pancake day

Thanks to some clever email marketing from a camera store, I was inspired to quickly put together my own pancake day picture with an EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens

Pancake day is the day to finish up all the eggs, fat and milk before the period of lent, or a big marketing opportunity for the food stores to sell lemons, and “just add water” packs of pancake mix. I’ll be making my own later this evening using milk, eggs and flour. Keep an eye on my instagram feed to see the results.

Pancake lens

Pancake lenses are characteristically super compact, the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens is smaller than my EF 25mm II extension tube. Most camera makers offer a pancake lens or two in their line-up and Canon has three; the 40mm, EF-S 24 mm f/2.8 STM for crop sensor cameras and the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM for the EOS M range of mirrorless cameras.

Simple table top setup

To make the picture I used an EOS 7D Mark II with an EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS lens. I put the lens and forks on a sheet of black perspex and put a black sheet of mounting card over the top. I then fired a Speedlite 430EX III-RT towards the card and used a fill from a scrap of A4 white paper in front of the lens. I also used a 600EX-RT to add an additional light from the left to help separate the lens off the background.

I also tried something with a lemon, a plate and used the white side of the mount board, but chose the all black shot in preference.

pancake day lens with lemon


I’m really busy with some edits and writing at the moment so that’s it for today. Enjoy your pancakes 🙂