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.

QUICK JUMP TO:

35mm full frame, Autofocus, For SLR cameras (3)
Canon EF 40mm F/2.8 STM ⌀52Pancake lens 2012 
smc Pentax-FA 43mm F/1.9 Limited ⌀49Pancake lens 1997 
HD Pentax-FA 43mm F/1.9 Limited ⌀49Pancake lens 2021 
35mm full frame, Manual focus, For SLR cameras (27)
Canon FL 19mm F/3.5 ⌀58Pancake lensNon-retrofocusPro 1964 
Canon FLP 38mm F/2.8 ⌀48Pancake lens 1965 
Cosina Voigtlander Ultron 40mm F/2 Aspherical SL II ⌀52Pancake lens 2007 
Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 28mm F/2.8 Aspherical SL II N ⌀52Pancake lens 2012 
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 II N ⌀52Pancake lens 2012 
Cosina Auto Cosinon 40mm F/2.5 MC (Porst, Vivitar) ⌀49Pancake lens
Konica Hexanon AR 40mm F/1.8 ⌀55Pancake lens 1978 
Minolta W.Rokkor-QH 21mm F/4 ⌀55Pancake lensNon-retrofocusPro 1963 
Minolta W.Rokkor-PI 21mm F/4.5 ⌀55Pancake lensNon-retrofocusPro 1962 
Minolta Rokkor-TD 45mm F/2.8 ⌀46Pancake lens 1964 
Minolta Auto Bellows Macro Rokkor(-X) 50mm F/3.5Pancake lensFor bellowsPro 1979 
Minolta Auto Bellows Macro 50mm F/3.5Pancake lensFor bellowsPro 1979 
Nikon AI-S Nikkor 45mm F/2.8P ⌀52Pancake lens 2001 
Nikon Series E 50mm F/1.8 ⌀52Pancake lens 1979 
Nikon Nikkor-O 21mm F/4 ⌀52Pancake lensNon-retrofocusPro 1959 
Nikon GN Auto Nikkor[·C] 45mm F/2.8 ⌀52Pancake lens 1968 
Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-S 40mm F/2 ⌀49Pancake lens 1983 
smc Pentax-M 40mm F/2.8 ⌀49Pancake lens 1976 
Asahi Fish-eye-Takumar 18mm F/11 [356, 43560]Pancake lens 1963 
Asahi Takumar 50mm F/3.5 [I] [M37] A32Pancake lens 1952 
Asahi Takumar 50mm F/3.5 [II] [M37] A32Pancake lens 1953 
Ricoh XR Rikenon 28mm F/3.5 Aspherical ⌀52Pancake lens 1996 
Ricoh XR Rikenon 45mm F/2.8 ⌀52Pancake lens 1994 
Carl Zeiss C/Y Tessar T* 45mm F/2.8 [AE, MM] E49Pancake lens1 special limited edition 1982 
Carl Zeiss C/Y Tessar T* 45mm F/2.8 “Tessar 100 Jahre” [MM] E46Pancake lens 2001 
35mm full frame, Manual focus, For rangefinder cameras (31)
Canon 25mm F/3.5 [LSM] S.VIPancake lens 1956 
Canon 28mm F/2.8 [LSM] S.VIPancake lens 1957 
Canon Serenar 28mm F/3.5 I [LSM] S.VIPancake lens1 special limited edition 1951 
Canon 28mm F/3.5 II [LSM] ⌀40Pancake lens 1957 
Canon Serenar 35mm F/2.8 I [LSM] S.VIPancake lens 1951 
Canon Serenar 35mm F/3.2 [LSM] S.VIPancake lens 1951 
Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm F/4 P II VM ⌀39Pancake lensPro 2007 
Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm F/2.5 P II VM ⌀39Pancake lens 2004 
Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm F/2.5 P MC [LSM] ⌀39Pancake lens 2000 
Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 28mm F/3.5 [LSM] ⌀39Pancake lens 2002 
Cosina Voigtlander SC Skopar 21mm F/4 ⌀43Pancake lensPro 2001 
Cosina Voigtlander Heliar 40mm F/2.8 Aspherical VM ⌀34Pancake lens 2022 
Cosina Voigtlander Heliar 40mm F/2.8 Aspherical [LSM] ⌀34Pancake lens 2022 
