a line, focus on second from left), f2.8, ISO 100:

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100% crop:

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These pictures showed me more than just the fact that this lens is VERY sharp. As you can tell, there are a few things that would make other lenses (such as the 85 1.8) scream with purple Chromatic Abberation: around the chrome top of the battery and around the black and blue letters on the white background many lenses exhibit some form of CA, especially wide open. As you can see, there's absolutely NOTHING here. It's incredibly clean, despite the fact that the lighting was rather harsh. Further, the background bokeh, while not nearly as nice as on my 100 f2, is pleasing and smooth. Lastly, contrast is surprisingly high, despite being wide open. I couldn't really ask for more!

Real-world sharpness is...well out of this world. I haven't had time yet (and I had my 16-35L II at home), but I'm going to throw this lens up against the L and see how it fares, but I have a feeling it'll do rather well.

I don't have time to post my into-the-light pictures, but I haven't managed to get this little guy to flare at all yet, so no worries on that front.

Shot from the roof of my friend's building...f6.3 ISO 100 ...note not only the sharpness, but the crisp contrast and awesome colours!

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100% crops, including corners:

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It's absolutely ridiculously sharp. There was one part of the image where you can see the shadow of a wire clothes drier inside that building.

Playing air hockey in Korea! :) Just a quick test picture (tiny bit of motion blur, I think) at f2.8, ISO 400...the colours/contrast on this lens are amazing!

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And for the fun of it...two extremely mildly edited pictures...this one is a pano from my friend's rooftop (no sharpening, like 2% contrast and a tiny bit of shadow/highlights adjustment and I think 1% saturation added)

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And last...just messing around in my friend's apartment building...I absolutely LOVE this FL...not too wide, but not too long either...zero regrets buying this little thing:

f2.8, ISO 1600

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I'll have more pictures, but it's midnight here, and I want to get to bed so I can get a good day's worth of wandering/shooting in tomorrow (30 degrees and sunshine? Bring it on!!) Hope this helps you guys! ...if you're on the fence about it...get it! You won't be disappointed. This lens gets compared to the 50 1.8 a lot...they're not even in the same league. The Nifty is soft and weak (low contrast, etc) wide open and is built like a Fisher Price toy. This lens looks and feels like a real lens and performs top-notch right from 2.8 on. I got it for less than the US retail price ($192 out the door!)...and it's the best money I've spent on photography in a long time.

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Jul 07, 2012 10:09 |  #2

Thanks for posting.

Hey, any chance we can see what it looks like on the camera? Also, do you have a crop sensor that you can use as well?

I'm pretty excited too (although where I live it will be tough to find for a long time).


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Jul 07, 2012 10:13 |  #3

No worries, hope some can find it useful! :)

Sorry, I don't have a cropper anymore. I'll take a pic of it on the camera tomorrow (or at least I'll try if I have enough time, hoping to bum around Busan for most of the day), but for now I have to hit the hay!.

If the FL works for you, you won't be disappointed with this lens!


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Jul 07, 2012 10:17 |  #4

I bet it looks stealth on the camera.


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Jul 07, 2012 11:00 as a reply to  @ MikeFairbanks's post |  #5

Crossposted from another thread: ,some shots of it on the 5D3:

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Jul 07, 2012 15:50 as a reply to  @ darosk's post |  #6

Wow, that would be a great lens for stealth mode. You could walk around all day firing off shots and no one would ever know

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Jul 08, 2012 23:43 |  #7
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Nice review. I wonder if I made the right choice getting this over x100 for travel purposes :) we’ll see and find out tomorrow when it comes in...


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Jul 09, 2012 09:26 |  #8

More shots of the lens on my camera bodies here...along with discussion about the hood...

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Jul 09, 2012 09:28 |  #9

Darosk, thanks for those photos of it on the body.




  
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Jul 09, 2012 09:41 |  #10

My pleasure.


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Jul 09, 2012 22:52 |  #11

Wow


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Jul 09, 2012 23:06 |  #12

I bought 40mm lens over one week. I have 3 times focus problem. The focus totally no function. I try turn off & turn on. But now working. Until release the lens and put in back. The focus is working again. Anyone with same problems?


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Jul 09, 2012 23:29 |  #13

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I bought 40mm lens over one week. I have 3 times focus problem. The focus totally no function. I try turn off & turn on. But now working. Until release the lens and put in back. The focus is working again. Anyone with same problems?


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Jul 10, 2012 05:04 |  #14

darosk wrote in post #14683443 (external link)
Crossposted from another thread: ,some shots of it on the 5D3:

Wow, doesn't look much bigger than the body cap:D.


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Jul 17, 2012 21:46 |  #15

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Wow, doesn't look much bigger than the body cap:D.

And doesn't weigh much more either ;)


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