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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.

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35mm full frame, Autofocus, For SLR cameras (3)
2.8 Canon EF 40mm F/2.8 STM ⌀52Pancake lens 2012 
1.9 HD Pentax-FA 43mm F/1.9 Limited ⌀49Pancake lens 2021 
1.9 smc Pentax-FA 43mm F/1.9 Limited ⌀49Pancake lens 1997 
35mm full frame, Manual focus, For SLR cameras (27)
11 Asahi Fish-eye-Takumar 18mm F/11 [356, 43560]Pancake lens 1963 
3.5 Asahi Takumar 50mm F/3.5 [II] [M37] A32Pancake lens 1953 
3.5 Asahi Takumar 50mm F/3.5 [I] [M37] A32Pancake lens 1952 
3.5 Canon FL 19mm F/3.5 ⌀58Pancake lensNon-retrofocusPro 1964 
2.8 Canon FLP 38mm F/2.8 ⌀48Pancake lens 1965 
2.8 Carl Zeiss C/Y Tessar T* 45mm F/2.8 “Tessar 100 Jahre” [MM] E46Pancake lens 2001 
2.8 Carl Zeiss C/Y Tessar T* 45mm F/2.8 [AE, MM] E49Pancake lens 1982 
2.5 Cosina Auto Cosinon 40mm F/2.5 MC (Porst, Vivitar) ⌀49Pancake lens
2.8 Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 28mm F/2.8 Aspherical SL II N ⌀52Pancake lens 2012 
4.5 Cosina Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar 15mm F/4.5 Aspherical SLPancake lensNon-retrofocusPro 2003 
5.6 Cosina Voigtlander Ultra Wide-Heliar 12mm F/5.6 Aspherical SLPancake lensNon-retrofocusPro 2003 
2.0 Cosina Voigtlander Ultron 40mm F/2 Aspherical SL II ⌀52Pancake lens 2007 
2.0 Cosina Voigtlander Ultron 40mm F/2 Aspherical SL II N ⌀52Pancake lens 2012 
1.8 Konica Hexanon AR 40mm F/1.8 ⌀55Pancake lens 1978 
3.5 Minolta Auto Bellows Macro 50mm F/3.5Pancake lensFor bellowsPro 1979 
3.5 Minolta Auto Bellows Macro Rokkor(-X) 50mm F/3.5Pancake lensFor bellowsPro 1979 
2.8 Minolta Rokkor-TD 45mm F/2.8 ⌀46Pancake lens 1964 
4.5 Minolta W.Rokkor-PI 21mm F/4.5 ⌀55Pancake lensNon-retrofocusPro 1962 
4.0 Minolta W.Rokkor-QH 21mm F/4 ⌀55Pancake lensNon-retrofocusPro 1963 
2.8 Nikon AI-S Nikkor 45mm F/2.8P ⌀52Pancake lens 2001 
2.8 Nikon GN Auto Nikkor[·C] 45mm F/2.8 ⌀52Pancake lens 1968 
4.0 Nikon Nikkor-O 21mm F/4 ⌀52Pancake lensNon-retrofocusPro 1959 
1.8 Nikon Series E 50mm F/1.8 ⌀52Budget seriesPancake lens 1979 
2.0 Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-S 40mm F/2 ⌀49Pancake lens 1983 
3.5 Ricoh XR Rikenon 28mm F/3.5 Aspherical ⌀52Pancake lens 1996 
2.8 Ricoh XR Rikenon 45mm F/2.8 ⌀52Pancake lens 1996 
2.8 smc Pentax-M 40mm F/2.8 ⌀49Pancake lens 1976 
35mm full frame, Manual focus, For rangefinder cameras (31)
3.5 Canon 25mm F/3.5 [LSM] S.VIPancake lens 1956 
2.8 Canon 28mm F/2.8 [LSM] S.VIPancake lens 1957 
3.5 Canon 28mm F/3.5 II [LSM] ⌀40Pancake lens 1957 
3.5 Canon Serenar 28mm F/3.5 I [LSM] S.VIPancake lens 1951 
2.8 Canon Serenar 35mm F/2.8 I [LSM] S.VIPancake lens 1951 
3.2 Canon Serenar 35mm F/3.2 [LSM] S.VIPancake lens 1951 
8 Carl Zeiss G Hologon T* 16mm F/8Pancake lensPro 1994 
4.0 Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm F/4 P II VM ⌀39Pancake lensPro 2007 
3.5 Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 28mm F/3.5 [LSM] ⌀39Pancake lens 2002 
