Compact camera or pancake lens?
Lately I realized that I wasn't using my Canon 5D II as much as I should. I also realized that about 70 percent of my uploads were done with my compact camera Canon G1X. Well the reason was quite obvious - I had my Canon G1X most of the time with me when I went travelling, day trips or business trips.
This made me think: Shall I sell my 5D?
Well, to make it short - I didn't. I sold the G1X - it nearly broke my heart but I had to be tough on myself to get rid of the temptation - and bought myself the 2.8/40mm STM from Canon. The idea was that it had to fit into the same compact bag I was using for my G1X and the only way to do that was the pancake solution. Now someone might come up and say that I have no IS anymore, no zoom, no flash. Yes, that's correct but I now have my fullframe 5D with me and also a 12mm extension tube which just happens to fit into that bag too, which is good for closeups up to approx. 1:2.
Now regarding the quality - the 40mm from Canon does an excellent job - I have enough room to crop if necessary and I must say that this light wide angle is a much better normal optic than a 50mm. With 50mm there are too many situations where you just are too close to things. But I now don't want to sell you this lens - but I really want to say that travelling with my camera and this lens is a delight. People don't take you serious as photographer because that lens makes your camera look a bit like a toy - but that's ok - I don't want people to give me the wrong attention :)
So perhaps before you look on the market place for a compact camera - you might also consider this solution. I wonder why Canon sells this lens rather cheap - I bought mine online for A$ 170.00 - they could have easily asked the double price - glad they didn't ;).
These were the first pics I took with the 40mm.
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