I think my little 40mm pancake lens is my very favourite Canon lens. This is surprising because…
- it looks ridiculous. On my beefy Canon 5D Mk II it looks like I’ve forgotten to put a lens on at all.
- the actual glass lens bit of the lens is tiny – about the size of a 5p.
- it’s not super fast – it’s f/2.8
- it’s cheap – less than £100
However, when you use it it has special stardust inside that turns mediocre snapshots into magic – I can’t recommend it highly enough! This would be a great choice if you’re considering your first prime lens.
Adam12 November 2015 at 09:03
I love my 40mm pancake. It’s become my default lens on the camera, because it can pull such great results from the most unpromising situations – and it makes the camera really easy to just throw in a bag.
Andy1 December 2015 at 11:47
It’s probably just my insecurity showing, but with pancakes I usually wonder if I would be taken seriously on a job if I were using such an odd looking lens, since client usually equate a large lens with being a professional.
admin11 December 2015 at 12:51
It does look a bit silly – maybe a giant lens hood would help
Life with Kaishon25 March 2016 at 11:07
My friend Julie Rivera swears by hers. I have never tried it. I tried the 16-35mm this week and LOVED it! I needed to take pictures for a realtor friend and my 50 wasn’t helping at all. The lens was perfect for interiors and also lovely for street photography. I am smitten!