Review: MS Optical Perar 24mm f4 Super Wide (Sony Full Frame E Mount)

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It’s nimble and small. In fact, it’s the smallest lens I have ever owned. On paper, it is a handmade beauty from Japan. The MS Optical Perar 24mm f/4 Super Wide is produced in the basement workshop of Mr. Sadayasu Miyazaki. When I first read about it, I was infatuated because I always wanted a pancake lens. There was one small issue. It was an M mount and I use a Sony A7. There was a quick easy fix though, a Metabones Leica M Lens to Sony NEX E-Mount Adapter. So I spent my money on it while having no clue what to expect with this lens. It could have been crap or wonderful on the A7. It was a risk I was willing to take and here is what I think.

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Make a Pancake Lens (Literally) with This Fun New DIY Tutorial

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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, 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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Review: Samsung 20mm f2.8 Pancake Lens (NX-Mount)

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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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Review: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

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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First Impressions: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

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. Continue reading…

Micro Four Thirds Lens Comparison: Olympus 12mm f2 vs. Panasonic 14mm f2.5

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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Field Review: Leica X1 (Day 5)

If you’ve read any of the previous posts in this review of the Leica X1, you know that I’ve compared the X1 to my Panasonic GF-1 quite a few times. I did this because they are similar in many ways. They both have roughly 35mm equivalent lenses and larger than normal sensors, and they’re geared towards the avid photographer that wants an advanced camera in a compact body. There is, however, one VERY big difference between the two, price. So is the X1 worth the premium? Let’s find out.

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