Pancake lenses

Pancake lenses get their name due to the thin and flat size. The other distinctive features are fixed focal length and light weight.

First pancake lenses appeared in the 1950s and were standard prime lenses based on the famous Tessar design – a brilliantly simple design which was developed by Paul Rudolph in 1902, patented by Zeiss company and provided a good optical performance.

With the improvement of optical technologies in the 1970s the optical design of pancake lenses became more complicated and the latest generation has overcome the limitations of traditional designs. As a result, pancake lenses are now also available in wide-angle and even short telephoto variations.

Due to the increasing demand for cameras with a compact form factor, pancake lenses are experiencing a second wave of popularity while having reasonable prices, which makes them accessible to a wide range of photographers. Such lenses are especially useful for those who enjoy travel photography.

Asahi Fish-eye-Takumar 18mm F/11 [356, 43560]Pancake lens 1963 
Asahi Takumar 50mm F/3.5M37Pancake lens 1952 
Asahi Takumar 50mm F/3.5M37Pancake lens 1953 
Canon 25mm F/3.5Pancake lens 1956 
Canon 28mm F/2.8Pancake lens 1957 
Canon 28mm F/3.5 IIPancake lens 1957 
Canon EF 40mm F/2.8 STMPancake lensBest 2012 
Canon EF-M 22mm F/2 STMAPS-CPancake lens 2012 
Canon EF-S 24mm F/2.8 STMAPS-CPancake lens 2014 
Canon FL 19mm F/3.5Pancake lensNon-retrofocusPro 1964 
Canon FLP 38mm F/2.8Pancake lens 1965 
Canon Serenar 28mm F/3.5 IPancake lens 1951 
Canon Serenar 35mm F/2.8 IPancake lens 1951 
Canon Serenar 35mm F/3.2Pancake lens 1951 
Carl Zeiss C/Y Tessar T* 45mm F/2.8Pancake lens 1982 
Carl Zeiss C/Y Tessar T* 45mm F/2.8 (Tessar 100 Jahre)Pancake lens 2001 
Carl Zeiss G Hologon T* 16mm F/8Pancake lensPro 1994 
Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm F/4 P II VMPancake lensPro 2007 
Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 28mm F/2.8 Aspherical SL II NPancake lens 2012 
Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 28mm F/3.5 LTMPancake lens 2002 
Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm F/2.5 P II VMPancake lens 2004 
Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm F/2.5 P LTMPancake lens 2000 
Cosina Voigtlander SC Skopar 21mm F/4Pancake lensPro 2001 
Cosina Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar 15mm F/4.5 Aspherical SLPancake lensNon-retrofocusPro 2003 
Cosina Voigtlander Ultra Wide-Heliar 12mm F/5.6 Aspherical SLPancake lensNon-retrofocusPro 2003 
Cosina Voigtlander Ultron 40mm F/2 Aspherical SL IIPancake lens 2007 
Cosina Voigtlander Ultron 40mm F/2 Aspherical SL II NPancake lens 2012 
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 27mm F/2.8APS-CPancake lens 2013 
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 27mm F/2.8 R WRAPS-CPancake lensBest 2021 
HD Pentax-DA 21mm F/3.2 AL LimitedAPS-CPancake lens 2013 
HD Pentax-DA 40mm F/2.8 LimitedAPS-CPancake lensBest 2013 
HD Pentax-DA 70mm F/2.4 LimitedAPS-CPancake lens 2013 
HD Pentax-FA 43mm F/1.9 LimitedPancake lens 2021 
Konica Hexanon AR 40mm F/1.8Pancake lens 1978 
Konica UC-Hexanon 35mm F/2Pancake lens 2001 
Leica Elmarit-TL 18mm F/2.8 ASPH.APS-CPancake lens 2017 
Leica Summaron-M 28mm F/5.6Pancake lens 2016 
Leica Summicron-M 35mm F/2Pancake lens 1979 
Leitz Wetzlar Summicron-C 40mm F/2Pancake lens 1972 
Leitz Wetzlar Super-Angulon 21mm F/4Pancake lensPro 1958 
Minolta Auto Bellows Macro 50mm F/3.5Pancake lensFor bellowsPro 1979 
Minolta Auto Bellows Macro Rokkor(-X) 50mm F/3.5Pancake lensFor bellowsPro 1979 
Minolta G-Rokkor 28mm F/3.5Pancake lens 1998 
Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm F/2 (CL)Pancake lens 1972 
Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm F/2 (CLE)Pancake lens 1980 
Minolta Rokkor-TD 45mm F/2.8Pancake lens 1964 
Minolta W.Rokkor-PI 21mm F/4.5Pancake lensNon-retrofocusPro 1962 
Minolta W.Rokkor-QH 21mm F/4Pancake lensNon-retrofocusPro 1963 
Nikon AI-S Nikkor 45mm F/2.8PPancake lens 2001 
Nikon GN Auto Nikkor(·C) 45mm F/2.8Pancake lens 1968 
Nikon Nikkor-O 21mm F/4Pancake lensNon-retrofocusPro 1959 
Nikon Series E 50mm F/1.8Pancake lens 1979 
Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-S 40mm F/2Pancake lens
Ricoh GR 21mm F/3.5Pancake lensPro 1999 
Ricoh GR 28mm F/2.8Pancake lens 1998 
Ricoh XR Rikenon 28mm F/3.5 AsphericalPancake lens 1996 
Ricoh XR Rikenon 45mm F/2.8Pancake lens 1996 
Samsung 10mm F/3.5 FisheyeAPS-CPancake lens 2013 
Samsung 16mm F/2.4APS-CPancake lens 2011 
Samsung 20mm F/2.8APS-CPancake lens 2010 
Samsung 30mm F/2APS-CPancake lens 2010 
smc Pentax-DA 21mm F/3.2 AL LimitedAPS-CPancake lens 2006 
smc Pentax-DA 40mm F/2.8 LimitedAPS-CPancake lens 2004 
smc Pentax-DA 40mm F/2.8 XSAPS-CPancake lensBest 2012 
smc Pentax-DA 70mm F/2.4 LimitedAPS-CPancake lens 2006 
smc Pentax-FA 43mm F/1.9 LimitedPancake lens 1997 
smc Pentax-M 40mm F/2.8Pancake lens 1976 
Sony E 16mm F/2.8 (SEL16F28)APS-CPancake lensBest 2010 
Sony E 20mm F/2.8 (SEL20F28)APS-CPancake lensBest 2013 

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