But there's one other pancake lens in this category I've been dying to try: The 14mm pancake lens ($319 on Amazon). Finally, on my recent trip to Spain, I got the chance to compare both pancake lenses.
The 14mm lens is significantly smaller than the 20mm lens, which is important to me. It also has a wider field of view, which is a good thing for most situations (everything except portraits). But, there's just one thing about the 20mm lens: It's 1.7 F stop creates an insanely awesome depth of field effect that's heart stopping, at least to me.
For a camera user like me, who wants to have the smallest footprint possible, the wisest choice would be to do away with the 14-42 zoom and only carry the 14mm lens with me. It has much of the 20mm's blurry background effect in a super compact form factor.
But I've found that I just can't get myself to do that. The super low 1.7 F stop on the 20mm lens just melts my heart every time I take a picture. So my heart is winning over my brain on this one: I'm going to keep the 20mm lens for now and use it as often as I can, and fall back to the 14-42 zoom when I need a wider field of view.
Above are some pictures comparing the 14mm lens to the 20mm lens. Below are pics comparing the 20mm lens to the 14-42mm zoom lens -- they're both very similar in size:
Here are some pics I just took at dinner tonight with the 20mm lens.
I've been using the Kodak Zi8 camera for several years now, and it's been a workhorse of my ability to capture content. I originally reviewed the Zi6, and then reviewed the Zi8 more recently on this blog, and I also did a post on using a wide-angle lens with the Zi6 or Zi8.
But recently, I gave a speech at TJHSST and the Zi8 failed to record the video correctly, so I decided it was time to revisit my setup, since capturing content is so important to me (as per our company manifesto points #13 and #19).
The price of the Zi8 camera has come down so much since its launch (from above $200 to under $100 now) that I decided to use the following strategy:
Here's a video of the entire setup, with pics below that:
Now it's time for the one post that everyone's been waiting for. The 2010 Gear Post.
For a quick background: my method is to have very few items, all of which are as small as possible and as awesome as possible. The goal is to have a tiny bag but be prepared for absolutely everything. This year I've gotten closer to that ideal than ever before. You can see my 2009 packing list here to compare.
The Bag: Ortlieb Flight 22