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Jan 04, 2014 16:10 |  #1

Hello everyone, try not to laugh too much, but what does "pancake" mean for a lens? Is it just a reference to it's size?

I have the nifty fifty and it works fine, I'm using a crop body. Am I looking at to much overlap with this lens?

Thanks in advance for your feedback.

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Jan 04, 2014 16:11 |  #2

jmann12180 wrote in post #16577623 (external link)
Is it just a reference to it's size?

Yes.

I also have both and have the pancake on my kit 90% of the time right now. Fast AF and metal mount plus wider. I love it.


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Jan 04, 2014 16:13 |  #3

The 40mm pancake lives on my 40D, the Nifty Fifty is going to be listed on ebay.




  
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Jan 04, 2014 17:47 as a reply to  @ WhidbeyHiker's post |  #4

Very rare for wiki not to have correct info on basics:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancake_lens

A pancake lens is colloquial term for a flat, thin lens (short barrel), generally a normal or slightly wide prime lens for a camera.


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Jan 04, 2014 18:39 |  #5

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Jan 04, 2014 19:16 |  #6

in my opinion it doesn't make much sense for you to add it...you've got the 50mm, and you also have the 17-50f2.8

i'd look at an older sigma 30mm f1.4 instead


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Jan 04, 2014 22:50 |  #7

jmann12180 wrote in post #16577623 (external link)
Hello everyone, try not to laugh too much, but what does "pancake" mean for a lens? Is it just a reference to it's size?

I have the nifty fifty and it works fine, I'm using a crop body. Am I looking at to much overlap with this lens?

Thanks in advance for your feedback.

Mike.

Heya,

Tons of overlap. But a different flavor. You may like it more. At it's cost, it's easy to try and sell.

If you feel the need to back up your focal length, I would look more towards 35mm, or 28mm even.

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Jan 05, 2014 05:14 |  #8

I do own a 40mm pancake but don't use it much.

On a crop I find 28mm to be perfect.
It gives a normal not-wide/not-tele view.
I find this makes it dead easy to compose shots.

If I had a FF camera I'd probably use a 40mm(or 50mm) in the same way I use the 28mm on my crop.


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Jan 05, 2014 09:09 |  #9

I like the 40 pancake, but I have had is since June or so and I think it's sat in a drawer for the past 6 months. I guess I forgot I had it until now. It's great when you want to go very small, but you have the focal length covered, really, so you'd only want it for going small. It's cheap enough to grab if you desire going small, but otherwise I'd pass on it if I had your lenses already.


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Jan 05, 2014 09:44 |  #10

I bought the 40mm Pancake this past summer and since putting it on one of my 5DMKII's, that is where it has stayed! Also have the 50mm but I just seem to like the pancake better. Also got the hood which screws into the PL filter making it easier to adjust for using outside.

Not saying it is better than the 50mm but it's just "different" and the price was right!!!


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Jan 05, 2014 10:09 |  #11

I absolutely loved the 40mm on my crop body (t3i). I felt limited by the FOV of the 50mm, but still felt the need to have a 1.4 lens in my arsenal. The pancake has some really sharp image quality even wide open, I rather like it when I'm looking to go low profile. The build quality and autofocus is pretty darn good too.

The 18-55, if anything in your sig, would be redundant with the 17-50.



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Jan 05, 2014 13:47 |  #12

I own the 40mm and the canon 50 1.4. It is redundant with the 50 for most cases, no question. However, it makes a great wife lens and travels very well as it can be slipped in many pockets that other lens can't (with your body attached of course).




  
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Jan 05, 2014 14:09 |  #13

I like the 40mm "pancake" on my 6D. Takes very nice shots.

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Jan 05, 2014 14:25 |  #14

unless you weight 80lbs soaking wet and have the arm strength of a toddler, I can't see the 40mm adding much to your kit.


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Jan 05, 2014 15:40 |  #15

Jerobean wrote in post #16579937 (external link)
unless you weight 80lbs soaking wet and have the arm strength of a toddler, I can't see the 40mm adding much to your kit.

I usually walk around with a 100-400 mounted on my camera. The pancake is so small that I carry it in my pocket 'just-in-case' and am often grateful that I had it on me.


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