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Apr 28, 2014 15:43 |  #1

I am wondering what folks think about using the 40mm pancake lens for shooting outdoor scenery type photos. I bought the SL1 and the 40mm because it seems a viable option for carrying a high quality camera and lens backpacking. Typically I have left my DSLR at home and take smaller point an shoots. Never happy with the pics. Now i am kinda second guessing myself. I have not had a chance to use it in the mountains on a hike. Any feedback as to whether i am at least in the ballpark as far as using lens this for this type photos. Wondering if I am setting myself up to be disappointed. the other option that i had it narrowed down to was the G16. any thoughts or feedback is appreciated. thanks




  
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Apr 28, 2014 16:16 |  #2

Heya,

Works fine. So long as you like the angle of view, it doesn't matter what lens you're using. 40mm on a crop is a little tight for scenery maybe, but so long as you're able to make it work, from a bit of a distance, then you're good. If you're doing tighter scenery anyways, then it definitely works. I like the pancake for walk around. An SL1 with 40mm F2.8 pancake for walkaround is great, I love it over using P&S. P&S's can't do what F2.8 looks like. And my pancake lives at F2.8.

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Apr 28, 2014 17:03 |  #3

I suppose you could shoot 3 vertical shots and stitch them together in post. I have not tried that hand held, but it might work if you need a wide shot.




  
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Apr 28, 2014 17:05 |  #4

On this forum (and elsewhere) as soon as someone says scenery it is assumed that they want a WA or UWA lens. Actually one can shoot scenery with any lens. Gene


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Apr 28, 2014 17:10 |  #5

gasrocks wrote in post #16867918 (external link)
On this forum (and elsewhere) as soon as someone says scenery it is assumed that they want a WA or UWA lens. Actually one can shoot scenery with any lens. Gene

Word.
Like suggested you can stitch shots together. Even 2 shots stitched together will give you a much wider FOV. Of course, Samyang makes very inexpensive wide angle lenses that won't add much size, weight, or cost. Set the ap to something pretty small and everything will be in focus. :)


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Apr 28, 2014 19:27 |  #6

Here's something to think about. You can buy the EOS M with 22mm pancake cheaper than a wider lens for the dslr. Like a 24mm f/2.8. Add the adapter to the M, & you have the best of both worlds.




  
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Apr 28, 2014 20:22 |  #7

gasrocks wrote in post #16867918 (external link)
On this forum (and elsewhere) as soon as someone says scenery it is assumed that they want a WA or UWA lens. Actually one can shoot scenery with any lens. Gene

This just about sums it up.


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Apr 28, 2014 22:25 |  #8

I love the 40mm for landscapes! It's sharp, lightweight and the image quality is stunning. If I can't fit all of the scene in by standing back a bit, I take several photos and stitch them together in post. This method has never failed me.

Here's an example. This is 3 shots stitched together.

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Apr 28, 2014 23:31 |  #9

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Apr 29, 2014 03:14 |  #10

I used to have a Canon 60D with the EF 40 STM and the EF 28 IS USM lenses.
I found the 40mm, was nice and small, but too "zoomed in", the 28mm was a bigger lens, but gave a more "normal" view. I tended to use the 28 more than the 40.
Like you I found the whole DSLR stuff just too bulky to take out and about (particularly hill walking).
I considered changing the 60D for the SL1, due to it being smaller and lighter.
When I compared them in the shop there wasn't much in it and as soon as you put a lens (other than the 40mm) on the SL1 it gets bulky again.

Before the 60D I had a Canon G12, but was never happy with the images.

So.. I decided to jump ship and try the Fuji X-series.
I bought a Fuji XE1 and a few lenses.
It's far lighter, and far less bulky.
The image quality from the Fuji is actually just as good as, if not better than, the Canon 60D.

In the end I sold all my DSLR stuff and now just use the Fuji.


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Apr 29, 2014 08:34 |  #11

I'm another vote for "as long as you like the FoV, the 40 pancake is a great little lens."

If you want something in the same size category (tiny) but a little wider, you could always pick up some MF glass and an adapter. You can pick up an Olympus OM 28/3.5 for $35-50 bucks and an inexpensive adapter for less than $15. You would need to be/get comfortable with manual focus and aperture control, but it's not like the scenery is going anywhere so it's not too big of a deal.


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Apr 29, 2014 09:49 as a reply to  @ WhyFi's post |  #12

SpiderMonkey - just wanted to comment on your shot above - that's just terrfic- very nice work!


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Apr 29, 2014 21:32 |  #13

Thank you! The 40 is a brilliant lens, especially on full frame. I have contemplated selling it several times since I already have the 17-40 L however I don't have anywhere near as much fun shooting with the 17-40 as I do with the pancake. I can't rave enough about how cool this little lens is :)


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Apr 29, 2014 22:19 |  #14

you can take a landscape shot with any lens...personally though, i'd rather backpack with something wider/and longer than just the 40mm on a crop camera


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Apr 30, 2014 01:14 |  #15

I did not like the FOV on the 40 stm on crop (64mm) but I do like it on Full Frame.
I would recommend the 24L on crop (38mm) and it works great on FF too. :D


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