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40mm Pancake, or Nifty fifty?

 
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Dec 24, 2012 23:53 |  #16

I had both at the same time, and 50/1.8 is a clear winner.


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Dec 25, 2012 00:12 |  #17

EnsitMike wrote in post #15403992 (external link)
I was stoked about my 40 and thought it was awesome, but I might never use it again haha.

Every time I think about getting one, I realize that I will say exactly this a few weeks after the purchase. The 40mm fits the needs of some people perfectly, but I'm definitely not one of them.




  
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Dec 25, 2012 05:28 |  #18

40 focuses silently and fast. I really need more than f/2.8 though and the 50 f/1.8 beats that very well. I want more background isolation as well. The 50 does a good job at that but the AF is really unsteady. The 50 sounds like a can of mosquitoes too when it is finding the AF point. Also, holding cheaply built equipment bugs the heck out of me which I admit is silly since it doesn't affect the final image.

The thing that made me get the 40 is the small size. It's inconspicuous and people aren't afraid of having it pointed at their face when I have it mounted on a 5D2. It's even better on a rebel.


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Dec 25, 2012 09:44 |  #19

SiaoP wrote in post #15405342 (external link)
40 focuses silently and fast. I really need more than f/2.8 though and the 50 f/1.8 beats that very well. I want more background isolation as well. The 50 does a good job at that but the AF is really unsteady. The 50 sounds like a can of mosquitoes too when it is finding the AF point. Also, holding cheaply built equipment bugs the heck out of me which I admit is silly since it doesn't affect the final image.

The thing that made me get the 40 is the small size. It's inconspicuous and people aren't afraid of having it pointed at their face when I have it mounted on a 5D2. It's even better on a rebel.

Disagree. In my opinion after testing them side by side, 40mm focused silently but not necessarily fast. Clearly slower than most lenses with USM. Also having a pedestrian f/2.8 on a prime is pointless in my opinion. The whole reason for these small fast primes is letting in a lot of light. 50/1.8 is small and light as well. It auto focuses loudly but fast


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Dec 25, 2012 13:45 |  #20

For me I don't rally see any difference that would matter to other people in a size way. My 5D2 body alone is darn intimidating and the inch or two difference in the lnses I can't see any real help with the40. In other words, anyone intimidated by the 50 on the big 5D2 is going to feel no differently with the 40

Even at F2 and F2.2 it will be nice to have that speed. I used to own the 50 but at the time I only had a Rebel 450D and a 500D bodies and the pancake wasn't out then.


Looks like the vast majority are suggesting the Nifty for me, and that's what I'll do.

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40 focuses silently and fast. I really need more than f/2.8 though and the 50 f/1.8 beats that very well. I want more background isolation as well. The 50 does a good job at that but the AF is really unsteady. The 50 sounds like a can of mosquitoes too when it is finding the AF point. Also, holding cheaply built equipment bugs the heck out of me which I admit is silly since it doesn't affect the final image.

The thing that made me get the 40 is the small size. It's inconspicuous and people aren't afraid of having it pointed at their face when I have it mounted on a 5D2. It's even better on a rebel.




  
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Dec 25, 2012 15:11 |  #21

I agree 50 is a great way.. but the alt choice isn't to bad ;)


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