40mm Portraits

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EOS 5D Mark II, EF 40mm f2.8 pancake lens

I’d like to share with you some photos that I took today. The idea was to test my EF 40mm f2.8 pancake lens as a portrait lens on both full-frame and APS-C cameras. I own both an EOS 5D Mark II and a 40D, and having cameras with different sensor sizes increases the versatility of my prime lenses, thanks to the different effective field-of-view.

The 40mm pancake lens intrigues me because it is a moderate wide-angle on a full-frame camera, and a short telephoto lens on an APS-C camera (with a field-of-view equivalent to around 64mm).

Here are the results. First, the photos that I took on the EOS 5D Mark II. They are JPEGs straight out of the camera – I used the Romantic Picture Style (click here to learn more about Picture Styles and find out where to download the Romantic Picture Style). I shot Raw+JPEG to give me both ready to use JPEGs and Raw files that I can process any way I want.

EOS 5D Mark II, EF 40mm f2.8 pancake lens

EOS 5D Mark II, EF 40mm f2.8 pancake lens

EOS 5D Mark II, EF 40mm f2.8 pancake lens

EOS 5D Mark II, EF 40mm f2.8 pancake lens

EOS 5D Mark II, EF 40mm f2.8 pancake lens

EOS 5D Mark II, EF 40mm f2.8 pancake lens

These are the photos that I took on the EOS 40D. I used the Portrait Picture Style for these images (with saturation set to -2). They are also straight out of the camera, I just lightened them a little in Lightroom first.

EOS 40D, EF 40mm f2.8 pancake lens

EOS 40D, EF 40mm f2.8 pancake lens

EOS 40D, EF 40mm f2.8 pancake lens

EOS 40D, EF 40mm f2.8 pancake lens

My conclusion? I preferred the results from the EOS 5D Mark II. There is something very nice about this focal length for taking portraits, as long as I don’t get too close to the model. I enjoyed using the Romantic Picture Style too. It’s the first time I’ve ever got JPEGs that I feel comfortable using without any post-processing.

A big thanks to my model, Miss Wimmy, for posing on a windy Wellington Saturday afternoon.

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One Response to “40mm Portraits”

  1. David says:

    I like the 40D pics best. The “romantic” style and its softness is a bad fit for a mostly playful model. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that I’m an APS-C guy.

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