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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 barrel. First pancake lenses appeared in the 1960s 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 short-telephoto variations. Due to the increasing demand for SLR and mirrorless 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 lens 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-retrofocus 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 lens 1994
Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm F/4 P II VMPancake lens 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 lens 2001
Cosina Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar 15mm F/4.5 Aspherical SLPancake lensNon-retrofocus 2003
Cosina Voigtlander Ultra Wide-Heliar 12mm F/5.6 Aspherical SLPancake lensNon-retrofocus 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
HD Pentax-DA 21mm F/3.2 AL LimitedAPS-CPancake lens 2013
HD Pentax-DA 40mm F/2.8 LimitedAPS-CPancake lens 2013
HD Pentax-DA 70mm F/2.4 LimitedAPS-CPancake lens 2013
Konica Hexanon AR 40mm F/1.8Pancake lens 1978
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 lens 1958
Minolta Auto Bellows Macro 50mm F/3.5Pancake lensFor bellows 1979
Minolta Auto Bellows Macro Rokkor(-X) 50mm F/3.5Pancake lensFor bellows 1979
Minolta G-Rokkor 28mm F/3.5Pancake lens 1999
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-retrofocus 1962
Minolta W.Rokkor-QH 21mm F/4Pancake lensNon-retrofocus 1963
Nikon AI-S Nikkor 45mm F/2.8PPancake lens 2001
Nikon GN Auto Nikkor 45mm F/2.8Pancake lens 1968
Nikon GN Auto Nikkor·C 45mm F/2.8Pancake lens 1973
Nikon Nikkor-O 21mm F/4Pancake lensNon-retrofocus 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 lens 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 lens 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 lens 2010
Sony E 20mm F/2.8 (SEL20F28)APS-CPancake lens 2013

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