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Gear Reviews

Canon’s 24mm Pancake 2.8 STM Lens Worth A Look?

By Anthony Thurston on February 26th 2015

Canon’s 40mm F/2.8 pancake lens was a big hit for the full frame market. It was small and performed really well for the most part. So, it should be no surprise that Canon has followed up the success of that lens with a crop sensor version in the form of the 24mm F/2.8.


The question is, does this little pancake lens live up to the reputation of its full frame 40mm brother? Youtuber Chris Winter has produced a wonderful video review of the lens where he discusses the image quality, and talks about the lens’ performance for both stills and video purposes.

I am always surprised by these little lenses. I just wish there was a way to keep them so small, but make the focus ring a little more substantial. But if you are an auto-focus only sort of person, that probably isn’t something you are worried about. So take a look and decide for yourself if this Canon 24mm F/2.8 pancake is a lens worth checking out.

[via Chris Winter on Youtube]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. adam sanford

    My EF 40mm f/2.8 pancake sadly sits on the shelf. It’s wonderfully small, wonderfully inexpensive and wonderfully sharp, but I almost always prefer a larger aperture lens or a lens with IS. Also, the focusing is STM, which is considerably slower than USM.

    It’s a great accomplishment technically, but I have better tools to use than Canon’s pancakes and I choose to use them instead.

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  2. Brandon Dewey

    thanks for sharing. I wish nikon would make some pancake lens, they would be amazing for travel photography.

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    • Scott Mosley

      If you don’t mind manually focusing you could use one of these pancake-y lenses:
      Voigtlander 40mm f/2 pancake lens
      Nikon 50mm f/1.8 E series (1st version is smaller than the one with silver ring)
      Nikon AI 45mm f/2.8 P lens (which is ridiculously flat)

      The body of all of these are as narrow as the short side of an sd card when far focused (took a pic but am not able to post for some reason?)

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