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.