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Sep 23, 2013 11:00 |  #1

hey guys i know there is many discussion about this topic across the net but i wanna hear your opinion.
i just wanted to buy my first prime and this 2 is my pick
i just wanted to buy 40mm because it is within my budget right now but my friend suddenly sell his 1 year old 50 1.4 between this two what is the good choice?

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Sep 23, 2013 11:03 |  #2

The biggest advantage of the pancake 40 is its size. If thats not a concern then the faster prime makes a lot more sense. The 40 is wider, but thats a mixed blessing depending on what you shoot.




  
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Sep 23, 2013 11:11 |  #3

i usually just shoot various things, group shot or some events like debut etc. i had a chance to try the 50 1.4 i am pleased with the result good for low light, bokeh but its a little tight for me and having a hard to focus at low appertures(beginner)
i just wanted to know how well 40mm perform in lowlight condition? i actually like the focal length of 40mm than 50mm




  
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Sep 23, 2013 11:16 |  #4

It's two stops slower so, if you like the 50 1.4 at ISO 400 you would need to go to ISO 1600 to use the 40. Or you could use use it two stops slower on the shutter speed if you like, but you better have a monopod.




  
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Sep 23, 2013 12:18 |  #5

I use an EF 40 STM on my 60D.
It's nice and sharp from wide open.
It seems to cope well with low light, although my EF 28 IS USM copes even better.

It all depends how you like your aperture.
f/2.8 is fine for my needs.


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Sep 23, 2013 12:30 |  #6

gonzogolf wrote in post #16318556 (external link)
It's two stops slower so, if you like the 50 1.4 at ISO 400 you would need to go to ISO 1600 to use the 40. Or you could use use it two stops slower on the shutter speed if you like, but you better have a monopod.

i actually always put my iso at 800 because i use kit lens i think 1600iso is not a problem. ;)

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I use an EF 40 STM on my 60D.
It's nice and sharp from wide open.
It seems to cope well with low light, although my EF 28 IS USM copes even better.

It all depends how you like your aperture.
f/2.8 is fine for my needs.

whats your usual settings in low light condition in your 40mm?




  
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Sep 23, 2013 13:08 |  #7

Photato wrote in post #16318760 (external link)
i actually always put my iso at 800 because i use kit lens i think 1600iso is not a problem. ;)


Then you would need to go to 3200 with the 2.8 (0ver the 1.4 )if your default is 800.




  
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Sep 23, 2013 13:21 |  #8

Does it have to be an autofocus lens?

If not, I would forget both, and go for the Voigtlander Ultron 40mm f/2 SL II instead ;-)a


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Sep 23, 2013 13:24 |  #9

I own both lenses (use them on a full frame body), and they really suit two different purposes. I use the 50 f/1.4 as a low light indoor lens, while the 40 pancake is more of a walk around travel lens due to its compact size and weight. Personally, I would find both too long for my purposes on a crop body, as I do not shoot portraits.


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Sep 23, 2013 13:29 |  #10

If you arent in a hurry, there are other options to consider 28 1.8 comes to mind.




  
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Sep 23, 2013 14:47 |  #11

gonzogolf wrote in post #16318901 (external link)
If you arent in a hurry, there are other options to consider 28 1.8 comes to mind.

That is the lens I used as a fast indoor prime when I was using a crop body. The focal length worked very well for my purposes.


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Sep 23, 2013 16:35 |  #12

well im thinking of that lens canon 28 1.8 or the sigma 30mm 1.4.
well you think im better to buy the tamron 17-50 2.8 instead of 40mm 2.8?
i just need a general purpose lens




  
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Sep 23, 2013 17:52 |  #13

I had a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 (nonVC version) that I used for a holiday earlier this year.
It's a good sharp lens for the money.
I got lots of decent pictures with it.
It did tend to do some "hunting" on the auto focus in low light.

Overall I just prefer my 2 primes instead... the EF 28 IS USM and EF 40 STM
Hence I no longer have the Tamron.
If I want wider than 28 I just use my EFS 10-22.


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Sep 23, 2013 19:53 |  #14

I suggest buy both, then try until you know which you like more. The cost of this two lens is low, you only lose little after you sell, or lose nothing if you can get good price from used market.


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Sep 23, 2013 22:39 as a reply to  @ tat3406's post |  #15

Both !!!


Canon 6D | 50D | EOS M1 | EOS M2 | S-90 | EF 28 f/2.8 IS | EF 40 f/2.8 | EF 50 f/1.4 | EF 85 f/1.8 | EF 100 f/2.8 macro | EF 24-105 f/4L IS | EF 70-200 f/4L IS | EF-M 22 | EF-M 11-22 | EF-M 18-55 | EF-M 55-200

  
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