Canon 40mm f/2.8 Full Frame 'pancake' lens

As indicated in a previous post my plan to become 'Leica exclusive' hasn't happened yet due to my not being to sell my Canon 5DS on ebay. This is strange since Canon DSLR's usually sell promptly and I wanted a fair and typical price for it. Whatever the reason, I have decided to keep it. My plan was to get a Leica SL (Typ 601) but I'm putting that on hold for the moment, particularly since I've been using Canons wonderful little 40mm f/2.8 'pancake' lens and have been astonished by the results. 

If a mirrorless manufacturer brought out something like this there would be eulogies and enthusiastic talking up, but this almost appeared unnoticed. It costs just under £130 and it's super sharp. Plus with the lens profile applied in Photoshop there is virtually no distortion or CA / fringing. With the huge sensor on the 5DS I can crop in quite significantly and still get a large file. See the horse racing shots above. For wide-angle I can do a multi-image panoramic stitch such as the canal shots above. So wandering around with just this lens on my 5DS isn't quite as limiting as it might seem. It's not a particularly heavy combination either. 

How long I hang on to the Canon without feeling the need to empty my account for the Leica SL (Typ 601) I'm not prepared to say. However at the moment I'm rediscovering what the 5DS can do with this lens and the AF speed and overall slickness of the Canon DSLR is a pleasure to use. DSLR's may disappear in time, but not until mirrorless has caught up completely and currently it seems the Leica SL is the only one close. However, its twice as expensive for 1/2 the pixel count and that's the main reason I still haven't bought it. I know I won't be able to hold out much longer, but the Canon is giving me compelling reasons to stick with it. Not least because of the 40mm f/2.8 lens. And if you own a Canon DSLR and don't have one of these, you are missing out on one of the best lenses Canon have ever made. And it's cheap small and light as well. Irresistible as far as I'm concerned.