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06-21-2012, 08:30 PM   #121
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Very strange because the lens design is preciesly the same, the only thing that's different is that the XS has SP coating i believe.
That's probably quality control and sample variation. And, kudos to Canon because the new lens looks to do very well on that front: LensRentals.com - Canon 40mm Pancake – How Did They Do That??

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Looks good, sadly.
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Good to see a prime lens coming to market instead of yet another zoom.
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I should get mine Monday I figure it will be handy to stick in a pocket as a complement to a telephoto lens.

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Looks good, sadly.
Time to step back and re-evaluate your priorities, here. More great lenses with good quality control is happy, not sad! Even if they're not from Pentax.
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Time to step back and re-evaluate your priorities, here. More great lenses with good quality control is happy, not sad! Even if they're not from Pentax.
Depends on which priorities you're talking about.
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Canon builds a decent camera or two, but I would rather shoot Pentax or Nikon. But my problem here is having "good quality control" and "Canon lens" without the L in the same sentence. Isn't that an oxymoron?
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QuoteOriginally posted by builttospill Quote
Canon builds a decent camera or two, but I would rather shoot Pentax or Nikon. But my problem here is having "good quality control" and "Canon lens" without the L in the same sentence. Isn't that an oxymoron?
Sounds like an oxymoron to me, I had two copies of the 18-55 kit lens fall apart on me after a few months of use, and before they fell apart, the AF on both failed. I had a 1.8/50 too and that came apart in my hands when manually focussing it.

Needless to say, I'm not a Canon shooter anymore, I don't like nasty plastic toys.

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I should get mine Monday I figure it will be handy to stick in a pocket as a complement to a telephoto lens.
I'm planning to order one as well. I shoot pentax much more than I shoot canon, but this lens is pretty irresistable for my FF canon film SLR.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Asahiflex Quote
Limited = Limited, with a corresponding build quality. If price is your main concern, then by all means buy the DA40XS which is a true pancake because it has one third the length and half the weight of the Canon
The Canon is priced cheaper than the XS and also has a metal mount. The Canon lens has a lot of similarity in optical layout to the Voigtlander 40/2 and it apparently performs in that league. So this is a kick in the nads for the Ricoh boys. Canon > kick < Ricoh

I just wish Canon would release this 40 in Pentax mount.
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It's a real shame you can't put a Konica Hexanon 1.8/40 on a Pentax body because that is a really great lens, a true pancake and I bet it beats this Canon in IQ terms, and it's a very well built lens too, which I doubt this Canon is. The Minolta MD 2/45 pancake is excellent too, but again, no use to Pentax shooters. The Praktica 2.4/50 pancake is very good and with a bit of fiddling will work on a Pentax body, it's available for peanuts so if you don't mind a bit of DIY is definitely worth looking at. You just have to file down the flanges by 0.4mm to make it fit a K mount, the tricky bit is adjusting it for infinity as the register is a wee bit shorter, it can be done though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by iangreenhalgh Quote
The Minolta MD 2/45 pancake is excellent too, but again, no use to Pentax shooters.
I have the MD 45/2 adapted for canon, and it doesn't make me any less interested in the Canon 40/2.8. They're completely different lenses. Again, as an avid pentax shooter (my favorite camera system of my 3 SLR systems), I think the Canon 40/2.8 looks to be an excellent value and a potential best seller.

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QuoteOriginally posted by iangreenhalgh Quote
The Minolta MD 2/45 pancake is excellent too, but again, no use to Pentax shooters.
I was once a dedicated Minolta user once and had an extensive collection of Minolta glass. The MD 45mm f/2 was just mediocre.
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Hi Jake. I don't get your point, sorry, of course they are different lenses. How did you adapt the Minolta? Do you get infinity? If so, is it using a glassed adapter?

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I was once a dedicated Minolta user once and had an extensive collection of Minolta glass. The MD 45mm f/2 was just mediocre.
That's just your opinion, I like it very much.
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I was once a dedicated Minolta user once and had an extensive collection of Minolta glass. The MD 45mm f/2 was just mediocre.
I actually like the 45/2 quite a bit. And I suppose to justify this, I should say that I have the 24, 35 1.8, 58 1.2, and 85 1.7. The 45 just has a pleasant charm that I can't resist. And I mean that I find its IQ charming; not just it's size and handling.

Here's a shot with the lens:




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Hi Jake. I don't get your point, sorry, of course they are different lenses.
My point was that you seemed to suggest that the Canon wouldn't be as good as the other lenses you were listing, and I wanted to chime in and say that I haven't used one, but from the sample photos I've seen users post, it has a lot of character, and high IQ. Character is probably the primary reason I'll buy a lens. Also, you said this:

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it's a very well built lens too, which I doubt this Canon is
Again, I haven't used the EF 40, but those that have seem to think it's well built.

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How did you adapt the Minolta? Do you get infinity? If so, is it using a glassed adapter?
I adapted it myself using an m42-EOS mount and an AF confirm chip. I hacksawed the Minolta mount off, preserving the baseplate because the aperture mechanics are attached. I then sanded the mount plate as thin as I could get it. I drilled holes in the m42 adapter to match the minolta screwholes, and sanded it down as thin as I could get it. I then screwed them together, took off the faceplate to adjust for infinity, and bingo.

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