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Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens - Fixed
40mm focal length, Lens not zoom able, 64mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C camerasMinimum focus distance : 0.30m/11.81 inch, F2.8 maximum aperture; F22 minimumStepper-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing52mm filters, Lens Construction: 15 elements in 12 groupsFocal Length & Maximum Aperture: 100mm 1:2.8Focus Adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM; full-time manual focus availableLens Construction: 15 elements in 12 groupsCanon's first mid-telephoto macro "L" series lens to include Canon's sophisticated Image StabilizationFocal Length & Maximum Aperture: 100mm 1:2.8Focus Adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM; full-time manual focus availableFilter Size: 67mm
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u/revjeremyduncan · 11 pointsr/photography

I'm far from an expert, but I have a 7D, and I can tell you a few things to consider.

  • A 7D has a crop (APS-C) sensor, whereas the 5D has a Full Frame Sensor. The difference being that any lens you put on a 7D is going to be zoomed in by 1.6x compared to the 5D. See here. In other words, a 50mm lens on a 7D is going to act like an 80mm lens would on the 5D. Full frame sensors have a more shallow depth of field, too, which may or may no be desirable with video. Shallow DoF looks nice, but you really have to be precise when focusing.

  • Both the 7D and 5D have fixed LCD view screens. The 60D, which is like a cheaper version of the 7D, has a flip out screen, so you can see what you are filming when you are in front of the camera. An alternative would be using a laptop or tablet to as an eternal monitor. Honestly, if video was my focus, I would go with the 60D. 7D is better for still photography, though. Just my opinion.

  • The 7D, 5D and 60D do not have continuous focus for video, like what you are probably used to on a regular video camera. That means you have to manual focus with the focus rings on the lens, as you are filming. It gets easier with a lot of practice. The only Canon dSLR that I know of that has continuous focus on video is the Rebel T4i, which is quite a down grade from either of the previous. Also, the only lens that I know of that is compatible with continuous focus (so far) is the 40mm Pancake lens. That's a good, cheap lens to have in your arsenal, though.

  • The 5D does not have a built in flash, but that probably doesn't matter to you, if you are only doing video. Either way, I would get a speedlight if you need a flash. I have used my pop up in a pinch, though. All the other models I mentioned do have a flash.

  • Other people are likely to have different opinions, but some cheap starter lenses I would consider are; Canon 50mm ƒ/1.8 (Nifty Fifty), Canon 40mm ƒ/2.8 (Pancake Lens), and Tamron 17-50mm ƒ/2.8 (great, fast lens for video for the price IMO).

    Again, I cannot stress enough, that I am not as experienced as many of the photographers in this subReddit, so if they have differing opinions, you may want to consider theirs over mine. I hope I could help a little, at least.

    EDIT: Changed the order of my comments.
u/HybridCamRev · 6 pointsr/videography

In my view, a 1080p camera is a bad investment in 2015. And the 100mbps 4K files from the GH4 are relatively easy to store and work with.

In the $2500 budget range, I would consider:


u/M_Core · 4 pointsr/photography

Can't beat the 40mm pancake for portability, decent image quality, and cheapness if it breaks.

It might be too wide for landscapes but if a 50mm was working well for you the 40mm should be perfect.

Amazon Link:

Edit: I actually did mean to say it might not be wide enough, not the other way around... but good to know some people prefer a longer lens for landscapes.

u/inverse_squared · 4 pointsr/AskPhotography

What lens does she have with the camera? I wouldn't really call lenses "accessories". What does she like to photograph?

Does she have a nice camera bag? Does she need any memory cards? Lens cleaning cloths or a rocket blower? Circular polarizing filter? Extra batteries?

Note, for the Rebel t7, the "nifty fifty" would actually be ~30mm. There is no Canon 30mm lens in your price range, but you could get the 24mm or 40mm instead. Each are $130. I would lean towards the 24mm.

u/aZubaer · 4 pointsr/photography

40mm EF f2.8 pancake. I have one my self can recommend it. It's a very nice glass. Although now i bought the Sigma 18-35, and I don't use that often anymore, because the difference between 35 and 40 isn't that much.

u/Sillyfattourist · 4 pointsr/photography

Canon 40 mm vs the nifty fifty?

I was just browsing through deals on amazon and noticed that the canon 40mm f/2.8 is selling for only $25 more(after rebate) than the acclaimed "nifty fifty". I was wondering if anyone would recommend picking up one of these over the 50mm? Or has one used both and can give me some advice on which they prefer and why?

Here's the link to the 40mm for anyone that's interested:

u/thisalone · 3 pointsr/photography

A crop body like a Canon Rebel with a pancake lens is about as portable as it will get for a DSLR. Otherwise go for a good point and shoot or mirrorless.

u/warkrismagic · 3 pointsr/photography

As far as that prime 50mm lens goes, personally I would spend a little bit more and get Canons 40mm pancake. Significantly higher build quality, and 40mm is just wide enough that you can usually take a step or two closer if needed, great for any indoor shooting.