Konica UC-Hexanon 35mm F/2 [LSM] ⌀43Pancake lens 2001 
Leitz / Leica Summicron-M 35mm F/2 [IV] E39Pancake lens4 special limited editions 1980 
Leitz Wetzlar Summicron-C 40mm F/2 S.5.5Pancake lens 1973 
Leica Summaron-M 28mm F/5.6 E34Pancake lens2 special limited editions 2016 
Leitz Canada Summicron-M 35mm F/2 “Leica 1913-1983” E39Pancake lens 1983 
Leica Summicron-M 35mm F/2 “LHSA 25th Anniversary” E39Pancake lens 1993 
Leica Summicron-M 35mm F/2 “FACHFOTO ROYAL” E39Pancake lens 1993 
Leica Summaron-M 28mm F/5.6 Matte black paint E34Pancake lens 2019 
Leica Summaron-M 28mm F/5.6 “Oslo” E34Pancake lens 2017 
Leica Summicron-M 35mm F/2 “Royal Wedding” E39Pancake lens 1995 
Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm F/2 [CLE] ⌀40.5Pancake lens1 special limited edition 1980 
Minolta G-Rokkor 28mm F/3.5 [LSM] ⌀40.5Pancake lens 1998 
Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm F/2 [CL] ⌀40.5Pancake lens 1972 
Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm F/2 Gold [CLE] ⌀40.5Pancake lens
Nikon W-Nikkor·C 35mm F/1.8 ⌀43Pancake lens 2005 
Ricoh GR 28mm F/2.8 [LSM] ⌀40.5Pancake lens 1998 
Ricoh GR 21mm F/3.5 [LSM] ⌀40.5Pancake lensPro 1999 
Carl Zeiss G Hologon T* 16mm F/8Pancake lensPro 1994 
APS-C, Autofocus, For mirrorless cameras (10)
Canon EF-M 22mm F/2 STM ⌀43APS-CPancake lens 2012 
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 27mm F/2.8 ⌀39APS-CPancake lens 2013 
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 27mm F/2.8 R WR ⌀39APS-CPancake lens 2021 
Leica Elmarit-TL 18mm F/2.8 ASPH. E39APS-CPancake lens 2017 
Samsung 16mm F/2.4 ⌀43APS-CPancake lens 2011 
Samsung 20mm F/2.8 ⌀43APS-CPancake lens 2010 
Samsung 30mm F/2 ⌀43APS-CPancake lens 2010 
Samsung 10mm F/3.5 FisheyeAPS-CPancake lens 2013 
Sony E 16mm F/2.8 [SEL16F28] ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2010 
Sony E 20mm F/2.8 [SEL20F28] ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2013 
APS-C, Autofocus, For SLR cameras (8)
Canon EF-S 24mm F/2.8 STM ⌀52APS-CPancake lens 2014 
smc Pentax-DA 21mm F/3.2 AL Limited ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2006 
smc Pentax-DA 40mm F/2.8 Limited ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2004 
smc Pentax-DA 40mm F/2.8 XS ⌀27APS-CPancake lens 2012 
smc Pentax-DA 70mm F/2.4 Limited ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2006 
HD Pentax-DA 40mm F/2.8 Limited ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2013 
HD Pentax-DA 21mm F/3.2 AL Limited ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2013 
HD Pentax-DA 70mm F/2.4 Limited ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2013 

Copyright © 2012-2022 Evgenii Artemov. All rights reserved. Translation and/or reproduction of website materials in any form, including the Internet, is prohibited without the express written permission of the website owner.