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Canon EF 40/2.8 on FF - low light/night performance?

 
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Jan 31, 2014 09:49 |  #1

I am planning to use it on my 6D and it's mainly for street photography. I know 2.8 isn't a huge deal breaker to me but I wonder how does it perform at night time or low light situation. I thought about the 50/1.5 or 1.8 II but I really like the pancake size of the 40mm. Any user feedback?


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Jan 31, 2014 10:00 |  #2

Try this. set your 85 to 2.8 and go out and try it under your proposed situations.




  
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Jan 31, 2014 14:48 |  #3

gonzogolf wrote in post #16652606 (external link)
Try this. set your 85 to 2.8 and go out and try it under your proposed situations.

That's not the same thing... camera shake is far more noticeable at 85mm than 40mm.

OP, the best way to answer your question is to go browse the 40mm sample thread. From what I've seen it does very well with mitigating flares and f/2.8 should be fast enough on the 6D.


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Jan 31, 2014 14:49 |  #4

EverydayGetaway wrote in post #16653306 (external link)
That's not the same thing... camera shake is far more noticeable at 85mm than 40mm.

OP, the best way to answer your question is to go browse the 40mm sample thread. From what I've seen it does very well with mitigating flares and f/2.8 should be fast enough on the 6D.

Its a fair enough way to see if it will get the shutter speed and ISO the OP wants.




  
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Jan 31, 2014 14:55 |  #5

It's not bad in low light, but don't expect miracles either. I'd rather have a 35mm f/2 IS, but the price is right on the 40. I've shot a few indoor events with the pancake and it does require ISO 800-1600 or so, as well as bounced flash in many cases. The good news is that it focuses pretty well in low light and is tack sharp wide open, unlike most of the faster non-L primes.


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Jan 31, 2014 19:20 |  #6

The pancake is a nice portable lens when you want to pack light. When the light levels really dip, though- you'll be reaching for a faster prime. For the money, it's a great lens, but I sold mine for lack of use.




  
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Jan 31, 2014 20:55 as a reply to  @ adamo99's post |  #7

Dont forget how good the 6D is at higher ISO settings.

The 40 pancake is 'only' 2 stops slower than an F1.4 lens when both are used wide open, and in my opinion the 6D can easily make up for that in two higher stops of ISO.

It also means you do not fall into issues with the shallower depth of field at F1.4 or F2.0...unless you are specifically after that effect.

Here are a couple taken on 'indoor' streets.... both F8

6D, 40mm STM, 1/60, ISO 3200

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and a bit more extreme

6D, 40mm STM, 1/80, ISO 16000

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So I reckon with a 6D it doesn't really matter if the max aperture is 'only' F2.8....

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Jan 31, 2014 21:50 |  #8

Thanks guys! I finally bought my 40/2.8 and went out to take some shots on the street. The lens is sharp wide open at 2.8. The only problem right now is I am still trying to get used to the 6D focusing system as I missed the focus on few of my shots.

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Feb 01, 2014 07:08 |  #9

I would absolutely recommend the 40mm pancake for low light. It's AF is accurate and the thing is damn sharp at 2.8.


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Feb 01, 2014 07:24 |  #10

jt354 wrote in post #16653323 (external link)
It's not bad in low light, but don't expect miracles either.

The 40mm definitely can capture low light miracles. The day I got my 6D I didn't have any EF wife capable lenses so I picked up the 40. The next day my daughter was born in at 31 weeks and was put in the NICU. For two weeks I shot soley with the pancake and in an environment that was low light. They kept the lights off and would allow no flash. It was so bad that it's what ended up getting me to buy the sig 35 1.4.

Taken w/ 40mm ( 1/160, ISO 20,000 F2.8) through plastic

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Feb 01, 2014 07:51 |  #11

40mm 2.8 is fine on the 6D for night street photography, with the ISO abilities of this camera.


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Feb 01, 2014 22:39 |  #12

Get it get it get it! :D

The 40 stm has become my go to lens for street photos on my 6D
I love my 24L as well at 1.4 but sometimes it is just too wide. They are my combo, more than my 50 1.4
I can handhold my 40 stm at iso 3200 if needed, but always try for the lowest iso possible.


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Feb 01, 2014 22:49 |  #13

It does great IMHO... especially with the 6D.

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Feb 01, 2014 22:56 |  #14

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40mm f 2.8 Iso 640 handheld. Canon 6D

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40mm f 2.8 Iso 1600 handheld. Canon 6D

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