In the world of photography, there is a particular type of lens about which most photographers get excited, the pancake lens.

A pancake lens is a colloquial term for a lens that's shorter than it is wide – hence looking like a 'pancake'. Due to their compacted dimensions, pancake lenses are always fixed focal length ('prime') lenses and much smaller and lighter than a regular lens.

When Fujifilm first announced the Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 lens, many photographers were excited because it was the first pancake lens for the system. This lens has high image quality and excellent build quality.

But it isn’t perfect. The Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 is a plastic lens and has no aperture ring. Additional there is no manual-focus override. There are no controls other than the focus control ring.

I switched to the Fujifilm X system because the system offers camera and lenses that offer quick access to the triangle of camera settings, ISO, aperture and shutter speed. The Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 disappoints in that regard. While it’s easy enough to map the rear command dial to change aperture settings for this lens, the process breaks my current working style as it requires learning some new muscle memory.

The Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 lens has no lens hood because a pancake lens with a lens hood defeats the purpose of a pancake lens.

When used on the X-mount cameras with their 1.52x crop factor sensors, it has the same angle of view as a 41mm lens sees when used on a 35mm camera.

Fujifilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF27mm F2.8 — Canon EOS 5D Mark III | Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM @ 180mm | f/4.0 | ISO25600

I have mixed feelings about the Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 lens. I appreciate the compact nature of the pancake lens and fast autofocus. The 27mm focal length (~ 41mm full-frame) is ideal for street photography; however, the lack of manual-focus override and no aperture ring limits it's overall usefulness to me. If Fuji were to release a lens at this focal length with an aperture ring, I would seriously consider purchasing. In the meantime, I make do with my manual focus Asahi Optical Co. Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 28mm f/3.5.

You have to move a switch on your camera to get to or from manual focus mode and move a dial on the camera to change the aperture.

Tech Specs

Name: Fujinon XF27mmF2.8
Manufacturer Fujifilm
Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
Minimum Aperture: f/16
Mount Type: Fuji-X
Lens Type: Fixed Focal Length
Circular Filter Size: 39mm
Focus Type: Autofocus
Recommended: Yes

Roi's Cafe | Fujifilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 @ 27 mm | 145 sec at f/5.6 | ISO 12800
Rohan | Fujifilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 @ 27 mm | 1500 sec at f/4.0 | ISO 8000
Tap room at Referend Blendery | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 @ 27 mm | 1125 sec at f/5.6 | ISO 2500
FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 | 1125 sec at f/5.6 | ISO 6400
FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 | 1125 sec at f/5.6 | ISO 8000

I discovered Asbury Park Roasters roaster while perusing the Baratza website. I had purchased some replacement parts for my Baratza Encore coffee bean grinder and read a few of the blogs posts, one of which was about the Café Femenino coffee program which Baratza supports.

The Café Femenino coffee program is a one-of-a-kind ethical sourcing model committed to ending the cycle of poverty afflicting women coffee farmers across the world. Café Femenino provides direct compensation to women farmers, along with the opportunity and resources to enact positive change in their communities and on their own terms.

I was excited but not surprised to find a New Jersey coffee roaster on the list of the Café Femenino coffee program. I’ve made many trips to Asbury Park with my camera and family.

I ordered a bag of beans of the Sumatra on November 23rd which arrived three days later. I brewed this coffee in using my Chemex with a paper filter. I enjoyed the coffee and would order again.

ROAST: LIGHT
CATEGORY: ORGANIC
REGION: INDONESIAN
NUANCE: SMOOTH, SWEET, EARTH, SUBTLE FRUIT
Weight: 1lb
Cost: $14.30
Shipping: $7.85