Some of you might remember a food photo shoot I did for Caper and Berry, the fantastic catering company located in Surrey. Well, it took a little while but those images are now on their website.
You can see what they look like from the image below.
Caper and Berry has a longstanding tradition of excellence and these images remind me of what a great time I had working with such professional and friendly people.
Thanks again to all!
Sometimes a wedding comes along and everything works out perfectly. The weather is just right, the bride and groom look amazing, the venue is done beautifully, etc. It was such a wedding this weekend when I photographed Alex and Jodi getting married in East Grinstead, West Sussex.
England is a supremely special place to photograph weddings, especially when the the sun is shining. Just as the sun is about to set the light is some of the best I have ever seen. It has this angelic glow and makes everything look stunning. Last weekend we had such a day. And the images below are a result of that incredible light.
Alex and Jodi celebrated their wedding at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, West Sussex. A lovely manor home!
Thank you both for choosing me as your wedding photographer. I wish the two of you all the happiness in the world.
If you found this page hoping for a long technical review of this lens, you have come to the wrong place. I’m a photographer, I don’t have the time to take photos with this lens in every different lighting condition and with various props in the background showing sharpness, vignetting, etc.
So instead, I’m going to show you a few images of the lens and give you my impressions after working with it for a month.
The first time I used the Canon 40mm Pancake I was blown away. I normally hate small glass. Nothing annoys me more. So I didn’t have high hopes. And f2.8 is not exactly a fast lens. Not compared to the 50mm f1.4 anyway.
The lens looks a little odd on most cameras. I actually like it better on my 1Ds Mark II than on my 5D Mark II. I think it looks rather silly on the 5D, whereas the 1Ds Mark II is such a beautiful, stunning camera that the 40mm Pancake doesn’t take anything away from it.
But those are just looks. How does it perform? Well, take a look at the images below to find out.
The Canon 40mm f2.8 Pancake with a box of matches. This lens is tiny!
The Canon 40mm f2.8 Pancake next to the Canon 50mm f1.4 lens. Even dwarfed by this small, fast lens.
The Canon 40mm f2.8 Pancake sits on the Canon 1Ds Mark II. A great bit of kit. Feels very solid in the hands and is lightning fast. Perfect for street photography.
This photo was taken in a graveyard in Edinburgh in very low light. Look how it just pops those highlights and the shadows look amazing.
A self portrait taken with the Canon 40mm f2.8 Pancake and my Canon 1Ds Mark II in Edinburgh.
In the photo below you can see how sharp this lens is. It is a crop taken from the self portrait above. And although my eye is out of focus because I just stuck the camera in front of my face and pressed the shutter, my eyebrow is razor sharp. You can even see the dandruff. HA!
The Canon 40mm f2.8 Pancake is the perfect camera for street photography. Lightning autofocus, with a small, discreet lens. Shooting from the hip feels totally natural.
The minimum focusing distance on the Canon 40mm f2.8 Pancake is 0.98 feet. Making it great for getting in tight.
The above images are just a sample of the shots I’ve taken with this lens since I bought it. Needless to say, I am extremely happy with it. But, like any good review I must create a pros and cons list. So here you go.
• Very fast autofocus with Canon’s new STM motor.
• Extremely creamy manual focus. I love the smoothness of the ring. Small, but manageable.
• Sharp, sharp images.
• Light and agile.
• Feels like an L lens. Solid and smooth.
• Price – $199 is an absolute steal. I would get this over the 50mm f1.8 any day of the week.
• In order to get the lens to go back into the barrel after it’s extended to focus you have to have the camera turned on. Otherwise it will just spin and spin.
• f2.8 is not fast enough for me. Especially when I use the 1Ds Mark II most of the time and it isn’t the best at high ISOs. Not an issue with today’s cameras.
Hmmm… suddenly I can’t think of anymore cons. I’d like to say there are more reasons not to buy this lens, but there simply isn’t. It’s an awesome lens. Not just for the price… period! I would buy it if it was twice the price. I do have to point out that I wouldn’t use this to shoot a wedding unless pressed. But that is because I own the very capable Canon 35mm f1.4 and in my mind, there has never been a better lens. Except for the Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS, which I’ll be reviewing shortly. There just isn’t any reason for me to bring the 40mm Pancake along as it’s too wide for portraits (for my tastes) and not wide enough to capture all the data needed in a wedding reception. But for street photography, travel photography, some landscape and just a general light, fairly fast lens, this simply can’t be beat.
I highly recommend anyone thinking about getting this stops thinking about it and just buys it. You won’t regret it.
This year is a very special year in British sport. I’m not British, but I can appreciate the fact that this is quite possibly one of the greatest years in British sport and even I, an American, am getting behind the Brits.
I was at the Tour de France when Bradley Wiggins won the Tour and Mark Cavendish won the final stage. And it’s safe to say that I got British sport fever.
The following Saturday my family and I drove to Box Hill in Surrey where the men’s Olympic road race took place. After the extremely long walk up Box Hill we arrived and were met with thousands of other people who had obviously been bitten by the British cycling bug. After finding a great little spot from which to rest while we waited the hour and a half for the men to come from London, where the race started, and through Surrey to make 9 laps around Box Hill. Not an easy feat.
And we all know the result. It wasn’t Team GB’s day. I have to say I don’t know if I agree with their strategy of holding back until the last possible moment to allow Mark Cavendish to make his normal sprint to the finish and win it for the team, (but I am not a pro cyclist) I do know that it was exciting and I was proud to be a part of it.
The below photos were taken with a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS L lens and Canon 1Ds Mark II.
Edinburgh has always held a special place in my heart. I first saw this ancient city in 2001 and have been meaning to go back ever since. So in July when I was offered a free trip, I jumped at the chance.
Unfortunately this has been one of the wettest years on record and it rained most of the time. However, when the sun did come out I was able to capture some superb images of Edinburgh Castle, The National Monument, etc.
All of the images below were taken with my newest lens, the Canon 35mm f2.8 pancake. A great little pocket lens that was strapped onto my Canon 1Ds Mark II for the entire time.
This, above all, is my favorite bit of kit. It is light, mobile and creates stunning images. It reminds me of the street photographer days when zoom lenses were relatively unknown and most people shot with rangefinders that had minuscule lenses.
The images below show that an 8 year old digital camera and tiny prime lens is sometimes all you need.