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A Pancake in Seattle

No, not that kind of pancake…although I did try some tasty kimchi waffle.

I was lucky enough at the start of the year to have a week in the glorious Emerald City of Seattle in America but when travelling half way across the globe it can be difficult to find the balance of general sightseeing, getting to those special locations at the right time of the day and making sure you have the right equipment for the job. I decided I wanted to travel light but didn’t want to compromise on quality.

With a little research, I discovered the Canon EF-S 24 mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens (named as such because they are flat like a pancake) and it turned out to be the perfect travel lens for the following reasons;

  1. Very light – if like me you tend to spend your holidays wandering and exploring then you don’t want to be too weighed down and at just 125g this is the perfect lens to keep on your camera all day long.

  2. Inexpensive – at around £125 this is one of the cheapest Canon lens you can find and a with lower price tag it takes away the worry of damaging a £600+ lens whilst on your travels.

  3. 24mm - on a crop sensor (you can’t use this on a full frame) this gives you around a 38mm view which crucially is about the same as the human eye, so what you see is what you get – perfect for covering a multitude of photographic scenarios.

  4. f2.8 – a f1.4 would be ideal but this aperture is enough to capture shots in most low-light situations and the optical quality is pretty decent across the range.

  5. Discreet - if you don't want to look too much like a tourist or bring too much attention to yourself at only a 2.28cm depth this lens sits as unobtrusively off the camera as possible - perfect for a spot of street photography.

Please see below for some examples from my trip, I can’t recommend this lens (or Seattle) enough – happy travels!

View of Seattle from the Space Needle

Pike Place Market, Seattle

Space Needle at Dusk

Seattle Great Wheel

Alien, Seattle MoPOP

Seattle light-trails

Google headquarters, Seattle

Space Needle and MoPOP, Seattle


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