I smashed my 50mm when I dropped my camera one day, replaced it with the 40mm, never looked back.

Here it is, $150!

u/potato1 · 2 pointsr/photography

I'm having some trouble with photography of people (particularly cosplayers) at comic/anime conventions. I have the Rebel T5i and I got the nifty 50 for portraits, which it is amazing at, but I find often that I can't get far enough away from people (because the t5i is a crop sensor from what I've read here) to use it due to the crowded conditions.

Two questions: 1) Am I correct in that the solution is another fast prime with a shorter focal length?

2) If I am, what lens should I get? I'd like to spend no more than $300, but I could stretch to $500.

I've found these options, what do y'all think of them?

u/bastiano-precioso · 2 pointsr/photography

This is an equipment question:

I'm planning on buying my second lens (I only have the kit 18-55) for my Canon t3i.
M budget is around $160 since it was a present (gift card on Amazon).

I am a film student, so buying a lens that will also be good for video would be definitely a plus but not limitative.

I've been looking at the nifty fifty 1.8, of course, but also the 24mm 2.8 and the 40mm 2.8.

The Sigma 70-300 also falls in the price range, I know it is a different kind of lens, but I'm still unsure on what to get.

I checked the 35mm but apparently the difference in price from the Nikon to the Canon one is overwhelming, no clue why...even when the Nikon one is f/1.8 and the Canon f/2.

TL;DR: I want a $150 lens from Amazon and why the fuck is Canon's 35mm way more expensive than Nikon's?

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/photography

The 18-55 lens will be better for her, and cheaper. The longer zoom is overkill.

>SO if the added bonus is a fantastic lens or something, I may go for it.

Buy a 50mm/1.8 prime (not zoom) lens. It'll only cost $100, and it's lighter and faster than the zoom lens. She might use it the majority of the time, and only switch to the zoom lens when she needs wide angle.

u/mwhaskin · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

It's this little guy: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens - Fixed

I also can't decide between this and the 50mm (but leaning towards this guy)

u/TheCannonMan · 1 pointr/Cameras

So I don't know anything apart from what I just looked up, so take everything with a grain of salt

It was announced in 2008, somewhat old, 12MP is plenty of resolution so I'm sure you could take great images with it still.

Does it have a lens? Something like a 18-55 kit lens?

If you need a lens something like

Would be solid, inexpensive options that would produce great image quality, plus you could use them with newer Canon APS-C cameras if you upgraded to something like a 7D in the future.

You should be able to mount any EF/EF-S lenses on it, and in general the glass is more important than the camera. But I'd probably buy a more modern version before dropping big $$ on like an 70-200 2.8 L lens or something, if only just for the improvements in usability that come with 9 years of software changes.

But you can start making great images on basically anything.

Hope that helps

u/Nebfisherman1987 · 1 pointr/photography

I think Groupon has a deal for them starting at 199.

Edit: here is the offer. I think it's the same one.

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens

Edit II: amazon has it listed for the same price

u/TheEyeofEOS · 1 pointr/analog

The Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM is a much better lens than the 1.4.

Personally if you're looking for just primes and not a zoom lens, I'd snag a 40mm STM for street photography/general walk around and a 85mm f/1.8 for portrait work and skip the 50. You can buy them used for cheaper with warranties from places like BH Photo or Adorama. If you need anything specialized like a 600mm for a project, just rent it from any lens rental company.

If you want an off camera flash for portrait work, these work great. Fully ETTL II compatible, it does all the flash power calculations for you automagically, even wirelessly. You can have up to like 24 of them or something crazy, all controlled by the camera.

u/dennislees · 1 pointr/photography

Canon 40mm USM Pancake Lens - $150 - Will be around 60mm on your 1.6 crop sensor. Amazing lens for the money. Feels light, looks kinda cool. I haven't taken mine off the body since I got it.

u/uncleconker · 1 pointr/photography

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens
I have one and although I hate prime lenses, I use it when I don't have my 24-70 2.8L available. It's not as fast as some of the other options listed here, but it's dirt cheap (Currently ~$140 on Amazon), small enough to fit in your pocket, and a great focal length for shooting the front members of the band. You'll need to switch lenses if you're gunning for the drummer or if the player you want to shoot moves away from the front of the stage, though. If you're using a camera with a good sensor which doesn't get too much noise when you pump up the ISO, I'd recommend this lens. It works well in low light on my 5D mkIII, but not so well on my T3i. Of course, using a flash would solve that problem. I use an old Speedlite 430-EZ and get incredible results. In the end, whether this lens is for you or not is based on the kit you currently have. If you have a camera with a good sensor, you're golden. If your camera has a lesser sensor but you pair it with a flash (even a pop up flash may suffice), then you should also be in the clear.

u/JRQuigley · 1 pointr/videography

Get a fast enough lens, like a cheapie prime, and that light kit should be plenty sufficient.

