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40mm or 50mm for 5D Mark 2?

 
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May 29, 2013 16:28 as a reply to  @ post 15980275 |  #16

2 different lenses ! Get them both. The pancake is for walk around, light and easy shooting. So as 50mm but it needs more practice, especially to manage F1.4>F2


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May 29, 2013 17:03 |  #17

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Having a 24-70L 2.8 I, would the 40mm give me something that my current lens can't do besides taking less space? I haven't owned a prime lens and I don't want to buy the 50 1.4, i'd rather save for the 1.2 in the future. So I'm thinking of getting the 40mm if it makes sense.

it's a 40mm f2.8 lens...your zoom already covers that...i think the only reason you'd have to buy it is the size alone...or that whole desire to just buy something...


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May 29, 2013 18:27 |  #18

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it's a 40mm f2.8 lens...your zoom already covers that...i think the only reason you'd have to buy it is the size alone...or that whole desire to just buy something...

So if I zoom with my 24-70 to 40mm, it will have the same look that a 40mm prime would give?




  
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May 29, 2013 18:34 as a reply to  @ PokemonSnap's post |  #19

I own a 40mm Pancake but, I sure wish that Canon had dropped the focal length down to 35mm. IMO, that would have been a bit more useful on either a crop of at FF camera...

As was mentioned, the 40mm is kind of an odd focal length...

And, yes, there is a heck of a difference between 35mm and 40mm.
More difference that there would be between a 100mm and 105mm...


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May 29, 2013 19:06 |  #20

PokemonSnap wrote in post #15980656 (external link)
So if I zoom with my 24-70 to 40mm, it will have the same look that a 40mm prime would give?

basically yes, though the 40 prime would be sharper (assuming you have the 24-70 mk1).

you buy the 40 because it's extremely small. It's my everyday family photo lens because I have a pet peeve about carrying heavy gear, since I do carry it around a lot.

I prefer the 40 to 50 because the 40 can act like a single lens solution (similar to the 35mm focal length).

if I'm shooting some sort of event, I'll be shooting with the 24-70,50, or 100.


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May 30, 2013 09:18 |  #21

PokemonSnap wrote in post #15980656 (external link)
So if I zoom with my 24-70 to 40mm, it will have the same look that a 40mm prime would give?

Primes are not magic, at the same focal length a zoom will look very similar to a prime, but there are a couple of considerations. Primes are less complicated to design and build so they tend to be sharper than cheaper zooms or older zooms. Zooms tend to max out at f 2.8 so if you want a larger aperture than that you likely need a prime lens. There are reasons to buy a prime over a zoom, weight, fast aperture, sharpness, but if you are shooting above f/ 2.8-f/4 a the differences are pretty minor.




  
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May 30, 2013 09:29 |  #22

I sold my beloved 50 1.8 and have the 40 2.8 now and love the little guy, though I find the 40/50mm range a little boring on FF. However...in time I may get a Sigma 50 1.4 to have a nice fast lens...


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May 30, 2013 09:50 |  #23

PokemonSnap wrote in post #15980656 (external link)
So if I zoom with my 24-70 to 40mm, it will have the same look that a 40mm prime would give?

Yep.

I have the 16-35L II (also f2.8)...so there's really no point to having a 40 from a truly photographic point of view as it gives you roughly the same angle of view at the same speed...the only reason I bought the 40 is for those days when I don't feel like lugging a massive lens around...it's a very high quality lens, though!


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