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Canon 40mm pancake vs 50mm 1.8

 
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Sep 10, 2013 20:32 |  #16

tat3406 wrote in post #16286317 (external link)
Because that 1'', I can put in my hiking purse. The most important is the 40mm never get me down like the 50mm(AF hunting). The front element of pancake of 40mm is so small and no need extra take care and the only lens I feel no need a filter for protection.
If you had both of the lens, you will notice the significant different in built quality.

In my case, I can put the lens in my pocket and not even notice it. The pancake is that compact.

It's not just the size that make this lens a winner, though. It's AF performance is a huge improvement over the 50 f/1.8, and the lens offers excellent image quality... even wide open.


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Sep 10, 2013 22:23 |  #17

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Yes, Really. It makes room in my bag for another lens too.

Well you would know.

I've got a 50mm and the 22mm pancake and I can't see a scenario where that would be true for me.


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Sep 11, 2013 00:40 |  #18

Scott M wrote in post #16286449 (external link)
In my case, I can put the lens in my pocket and not even notice it. The pancake is that compact.

It's not just the size that make this lens a winner, though. It's AF performance is a huge improvement over the 50 f/1.8, and the lens offers excellent image quality... even wide open.

^^yes. When I mounted the my 100mm to my camera, I just carry the pancake in my pocket. I no need carry a camera bag, very convenient at many situation.


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Sep 11, 2013 01:05 |  #19

Then what do you do with the 100mm when you are using the 40?


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Sep 11, 2013 01:29 |  #20

As i noticed that i have very many opportunities for a good picture, for example on the way to work, i dont want to take it with my mobile. The solution brought the 40mm Pancake. I can stick it to my t4i and it fits in my laptop bag for work. Whenever i get a situation i want to capture, i got it. For me thats the most important point of the pancake.

So many lenses are so great, but i think nobody would take (in my case) the 6D with a 50mm 1.2 attached to work...


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Sep 11, 2013 02:31 |  #21

tkbslc wrote in post #16286989 (external link)
Then what do you do with the 100mm when you are using the 40?

Normally I have a toploader with my 6D+100mm. What I mean I no need carry extra beg for extra lens maybe no chance to use. For some my hiking trip, I would prefer take my 40mm rather than 17-40L(also a light lens) just because easy to pack and carry.


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Sep 11, 2013 08:05 |  #22

tkbslc wrote in post #16286989 (external link)
Then what do you do with the 100mm when you are using the 40?

In my case, it's not a 100mm lens, but quite often the 100-400L while we are walking around our local zoo. Fortunately, my wife is a real trouper, so I'll hand her the 100-400L to hang onto if I want to take a few wider shots with the pancake. After I'm done, the 100-400L gets re-mounted to the camera and the pancake goes back in my pocket, so she doesn't have to carry anything around.


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Sep 13, 2013 18:06 |  #23

I started out with a 50mm, then bought the 40mm and sold the 50mm. On a FF like 6D, i find the 40 to be perfect walk around lens, light weight, unobtrusive, and the photos look warmer and colors stands out more. Not too fond of the plastic connector on the 50mm, and the focus motor sounds like the autobots morphing




  
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Sep 21, 2013 10:49 |  #24

Just purchased the 40mm pancake. (arrived Thursday afternoon) Have only taken a few shots with it so far with my 7D and am VERY impressed. Going to try the 5DMKII very shortly.

I can't compare it to the 50mm lens as I haven't used that in a while but certainly will be comparing them soon ... just saying, my 1st impression of the 40mm pancake is excellent!

And I like the size of the lens! Not much bigger than having no lens on the camera and great for saving space in my camera bag. I think I held off buying it before because it looked so small ... and weird! WRONG!! (my bad!)


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Sep 21, 2013 11:30 |  #25

40mm is a great walk around lens as it's lightweight compact and discrete. the 50mm is a great lens as well but I find that wide open the 40mm is sharper at 2.8 then the 50mm is at 2.8. I find to get similar sharpness on my 50mm I have to stop down to at least F4. Honestly for the price point I'd buy both. I find the 50mm on a crop if you have it stopped to 4 or 5.6 is a great portrait lens but for general everyday shooting if you need 2.8 and fast focus and just want to point and shoot the 40mm is a super lens to do it with.


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Sep 22, 2013 05:18 |  #26

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buy a used lens and try it, if u don't like it sell it. you no loose any peny. For me, 40mm pancake built quality and AF performance better than 50mm f1.8.

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Sep 23, 2013 07:44 |  #27

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As i noticed that i have very many opportunities for a good picture, for example on the way to work, i dont want to take it with my mobile. The solution brought the 40mm Pancake. I can stick it to my t4i and it fits in my laptop bag for work. Whenever i get a situation i want to capture, i got it. For me thats the most important point of the pancake.

So many lenses are so great, but i think nobody would take (in my case) the 6D with a 50mm 1.2 attached to work...

I bring my 60D with 70-200 IS II to work :) In a bag, of course.



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Sep 23, 2013 08:00 |  #28

On a crop, they are both long. The 40 borders on telephoto, and the 50 gives you the same view that an 85 gives on my old Minolta film camera. I can see the argument for the 40 on full frame, and for crop. However, I prefer the view of a 35 on Crop, and the view of 50 on full frame. It all depends on what you want these lenses to do for you.
For portraits on a crop, both will work, with the 50 more suited for tighter views. The 40 will also work well.
If you need F2, the 40 won't give you that.




  
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Oct 15, 2013 09:47 as a reply to  @ artyH's post |  #29

Not sure if the OP pulled the trigger yet...guessing they probably did. You can get the 50mm for $60 or the 40mm for $99. Both New...free 2 day shipping. Just need to create a gear list at this site and they will send you a $50coupon in a few days. You can log in with your Amazon account if you have one. Some folks received a 2nd and 3rd coupon ....so if that happens you can get both, compare, and sell one or both if you don't like. There is an ongoing thread in the market watch segment.

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Oct 15, 2013 21:27 as a reply to  @ post 16286418 |  #30

I have one but, except for the price and size (which are great) I an quite lukewarm about the lens. The 64mm equivalent on my 1.6x cameras seems neither here nor there.

I wish that Canon had come out with a 30mm or 35mm pancake lens...


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