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Oct 24, 2013 08:59 |  #31

I've had the 40 for 3 months but it's never been great at a general walk around lens, but I like the shots that I get from it.

I like to just sling my camera over the shoulder and go. The 40 worked great as an extra lens in my pocket when I needed some variety from the fisheye. Actually, the fisheye fit in my jacket pocket when I was using the 40.


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Oct 28, 2013 20:30 |  #32

Just ordered my first Canon dSLR and decided to go with the 50mm 1.8 as my first lens. Hope I made the correct choice. Looking to shoot portraits and some landscapes.




  
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Oct 29, 2013 09:46 |  #33

tgi wrote in post #16406910 (external link)
Just ordered my first Canon dSLR and decided to go with the 50mm 1.8 as my first lens. Hope I made the correct choice. Looking to shoot portraits and some landscapes.

The 50 should be fine for you. You are learning how to use a dSLR, correct?
Eventually you will grow up and upgrade, or like the 50 1.8 and keep it. For the price, you cant go wrong




  
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Oct 29, 2013 09:57 as a reply to  @ post 16286418 |  #34

Have both, 50mm for about 8 years and 40mm for a week. I am in love with the 40mm image quality (on my 70D). Used it at a fall festival (aka Halloween) outdoor event last weekend with amazing results. Best $149 (with rebate) I have spent on photography.


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Oct 29, 2013 12:00 |  #35

Sigma should make a 50 1.8 just to kick canons but at the same price point


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Oct 29, 2013 12:46 |  #36

+1 for 50mm f1.8 Stop it to 2.8 and they both have similar IQ. Also, it's cheaper, and allows more dof at 1.8.


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Oct 29, 2013 14:10 |  #37

supfresh wrote in post #16408491 (external link)
+1 for 50mm f1.8 Stop it to 2.8 and they both have similar IQ. Also, it's cheaper, and allows more dof at 1.8.


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Oct 30, 2013 11:43 |  #38

I bought a 40 pancake for the wife just after she got a 650D as it's an STM lens and I wanted to try some video on it. Although I hardly ever get a chance to use it I did find it to be a cracking lens. The 50 f1.8 I had was never that sharp until I got to arounf f3.5-4 anyway and the 40 is pretty sharp right from the outset. I got a 50 f1.4 to go with my 5D3 and I usually use that now but I got a 70D a few months ago so the 40 is under threat of being kidnapped again for a while.


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Oct 30, 2013 12:28 |  #39

My foray into the 50mm 1.8 was brief. I despise that lens.
Optically it is a bargain. But it's terrible AF and useless MF makes it a no win for me. I'd much prefer a good manual focus lens.

The 40 on the other hand has proven a valuable addition. It's AF is actually stellar, and it's price and size are a wonder. (I got one used for $100.00 even.)

Of course you give up the f/1.8's phenomenal low light,.


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Oct 30, 2013 12:39 |  #40

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #16411064 (external link)
My foray into the 50mm 1.8 was brief. I despise that lens.
Optically it is a bargain. But it's terrible AF and useless MF makes it a no win for me. I'd much prefer a good manual focus lens.

The 40 on the other hand has proven a valuable addition. It's AF is actually stellar, and it's price and size are a wonder. (I got one used for 4100.00 even.)

Of course you give up the f/1.8's phenomenal low light,.


This is the first time I've read about the 50mm 1.8 being despised. I purchased one as my first lens for my first Canon dSLR. Granted I haven't received either of them yet, I hope I made the right choice in choosing it as the first lens. Especially since the 40mm was another contender too. I just read and heard too many good things about the nifty fifty which I ultimately based my decision from.




  
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Oct 30, 2013 12:47 |  #41

Never tried or used a 50mm.
But I do like the 40mm on my 60D.
Nice and sharp with good IQ, and no stopping down needed.

The only reason it's not my daily lens is it can be a little too telephoto on occasions.


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Oct 30, 2013 12:52 |  #42

Well, despite disliking it, I too often recommend it. It is a great starter prime.
For a low investment, one can move from the super slow aperture kit lens and start to realize the advantages of a good fast prime. And again, in good hands, one can not disparage it's optical abilities.

I have a strong bias against lenses with quirky/finicky AF.


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Oct 30, 2013 13:02 |  #43

tgi wrote in post #16411084 (external link)
This is the first time I've read about the 50mm 1.8 being despised. I purchased one as my first lens for my first Canon dSLR. Granted I haven't received either of them yet, I hope I made the right choice in choosing it as the first lens. Especially since the 40mm was another contender too. I just read and heard too many good things about the nifty fifty which I ultimately based my decision from.

While I may not use the word "despised", my feelings about the 50 f/1.8 are not much different than Jake's. The auto focus performance is terrible, and the bokeh is a little strange.

I also concur with Jake about the 40mm pancake. It's a terrific lens for what it provides at its price point.


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Oct 30, 2013 13:08 |  #44

Used both the lenses last night while it was getting dark and found out that the 40mm pictures turned out better than the 50mm or maybe I wasn't using them right. But I was ready to throw my 50


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Oct 30, 2013 13:10 |  #45

I'm wondering if the 50/1.8 may have unit-to-unit variability that's responsible for its bad press. I was just testing AF on it last night in a dark room with a single fluorescent tube and it nailed focus, quickly, each time. The 18-55 was hunting all over the place (admittedly, its smaller max aperture is a minus in these conditions) and the 70-200/2.8 didn't do any better than the 50. It is very noisy though, I'll grant you.

I was also able to MA it with no issues, and I've heard many people complain about its lack of repeatability. It may just be that I hit the lucky number. :)


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