tkbslc wrote in post #14546042
Why? Many of us have this covered by a zoom (Even at f2.8) and this is a weird in-between focal length for APS-C. Saving an inch or three on the lens, doesn't make my camera any more portable. It's not like I can fit it in my pocket now.
It does make your camera more portable though. For instance, I can fit my 5d3 + Voigtlander 40mm pancake (off the camera) into my everyday bag along with my Motorola Xoom 10.1 tablet. I can NOT fit any other lens I have in the bag with that camera unless I remove the Xoom, which I don't want to do.
However, making your camera more portable is not the point. The main point is to make for a very portable LENS.
Yes, you COULD carry around a 24-70, but if you only need a normal lens in case it happens to be needed then a pancake like this is the perfect lens.
For instance, you are going to shoot birds or animals with your 800 5.6, 600 4, 500 4, 400 2.8, or even 300 2.8. You know from past experience though that you might find a nice landscape to shoot, or see a beautiful sunset while out and about. So now your choice is to carry a relatively bulky and heavy 17-40, 16-35, 35 f/1.4, or 24-70 on the off chance you might want to use it, or throw this tiny lens in your bag and forget you even have it with you until you actually need it. The choice is obvious.