Get the 50mm 1.8, its only like $100, or the 40mm pancake, $150, much better glass, IMO

Wow, the price jumped on that 40mm.. I got mine at Best Buy last year for $149..

Still good glass though.

u/Terryfrankkratos2 · 1 pointr/photography

Most people will recommend a 50mm 1.8 but honestly its too long for a crop sensor camera like the t6i in my opinion, I recommend a 24mm or 40mm instead.

u/mfalcao · 1 pointr/photography

Does the current 18-55mm range seem enough for you? If so, at what focal range are most of your photos taken? I would suggest getting a prime close to the focal length you use the most/like shooting at.
Why a prime lens? It will give you great quality without breaking the bank, while being faster (lower f-stop) and teaching you more about composition, DOF and making you think about your shots. A couple of good options are the 40mm f/2.8 or the good old 50mm f/1.8.

u/finaleclipse · 1 pointr/photography

Whoops, it's MSRP at $200, but seems to be perpetually discounted to $180 unless there's a sale that brings it to $150. I don't think I've ever seen it at MSRP. Even better if you go refurbished, brings it down to $130.

u/9HomeWorlds · 1 pointr/photography

thanks for the reply. would the 40mm be a better option to go with in your opinion? or will the 50mm get the job done for what i am looking to do. here is a 40mm i found on Amazon

u/HealthyandHappy · 1 pointr/photocritique

You can't keep the aperture AND lower the iso, the image will then be too dark. The iso, shutter speed, and aperture all combine to dictate how bright your picture will be. If you're dropping from iso 800 to iso 400 you're literally taking half the total light from your image, or the equivalent of what's called one "stop". You need to get that stop back from something else, which would either be to slower the shutter speed or to open up the lens. If you lower the shutter speed too much the image will be shaky.

You are not going to get a totally blurred background on a 50mm crop sensor. You can put your model closer to the background, decreasing the total depth of field.

If you don't care about shooting as fast as 1.8, I'd recommend the 40mm pancake for your camera. Great walk around lens, very sharp, and because it's so small you can get away with hand holding some slower exposure times.

u/beep41 · 1 pointr/explainlikeimfive

I have used on, yes. I understand that diagram, but here's what's throwing me off in understanding it fully: You have the 24mm and 40mm which look the same from the outside. What is determining the focal length with these lenses? What's so different between the two in such a small space? Then you have a 10 - 18mm which is bigger than the two, but has a wider FOV.

u/what_a_cat_astrophe · 1 pointr/photography

Those pancake lenses are great for travel if you think you'll be walking around quite a bit and want something a bit more compact. There's a 24mm f/2.8 and a 40mm f/2.8. Both affordable and pretty darn great quality.

Might not do you justice in the wildlife department, but the 24 wouldn't be too shabby for landscapes.

u/scarlin · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens

I want to be a better portrait photographer and I believe this lens will help me accomplish that.

Saving Private Ryan

u/mandiblesx · 1 pointr/photography

Just to confirm, you mean this lens?

u/kangaroooooo · 1 pointr/photography

Hello everybody. I know there's probably not much you can do to help me with my current dilemma, but I really appreciate your help.

So here's the deal: I have about $200 to spend on lenses, and I have two I'm deciding between. They have very different purposes, quality, and benefits. I can't decide which one I'll use more. Here they are.

  • Canon 40mm f/2.8

    For this, the benefits are that it is very small, and very light. I'm going to Iceland soon, and I feel like having a small, very portable lens might be a really big benefit. Also, the image quality is supposed to be pretty good.

    On the other hand, that focal length is already covered by my 18-55mm kit lens. Is the image quality really good enough to justify spending $160?

  • Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II

    This has a great zoom range, and is perfect for taking pictures of cycling, my other hobby. However, it's really big.

    Which should I get?
    I know you can't solve my problems for me, but do you have any advice? In case it's important, I currently have a Canon t3i with 18-55mm kit lens.
u/Wet_Walrus · 1 pointr/Coachella

If you get the 40mm you may have a better chance.

I'm planning on sneaking my 6D in at least one of the days. Too many awesome photo opportunities to not try at least. What's worked in the past is having a friend bring in a lens and you bring in the body. Wrap it up in a hoodie and stuff all the way down at the bottom of your backpack. And give them something to "find" and throw away from you backpack to distract them from the other stuff in there.

u/Iamthetophergopher · 1 pointr/photography

A pancake lens is simply a lens that has a very thin design, reducing the amount the lens sticks off the front of your camera. One of the most popular ones for Canon is the Canon 40mm f/2.8 pancake

As far as the wide angle, it varies incredibly based on your need. Tokina 11-16 is a common suggestion, because 11-16 f/2.8 is a more useful wide angle range on a crop sensor like your 700D than a 12-24. That said, I have the Tokina 12-24 f/4 for my crop 70D and I love it. I rarely wish that I could go wider, but I do wish it was faster, like 2.8, and it's something to think about before making the purchase. The 12-24 is a bit cheaper than the 11-16, but both are considerably cheaper than the Canon equivalent offerings.