I set off early one Saturday morning and headed for Melbourne CBD with my Canon 5D Mark II and recently purchased Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens (see blog post dated 3 Sept 2012). Feeling distinctly Cartier-Bresson, I gravitated towards the popular cafe strips in Degraves Street and Centre Place knowing I'd find plenty of subject matter. I have to admit that the experience was a real pleasure. My usually bulky outfit suddenly became very light, less obvious and much less intrusive. The lens has a solid positive feel and I am very happy with its performance, autofocus was quick and accurate even wide open, and the results are sharp, evenly exposed with good contrast. This is a lens that will always be in my camera bag, and in my opinion a real bargain.
I recently added to my lens collection.
On a whim I purchased a Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens from my favourite camera store Cameras Direct. I have sort of got it in my mind to do a bit of grungy urban and photo journalism style stuff with it. My first impression of the lens is positive. Although it is not an L series lens it has a good solid feel, is well constructed and most importantly has a metal mount. It is the first pancake lens in the Canon line-up, and is a real flyweight weighing only 130 grams (and a thickness of 2.29cm). With its slightly wide angle of view, reasonably fast f2.8 aperture and 30cm minumum focus distance I am hoping it proves to be a nice lightweight alternative to my regular walkabout lens (the EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM). The lens actually looks and feels good on my 5D Mark II, and the combined weight makes it a welcome change from lugging around the much more substantial zoom. Stay tuned for more thoughts as I put it through its paces.