Still in the grip of Prime Lens Mania (“prime” means no zoom), I ventured into the wilds of eBay and picked up a Pentax smc 21mm P-DA F3.2, in theory the perfect companion to the 40mm “Pancake”. With illustrations and a cat-blogging bonus.
Very few pictures are worth anywhere near a thousand words, but this pair might be worth a couple hundred. The same scene from the same position, a corner of our back garden. The 21mm wide-angle above, the 40mm pancake below.
The theory, I guess, is that the 21mm is for carrying around a city or a mountain and shooting views and vistas; the 40mm for taking a garden or party and shooting flowers and faces. One of these renditions looks a whole lot more like what I think I see than the other. What do you think?
I’ve decided that while the prime lenses may be (in theory) better glass, and a little faster too, my eyes aren’t good enough to care about the differences, other things being equal, between a prime shot and a zoom shot. The thing about the prime lenses is that they remove a distraction, encourage you to leave one hand off the camera, compose with your body, and shoot faster.
After dinner, our two cats and some neighborhood became involved in complex maneuvers involving the porch roof and the pear tree (the crows hate the cats, and say so noisily). I had the pancake on and the camera handy.