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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.

APS-C Asahi Fish-eye-Takumar 18mm F/11 [356, 43560]Pancake lens 1963
APS-C Canon 25mm F/3.5Pancake lens 1956
APS-C Canon 28mm F/2.8Pancake lens 1957
APS-C Canon EF 40mm F/2.8 STMPancake lens 2012
APS-C Canon EF-M 22mm F/2 STMPancake lens 2012
APS-C Canon EF-S 24mm F/2.8 STMPancake lens 2014
APS-C Canon FL 19mm F/3.5Pancake lensNon-retrofocus 1964
APS-C Canon Serenar 28mm F/3.5 IPancake lens 1951
APS-C Carl Zeiss C/Y Tessar T* 45mm F/2.8Pancake lens 1982
APS-C Carl Zeiss C/Y Tessar T* 45mm F/2.8 (Tessar 100 Jahre)Pancake lens 2001
APS-C Carl Zeiss G Hologon T* 16mm F/8Pancake lens 1994
APS-C Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 28mm F/2.8 Aspherical SL IIPancake lens 2012
APS-C Cosina Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar 15mm F/4.5 Aspherical SLPancake lensNon-retrofocus 2003
APS-C Cosina Voigtlander Ultra Wide-Heliar 12mm F/5.6 Aspherical SLPancake lensNon-retrofocus 2003
APS-C Cosina Voigtlander Ultron 40mm F/2 Aspherical SL IIPancake lens 2007
APS-C Fujifilm Fujinon XF 27mm F/2.8Pancake lens 2013
APS-C HD Pentax-DA 21mm F/3.2 AL LimitedPancake lens 2013
APS-C HD Pentax-DA 40mm F/2.8 LimitedPancake lens 2013
APS-C HD Pentax-DA 70mm F/2.4 LimitedPancake lens 2013
APS-C Leica Elmarit-TL 18mm F/2.8 AsphPancake lens 2017
APS-C Leica Summaron-M 28mm F/5.6Pancake lens 2016
APS-C Minolta G-Rokkor 28mm F/3.5Pancake lens 1999
APS-C Minolta Rokkor-TD 45mm F/2.8Pancake lens 1964
APS-C Minolta W.Rokkor-PI 21mm F/4.5Pancake lensNon-retrofocus 1962
APS-C Minolta W.Rokkor-QH 21mm F/4Pancake lensNon-retrofocus 1963
APS-C Nikon AI Nikkor 45mm F/2.8PPancake lens 2001
APS-C Nikon GN Auto Nikkor 45mm F/2.8Pancake lens 1968
APS-C Nikon GN Auto Nikkor·C 45mm F/2.8Pancake lens 1973
APS-C Nikon Nikkor-O 21mm F/4Pancake lensNon-retrofocus 1959
APS-C Nikon Series E 50mm F/1.8Pancake lens 1979
APS-C Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-S 40mm F/2Pancake lens
APS-C Ricoh XR Rikenon 28mm F/3.5 AsphericalPancake lens 1996
APS-C Ricoh XR Rikenon 45mm F/2.8Pancake lens 1996
APS-C Samsung 16mm F/2.4Pancake lens 2011
APS-C Samsung 20mm F/2.8Pancake lens 2010
APS-C Samsung 30mm F/2Pancake lens 2010
APS-C smc Pentax-DA 21mm F/3.2 AL LimitedPancake lens 2006
APS-C smc Pentax-DA 40mm F/2.8 LimitedPancake lens 2004
APS-C smc Pentax-DA 40mm F/2.8 XSPancake lens 2012
APS-C smc Pentax-DA 70mm F/2.4 LimitedPancake lens 2006
APS-C smc Pentax-M 40mm F/2.8Pancake lens 1976
APS-C Sony E 16mm F/2.8 (SEL16F28)Pancake lens 2010
APS-C Sony E 20mm F/2.8 (SEL20F28)Pancake lens 2013

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