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I bought a pancake!

 
taylorman00
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Feb 18, 2013 22:45 |  #1

I've been eyeing the 40 2.8 for awhile now and finally gave in tonight and bought one. I saw that Best Buy had them for $150 and figured I may as well give it a try. I can always return it.

Anyway, shot about 100 shots with it tonight and I'm very impressed. The only other prime I've ever owned/used is the nifty fifty and I wasn't a fan. It was loud, slow AF, and never really cared for the IQ. The 40 tho is dead quiet, fairly quick, small and light, and tack sharp. I'm using it with my 7d. I'm also really liking the idea of shooting with a prime. I pretty much just point and shoot and don't have to think about zooming, etc. :). It's really making me want an 85 1.8 now :)

If you haven't tried one yet, I recommend it!!


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May 24, 2013 00:13 |  #2

I'd been thinking the same .. and with them on sale at the moment I also grabbed one, and I have to say I'm really impressed with it. I agree with your comments about the 50, I've never taken to it as others seem to have, and I now think I'll be selling it on and using the pancake.
Another reason I grabbed it is I'm toying with getting an EOS SL1 body when they drop a little in price. I think an SL1/40mm pancake will make a great small, lightweight DSLR combo for travel .. in place of my G1-X.


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May 24, 2013 07:04 |  #3

Congrats on taking the "bite" on the pancake :) I've been pondering over the idea of picking up a 40 pancake for a while, but seeing as how I have a sigma 30 I keep wondering whether or not I really need a 40mm prime.


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May 24, 2013 07:34 |  #4

grabbed a refurb from Canon for 120$
Stays on my old XTi so it's pocket-sized!




  
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May 24, 2013 07:42 |  #5

denvillerailfan wrote in post #15962596 (external link)
grabbed a refurb from Canon for 120$
Stays on my old XTi so it's pocket-sized!

You must have pretty big/fat pockets!
:-)


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May 24, 2013 09:23 |  #6

I've really enjoyed using the pancake on my T3i and it fits in my COAT pocket ;)




  
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May 24, 2013 09:26 |  #7

denvillerailfan wrote in post #15962596 (external link)
grabbed a refurb from Canon for 120$
Stays on my old XTi so it's pocket-sized!

I did the same thing myself. Grabbed my 40mm pancake and it was on my prior camera (XTi/400D) and now makes it's home on my new to me 50D. Only criticism I had and it wasn't the fault of the lens was that it was slow to AF on my Rebel and it would sometimes hunt. Paired with the far superior AF on the 50D it's a whole new world went from being a relatively slow focusing but tack sharp lens to a fast focusing tack sharp lens I couldn't be more pleased


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t4t3r
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May 24, 2013 10:29 |  #8

I echo the posts above - love my 40 much more so than my 50 1.8. Despite the 50 being faster, I seem to get better and quicker focus in low light with the 40 resulting in improved captures. For the prices the 40 can be found at, it's a no-brainer for me.


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May 24, 2013 13:52 |  #9

NinetyEight wrote in post #15962615 (external link)
You must have pretty big/fat pockets!
:-)

It's either that, or he's just pleased to see you ;)


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May 24, 2013 15:23 |  #10

taylorman00 wrote in post #15625978 (external link)
I've been eyeing the 40 2.8 for awhile now and finally gave in tonight and bought one. I saw that Best Buy had them for $150 and figured I may as well give it a try. I can always return it.

Anyway, shot about 100 shots with it tonight and I'm very impressed. The only other prime I've ever owned/used is the nifty fifty and I wasn't a fan. It was loud, slow AF, and never really cared for the IQ. The 40 tho is dead quiet, fairly quick, small and light, and tack sharp. I'm using it with my 7d. I'm also really liking the idea of shooting with a prime. I pretty much just point and shoot and don't have to think about zooming, etc. :). It's really making me want an 85 1.8 now :)

If you haven't tried one yet, I recommend it!!


I have tried the pancake and I too like it. Also got the 85mm 1.8 and they are really good and fast. You should try it.


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May 24, 2013 18:54 |  #11

outmywindow wrote in post #15962535 (external link)
Congrats on taking the "bite" on the pancake :) I've been pondering over the idea of picking up a 40 pancake for a while, but seeing as how I have a sigma 30 I keep wondering whether or not I really need a 40mm prime.

I have both and although the 30 is a better overall lens that can do more, the pancake is very sharp wide open at 2.8, has a very usable focal length on a crop (compared to 50) and is just so small and cheap.

I just keep it in my bag all the time in case a need a f2.8 prime... Depending where I go I might just take a zoom and keep this in the bag in case, to minimize the lenses and weight. Very useful!


Canon 70D | 15-85IS | Σ17-50/2.8 | Σ30/1.4 | 40/2.8 Pancake | 100/2.0 | 55-250STM | 430EXII

  
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May 24, 2013 19:25 |  #12

I just picked up a pancake from Best Buy. Only $150.

I can't believe how light my camera feels now.

I am thinking it will get me to take my camera out more often.

I can't get any good shots if I don't bring my camera right?


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frankk
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May 24, 2013 20:43 as a reply to  @ tekin112000's post |  #13

When the price dropped to $150 I bought one too. I don't think I've taken a single keeper with it but it is cool...very small and inconspicuous.




  
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travis4567
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May 24, 2013 21:13 |  #14

Go buy the 85 1.8. Best lens in my bag.




  
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roshan_thomas
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May 24, 2013 21:18 |  #15

travis4567 wrote in post #15964815 (external link)
Go buy the 85 1.8. Best lens in my bag.

You said it... Thumbs up for 85 1.8


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