I picked up the Canon 40mm f/2.8 on a whim before traveling to Europe last year. My husband and I were both bringing DSLR cameras, and I wanted us to have the flexibility to shoot with versatile prime lenses at the same time. While we didn't shoot with primes much on the trip (if you've been part of a large travel group, you know how it goes), I've been shooting with it quite a bit since then. I cannot even believe how much I love the 40mm lens. With a few exceptions (such as when I'm doing macro photography), the 40mm is my standard lens now.I know that the Canon 50mm f/1.8 or "Nifty Fifty" is most people's top pick for an all-around go-to prime lens. It was my go-to prime lens for many years, too. After shooting with the 40mm extensively for almost a year now, I can't believe how much better it is than the 50mm f/1.8. For the slight price difference, it seems like a no-brainer to pick up the 40mm.There are a few key reasons I think the Canon 40mm f/2.8 is a better lens than the Canon 50mm f/1.8.
- The build quality is better.
- It focuses more quickly, accurately, and quietly.
- The focal length is more versatile for indoor shooting.
- It allows for closer focusing.
- It's smaller.
The only time I still prefer to shoot with the 50mm f/1.8 over the 40mm f/2.8 is when I'm in a low-light situation. Personally, I most often shoot in extreme low-light in bars or jazz clubs, taking pictures of a band. Wedding venues are another popular low-light photography environment. The full extra stop of light that the 50mm offers allows you to keep your ISO much lower in these low-light settings.I elaborate on all of these points and more in the full post. I have the full 5 Reasons the 40mm is Better Than the 50mm post over on my blog.
I'd love to hear your thoughts!Do you think that the 40mm is Better than the 50mm?
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