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Canon 50mm (nifty fifty) or 40mm pancake

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Hi everyone, i'm looking to pick up one of the canon cheap prime lens's.

I'm stuck between the 50mm 1.8 or the new 40mm 2.8 pancake lens.

My local camera shop has the 50 for $110 and the 40 for $150, so price isnt an issue with either.

I tried out both on my Canon T3i, and the build quality of the 40 is amazing compared to the 50, ( the 50 wiggles when you shake it ) while the 40 with its metal body is much nicer and solid.
the Autofocus on the 40 is dead silent and smooth, didn't feel as jittery as the 50.

But on the ohterhand, the 50 is amazingly popular, so I'm not sure which to go with.
post #2 of 12
[quote name="Jixr" url="/t/1396264/canon-50mm-nifty-fifty-or-40mm-pancake#post_20086242"

But on the other hand, the 50 is amazingly popular, so I'm not sure which to go with.[/quote]

Popularity does not mean that is it be any means good. Thought the nifty fifty is incredibly good for its price, I would definitely go for the 40mm, and since you already said a few thing about it that is better, I do not see why you are questioning the buy.

Have a good one thumb.gif
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well, the 50 does have a more focused view, so I can see why it is much better for portrait shots than the 40, as the 40 is a bit wider view
If they had the view of the 50 on the 40, I think that would be best, but for the price range, its either or.

and the 50 is a bit faster, so in theory, I can take clearer pictures of moving objects than the 40.
post #4 of 12
I'd get the 50. The 40 is slow for a prime and I don't really see the need for it unless lens size is a concern.
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yeah, the build quality is what kills me on it, at best a 3/10, but the important part is the picture quality.
post #6 of 12
Up your budget, get the 35 f/2.
post #7 of 12
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Well, I ended up buying the 50 yesterday, just to return it, and the stores computer system goofed up, so I got the 40 for only $10 more ( $130 ) ( was supposed to be $150 +tax )

a 35 would be good too, but If i was going to start spending decent money on camera equipment I would rather get a decent zoom lens to replace the kit before I get a good prime.
post #8 of 12
Just sharing my experience, if you're shooting on a crop body (APS-C), I bought the 50mm f/1.8 and used it as my only fast lens for a while. It ended up being way too narrow for unplanned and indoor shots, so I eventually ended up with a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 (They're cheap used). I still keep the 50mm around though, since it's just really sharp and makes for a decent budget portrait lens. Your 40mm is somewhere in the middle though, and I can't really say how useful it is.
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Well, I actually have both the 40mm and the 50mm now, I ended up scoring a Tamron 75mm-300mm zoom and a broken 50mm for $100, but I took the 50 apart and fixed it, so I now have both!

I would really like a 30mm or under prime, but they get expensive at that range. ( i'm a pretty budget guy )
post #10 of 12
Nifty Fifty is pretty good on a FF body. Either that or a 35 f/2 if you're wanting an actual 50 (Or close to it) on a crop.
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