My son enjoys spending money–or enjoys dreaming of what he’s going to spend money on. (It’s true Zach, and you know it.) He’s always got some ‘cool thing’ that he wants to buy and it changes frequently.

We’ll be talking about one thing one day–like a fly rod he wants or that he wants to take a trip somewhere, and the next day he comes home with a lens.

This just happened at the beginning of the year.

Of course, with this particular purchase, I was quite intrigued. Canon released a new lens in November of the pancake variety. And just like the name, you can imagine what the lens looks like.


He bought this Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 lens for $149.

And I have to say, it’s a pretty nifty little lens for the price. (Note: This is not a lens you can use on a full-frame camera, like the 5D.)

I tried to convince him he should let me take it when we did our cross-country trip in March, but he wasn’t having any of that. I wish I would have just bought myself one then. It would have been awesome for places like the cemetery in New Orleans.

I’ve been struggling wanting to take my big mama camera (Canon 7D) around with me because it gets heavy and cumbersome. Love the camera, but it’s not very convenient. I’ve hauled it with me in a bag on many occasions and taking it in and out–most often with my 28-135 IS lens attached–and gets awkward…and heavy.

Need a little visual to see what I’m talking about?


Do you see what I mean? Granted, I lose all zooming capability and the image stabilizer, but with that small of a lens, don’t really need the IS. And with the megapixel of the 7D? I can always zoom in using Photoshop if I need to and probably be fine. Not only that, this is a fixed lens, meaning, I can set my aperture and it will stay…and I love being able to maintain the aperture I want.

I’ve been eying the Fuji x100s camera for like a couple years. I really want it. Light weight. Cool as heck looking. Love the retro. And a 23mm f/2 lens. Perfect for city, landscape and just everyday shooting. They are actually on the x100T now…that’s how long I’ve been wanting it. ;)

I still really want the Fuji, but with a cost of $1299 for the most recent model, it’s not so in the budget. Perhaps if I sold my 7D….

But at $149, I finally bought my own lens so I can have pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, whether at home or on vacation.

Here’s a few sample shots I took at about–or just over–a foot away.

pancake11-webSettings: f/11, ISO 800



Settings: f/5.6, ISO 800


pancake28-webSettings: f/2.8, ISO 800

The one downside to it is that it does vignette a little when you get down to 2.8, as you can see by this photo. Seems that if you shoot with a little higher f-stop number, then it doesn’t vignette quite as much.

Zach’s been using his quite a bit these past few months and loving it.

I’m excited to give it a real test drive on some upcoming travel myself.