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Sep 27, 2014 12:53 |  #31

I would also consider the old 35/2. It's barely any bigger than the 40mm, a stop faster and performs as near as makes no difference at equal apertures. I owned both briefly and then sold the 40mm, then later sold the 35mm too because I prefer 50mm and 28mm ;)


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Sep 27, 2014 13:19 |  #32

I liked it, it was a "nice" lens.

Pretty average in all regards, no wow factor at all but also no major negatives.

Liking my sigma 50 art way better now days


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Sep 27, 2014 13:53 as a reply to  @ NatDeroxL7's post |  #33

Got one with the 70D because it was really cheap at the time ($129.00) and thought it was an OK lens. Nothing great, but passable. I sold it for more then I paid for it and bought the canon 50 1.4, liked it better then the 40 but not by much.
Then bought the 35 f/2 IS, wow what a difference. The 35 is so much better at everything then the 40, but to be fair they are not in the same price bracket either.
The only way i would ever buy the 40 again (even as a gift) would be if it was in the 50 1.8 price range. And no way would I buy another canon 50 1.4.




  
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Sep 28, 2014 08:39 |  #34

Yeah, the 6d and 40mm was such a great combo. Took plenty of sharp pics last year and sadly miss it.
Looking at purchasing most likely the 35mmf2 and pairing it to the 7d2.


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Sep 28, 2014 16:05 |  #35

I have it. its optically excellent. It does not get used much with my style of shooting. I have 2.8 zoom covering the range, and the 35 1.4. when I need a faster lens, I reach for the 35, and when I dont, I reach for the zoom. Also I find full frame cameras large and heavy enough that I dont care if I have the 35 1.4 mounted instead of 40 2.8.
I think a superb pancake lens makes a ton of sense on a mirrorless, like the 22 M mount.
that much said, if it fits your style of shooting, the lens is excellent.


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Sep 28, 2014 21:10 |  #36

Buy it and you won't regret it. Trust me!!!! I got Sigma 35 and the pancake and Sigma is collecting the dust most of the time. I usually take it if I know I will be shooting in low light, otherwise it's the pancake. I'm actually considering selling Sigma and getting the 85mm 1.8 instead. I would have a pancake for normal walk around time and the 85 if I want to take some portraits.


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Sep 29, 2014 03:52 |  #37

Best VFM lens going.
Had the nifty 50'sold it and bought the Pancake.
For the money its superbly built, metal mount, solid little devil, well built, very quiet for video focusing, image quality is stunning for the money.

I hardly use it, ref what I shoot but its always there in case space is too tight for 70mm. So convenient as it just fits in a side pouch one my camera bag.
You wont regret it - takes very nice pictures on a 7D or the 5D3.
Ideal say one is going to a social event where you dont want a massive white lens. More like an intelligent body cap!


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Sep 29, 2014 13:42 as a reply to  @ Submariner's post |  #38

Just as a followup to my original post.... my EF 40 STM should be arriving tomorrow. Can't wait :cool:

Thanks for all the help and opinion.


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Nov 08, 2014 10:11 |  #39

I'm trying to scare up one myself; the guy on CL here wants the same price as a new one after rebate, so I'm seeing if I can get him down some.


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Nov 08, 2014 10:27 |  #40

I had one but sold it. On my 5D3, I much prefer the 35IS. And on the SL1 for which I originally bought the 40mm lens, I did not like the focal length. I have the 24 pancake on order now.


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Nov 08, 2014 10:38 |  #41

Thorsten wrote in post #17259352 (external link)
I had one but sold it. On my 5D3, I much prefer the 35IS. And on the SL1 for which I originally bought the 40mm lens, I did not like the focal length. I have the 24 pancake on order now.

If you don't mind, what made you so prefer the 35IS? And, how do you like your SL1?


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Nov 08, 2014 17:15 |  #42

Thorsten wrote in post #17259352 (external link)
I had one but sold it. On my 5D3, I much prefer the 35IS. And on the SL1 for which I originally bought the 40mm lens, I did not like the focal length. I have the 24 pancake on order now.

I have one on an adapter, for my EOS M. Along with the 22mm pancake, it makes the 2nd half of a fantastic pigeon pair on crop. It also performs brilliantly on my 6D.
When I had my 550D/T2i, I thought I didn't use it that much. Until I looked through my stats, & it was actually my 2nd most used lens :)
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Nov 08, 2014 18:03 as a reply to  @ speedync's post |  #43

I like mine a lot. For walking around, I like to put a lens pouch on my belt with my 135, and put the 40 the 6D. I like it by itself too.

It has also gotten use by my wife, who has very little experience. She basically likes it as an alternative to her phone when taking pictures of the baby around the house. The 2.8 is good for lower light situations. I feel like much 1.8, or even 1.4 creates depth of field that is almost too shallow for her to be comfortable with. Also, the focal length seems to work well for her on a full frame. And, obviously the fact that it is so compact is a plus. I feel like it is far less intimidating for her than any other lenses I have.


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Nov 08, 2014 18:39 |  #44

aduda wrote in post #17259945 (external link)
I like mine a lot. For walking around, I like to put a lens pouch on my belt with my 135, and put the 40 the 6D. I like it by itself too.

It has also gotten use by my wife, who has very little experience. She basically likes it as an alternative to her phone when taking pictures of the baby around the house. The 2.8 is good for lower light situations. I feel like much 1.8, or even 1.4 creates depth of field that is almost too shallow for her to be comfortable with. Also, the focal length seems to work well for her on a full frame. And, obviously the fact that it is so compact is a plus. I feel like it is far less intimidating for her than any other lenses I have.

40 + 135L is a fantastic combo, as well as 40 + 70-200mkii. Good enough in lowlight without flash, and the 40's optics really do stand quite well against L glass. I say that the 40's glass is on par with Canon's latest generation of L glass, it's very very good. Debating between 40 vs 50 is debating landscape shooters vs bokeholics. In general, I choose bokeholic, but the 50 has really terrible AF, thats what makes the decision tough.

I get significantly better in focus shots with my manual glass, than I do with the nifty fifty and AF. It's the worst AF to exist, other than the 50 1.4 which is the least reliable :lol:


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Nov 08, 2014 20:01 |  #45

At 6 times the price I imagine I'd like the 35 IS more too.

You simply can not get a sharper better focusing lens for less than 3 times the cost.

I adore this little lens and ALWAYS have it with me (it's the size of a lens cap that needs a diet)
It's smaller than most teleconverters.
It's IQ is on par with the best L glass.

You lose exactly ONE thing with this lens, and that's a stop or two of light. But it is sharper wide open at f/2.8 than many 1.x lenses stopped down tot f/2.8.



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