2.5 Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm F/2.5 P II VM ⌀39Pancake lens 2004 
2.5 Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm F/2.5 P MC [LSM] ⌀39Pancake lens 2000 
2.8 Cosina Voigtlander Heliar 40mm F/2.8 Aspherical [LSM] ⌀34Pancake lens 2022 
2.8 Cosina Voigtlander Heliar 40mm F/2.8 Aspherical VM ⌀34Pancake lens 2022 
4.0 Cosina Voigtlander SC Skopar 21mm F/4 ⌀43Pancake lensPro 2001 
2.0 Konica UC-Hexanon 35mm F/2 [LSM] ⌀43Pancake lens 2001 
5.6 Leica Summaron-M 28mm F/5.6 E34Pancake lens 2016 
5.6 Leica Summaron-M 28mm F/5.6 “Oslo” E34Pancake lens 2017 
5.6 Leica Summaron-M 28mm F/5.6 Matte black paint E34Pancake lens 2019 
2.0 Leica Summicron-M 35mm F/2 “FACHFOTO ROYAL” E39Pancake lens 1993 
2.0 Leica Summicron-M 35mm F/2 “LHSA 25th Anniversary” E39Pancake lens 1993 
2.0 Leica Summicron-M 35mm F/2 “Royal Wedding” E39Pancake lens 1995 
2.0 Leitz / Leica Summicron-M 35mm F/2 [IV] E39Pancake lens 1980 
2.0 Leitz Canada Summicron-M 35mm F/2 “Leica 1913-1983” E39Pancake lens 1983 
2.0 Leitz Wetzlar Summicron-C 40mm F/2 S.5.5Pancake lens 1973 
3.5 Minolta G-Rokkor 28mm F/3.5 [LSM] ⌀40.5Pancake lens 1998 
2.0 Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm F/2 Gold [CLE] ⌀40.5Pancake lens
2.0 Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm F/2 [CLE] ⌀40.5Pancake lens 1980 
2.0 Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm F/2 [CL] ⌀40.5Pancake lens 1972 
1.8 Nikon W-Nikkor·C 35mm F/1.8 ⌀43Pancake lens 2005 
3.5 Ricoh GR 21mm F/3.5 [LSM] ⌀40.5Pancake lensPro 1999 
2.8 Ricoh GR 28mm F/2.8 [LSM] ⌀40.5Pancake lens 1998 
APS-C, Autofocus, For mirrorless cameras (10)
2.0 Canon EF-M 22mm F/2 STM ⌀43APS-CPancake lens 2012 
2.8 Fujifilm Fujinon XF 27mm F/2.8 ⌀39APS-CPancake lens 2013 
2.8 Fujifilm Fujinon XF 27mm F/2.8 R WR ⌀39APS-CPancake lens 2021 
2.8 Leica Elmarit-TL 18mm F/2.8 ASPH. E39APS-CPancake lens 2017 
3.5 Samsung 10mm F/3.5 FisheyeAPS-CPancake lens 2013 
2.4 Samsung 16mm F/2.4 ⌀43APS-CPancake lens 2011 
2.8 Samsung 20mm F/2.8 ⌀43APS-CPancake lens 2010 
2.0 Samsung 30mm F/2 ⌀43APS-CPancake lens 2010 
2.8 Sony E 16mm F/2.8 [SEL16F28] ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2010 
2.8 Sony E 20mm F/2.8 [SEL20F28] ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2013 
APS-C, Autofocus, For SLR cameras (8)
2.8 Canon EF-S 24mm F/2.8 STM ⌀52APS-CPancake lens 2014 
3.2 HD Pentax-DA 21mm F/3.2 AL Limited ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2013 
2.8 HD Pentax-DA 40mm F/2.8 Limited ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2013 
2.4 HD Pentax-DA 70mm F/2.4 Limited ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2013 
3.2 smc Pentax-DA 21mm F/3.2 AL Limited ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2006 
2.8 smc Pentax-DA 40mm F/2.8 Limited ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2004 
2.8 smc Pentax-DA 40mm F/2.8 XS ⌀27APS-CPancake lens 2012 
2.4 smc Pentax-DA 70mm F/2.4 Limited ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2006 

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