Images of the Day: Putting Canon’s “Pancake” Lens Through its Paces

Backyard sunflower. Canon 50D with Canon EF 40mm 1:2.8 lens. ISO 400, f/10, 1/50 sec. © 2012 by Bobby Magill

Maybe the sunflowers and tomatoes in my backyard aren’t the most riveting things in the world to photograph, but I threw down $200 the other day on Canon’s new “pancake” 40mm lens because it’s so fast, inexpensive, lightweight and quiet, and it was a great excuse to sell some of my old unused entry level lenses I bought many years ago, back when I was cash-strapped and shooting 35mm film on a regular basis. (I still can’t afford a full-frame, but please don’t hold that against me!)

With a filter screwed on the end, the Pancake protrudes about an inch from my DSLR body, and it looks so… elegant. Anyway, I killed an hour shooting bees, tomatoes and sunflowers with this new lens. As you’ll see, the results from such a tiny thing are pretty nice. Especially for one of the cheapest pieces of glass you can fit on a Canon EOS camera.

40mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/60 sec. © 2012 by Bobby Magill

40mm, ISO 100, f/4.5, 1/100 sec. ©2012 by Bobby Magill

Yes, my tomato crop is awesome this year. That ripe tomato in the background ended up in our dinner plate this evening. 40mm, ISO 400, f/9, 1/60 sec. © 2012 by Bobby Magill.

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One thought on “Images of the Day: Putting Canon’s “Pancake” Lens Through its Paces

  1. Seems to produce good image quality. Nice to see a lens available for less than $2,500! Being light weight can have advantages when shooting for an extended time or carrying it around your neck hiking all day. The shorter lens can also seem less intimidating if you are photographing people. Nice images.

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