Are pancake primes extinct ?

Started Feb 12, 2013 | Questions thread
Hen3ry
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Rokinon a "partial pancake"
In reply to zenit_b, Feb 14, 2013

Damn those cooks who used self-raising flour instead of plain!!!

Good summary. I remember back in the day lusting after the Takumar f2.8 40mm for the Pentax. When I finally got it I found:

(a) It was so shallow that you couldn't hold the focus ring easily.

(b) The image with the f2.8 aperture was a bit too dim for easy focusing so it didn’t matter so much that you couldn’t hold the ring.

(c) The 40mm FoV didn’t suit me AT ALL (I don’t think I ever used a "standard" 50mm lens after my first onterchangeable lens camera in 1964, a Miranda -- I preferred 35mm and then moved to 28mm).

So it just resided on a shelf for a long time until I finally sold it.

Cheers, geoff

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