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May 15, 2014 16:41 |  #1

I bought a fellow forum member's 40mm pancake lens, and am beginning to familiarize myself with it. If you've got one, what do you use it for, or any particular tips you might have about it? I've heard it's good for action shots, being a fast lens.

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May 15, 2014 16:54 |  #2

I thought the 40 was an f/2.8 elns. Hardly "fast" by today's standards. Guess I lean toward scenery, and street shotting.


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May 15, 2014 19:35 |  #3

you can check out the sample archives section:
https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1198048

i do think though sometimes it makes more sense to buy a lens that suits what you shoot, instead of buying a lens, and then figuring out what you can shoot with it...


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May 15, 2014 19:46 |  #4

It's actually a really good paperweight because it's a good conversation starter and even works upside down. I've heard it can be easily converted to a yoyo, but I've not been able to find the Instructable. With the right end caps it's known to be a really winner on the shuffleboard, but not so good for hockey. It's rarely mistaken for a donut so it does not overly attract hallway traffic. Sometimes people think it has something to do with the Wii, and think you are being cool painting it black.




  
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May 15, 2014 19:49 |  #5

For me personally, 40mm is a largely useless focal length being too "in-between", but I know others will use it a lot.


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May 15, 2014 20:18 |  #6

the pancake is best use as body cap!
Normally I use my this 40mm pancake for street, leisure travel or backup lens.


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May 15, 2014 20:51 as a reply to  @ tat3406's post |  #7

I've gone over to the 40mm f/2.8 and 700D for street candids. Very compact package with great results.


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May 15, 2014 21:08 |  #8

I use it mainly for the small size. I really don't care about focal length since if I need a different lens I have enough choices to use another. Main camera used with it is a Canon SL1...never would I use it on the 5D's since it's nothing more than a lens cap with those cameras.




  
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May 15, 2014 21:21 as a reply to  @ RandyMN's post |  #9

I had the 50 1.8 - when the 40 came out I thought - cool - wider compact prime!
bought the 40 and sold the 50
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repurchased a used 50 and have been trying to sell the 40 for about 5 months...

As an STM lens - apparently it does not have the 'silent AF' as does the 18-55 or 18-135 STM versions... thus even less reason to use it on my 70D...

there is a rare occasion when I pop it into my pocket when out with my 70-300L IS. Its a very compact "wide-ish" lens compared to 70mm.


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May 15, 2014 21:25 |  #10

What camera do you intend using it on? Crop or full frame? On my crop camera, I found it a bit tight for indoor people/group shots. Just long enough for portrait style shots though.
Love it on my 6D as a general purpose do anything type lens. In fact, my 6D has become my point & shoot, combined with this lens, and either a 24 mm or 28 mm f/2.8




  
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May 15, 2014 21:31 |  #11

I don't own one, but it seems like it would be an ideal lens for close up candids on either an APS-C or FF camera. That's what I'd use it for. :)


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May 15, 2014 21:40 |  #12

My wife used her SL1 and 40mm 2.8 combo for a bachelorette party recently in downtown Chicago. Based on the number of shots of drunk cute girls she came back with, it appears good for that application. :).

Really though, it's a sharp lens for when you want minimal bulk, especially good on something like my 6D.




  
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May 16, 2014 15:38 |  #13

My daughter used my SL1 with 40/2.8 at a concert.
Third row shots came out great.
With Av 2.8, spot metering, 1600 ISO.




  
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May 16, 2014 15:45 |  #14

I don't have the lens, but my feeling is its main (and probably only) advantage is its small size (but not necessarily small weight - it weighs as much as nifty-fifty), so the lens only makes sense when used with smallest bodies (basically SL1), for travelling etc. On a crop body I'd personally choose nifty-fifty over the pancake, as it is better suited for portraits ("proper" portrait focal length, plus faster aperture = more shallow DoF).


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May 16, 2014 17:08 |  #15

On my 6D it is the perfect street lens.
Not much perspective distortion, very lightweight on the camera and great for environmental portraits.
You can alway crop a photo in post processing. I often leave it set at f2.8 all day and night, no problem.
Even at 40mm it has good subject separation in landscape orientation. It will also focus very close.
I would not consider it a good portrait lens, but for waist up, or full body it is very sharp even handheld.
I use it as my body cap honestly, I don't care a cap in my bag I carry that lens.


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