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Pancake Lens

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Photographer-turned-camera-trainer Mark Toal of Portland, OR might just be taking the term “pancake lens” too literally and you just might be tempted to do the same.

In his latest Vimeo upload, Toal, who also writes for MirrorlessPhotoTips.com, is going to teach us how to make a pancake lens for micro four thirds systems… with actual real pancakes! No, this isn’t a late April Fool’s joke! He’s really figured out how to make a pinhole lens out of real pancakes, which makes for a fun little DIY project that you can do in just a few minutes in the comfort of your own kitchen.

All you’ll need are pancakes, a lens shade, a stainless steel barbecue skewer, a micro four thirds camera sans the lens, and a less than 10 minutes of your time. This project is so easy you can do it on a lazy Sunday with your little future photographers. And the best part about it is you won’t have to spend time making these breakfast delights – just grab a $4 box of frozen ones from the store like Toal did!

Watch Toal’s short tutorial on how to make this pinhole pancake lens after the jump. And don’t forget to share your results when you have them. Happy DIY-ing!

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Samsung 20mm NX Pancake lens gservo-0019140218

Samsung has been making interesting moves in the in the photography world recently. Their NX cameras have all been really well designed and innovative so far. Along with these cameras, Samsung has also introduced some unusual but clever lenses. The 20mm f2.8 pancake lens is one of them: a small and simple wide-angle lens with an uncommon equivalent angle-of-view of 30mm. Read our review to find out how it fares in everyday use.

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Canon EOS M Lens Patents January 2014

Canon Watch has posted a couple of new lens design patents from Canon, that show concepts for  zoom lenses for the EOS M mirrorless system. The lenses in question are an 18-40mm f3.5-5.6, and 18-55mm f4-8, a 10-20mm f4-5.6 and a 9-18mm f4-5.6. The interesting part about these lenses is that, according to the description, they’re supposed to be pancake lenses.

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Pancake lenses have come into some popularity in recent years, and Canon has answered with their own version, the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM. Some may question the point of a fixed lens that is only f/2.8 these days, but there are plenty of reasons to pick up a lens such as this. I have quite enjoyed my time with the lens so far, and I am looking forward to spending a lot of time with it in the future. Read on for my review of this little (and I do mean little) lens.

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Pancakes! Everybody loves them, right? Well someone at Canon sure does because they have finally given us a pancake lens for the EOS system. The EF 40mm f/2.8 STM is a full-frame lens (it of course works on APS-C bodies as well). So is this tiny lens a worthwhile addition to your lineup? Read on for my first impressions. [click to continue…]

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Over the past two to three years, the Micro Four Thirds (M43) system has morphed from an uncertain new category into a serious alternative to consumer DSLRs. As this segment grows, manufactures, mainly Olympus and Panasonic, have started to provide users with more lens options, but more importantly, they are producing higher quality lenses. Because of the relatively small sensors size, M43 systems have to deal with a 2x crop factor. Because of this, Olympus and Panasonic have to produce very wide lenses to provide users with a field of view that is similar to what their used to using with SLRs (e.g. 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, etc.). In this review, we are going to compare two M43 wide angle primes, the Olympus 12mm f/2 and the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5.

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