Pancake lenses

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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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Asahi Fisheye-TAKUMAR 18mm F/11 [356, 43560]Pancake lens 1963 
Asahi TAKUMAR 50mm F/3.5 Type 1 A32Pancake lens 1952 
Asahi TAKUMAR 50mm F/3.5 Type 2 A32Pancake lens 1953 
Canon EF-S 24mm F/2.8 STM ⌀52APS-CPancake lens 2014 
Canon EF-M 22mm F/2 STM ⌀43APS-CPancake lens 2012 
Canon RF 28mm F/2.8 STM ⌀55Pancake lens 2023 
Canon EF 40mm F/2.8 STM ⌀52Pancake lens 2012 
Canon FL 19mm F/3.5 ⌀58Pancake lensPro 1964 
Canon FLP 38mm F/2.8 ⌀48Pancake lens 1965 
Canon 25mm F/3.5 S.VIPancake lens 1956 
Canon SERENAR 28mm F/3.5 I S.VIPancake lens 1951 
Canon 28mm F/3.5 II ⌀40Pancake lens 1957 
Canon 28mm F/2.8 S.VIPancake lens 1957 
Canon SERENAR 35mm F/3.2 S.VIPancake lens 1951 
Canon SERENAR 35mm F/2.8 I S.VIPancake lens 1951 
Carl Zeiss Hologon T* 16mm F/8Pancake lensPro 1994 
Carl Zeiss Tessar T* 45mm F/2.8 [AE, MM] E49Pancake lens 1982 
Fujifilm FUJINON XF 27mm F/2.8 ⌀39APS-CPancake lens 2013 
Fujifilm FUJINON XF 27mm F/2.8 R WR ⌀39APS-CPancake lens 2021 
Konica HEXANON AR 40mm F/1.8 ⌀55Pancake lens 1978 
Leica ELMARIT-TL 18mm F/2.8 ASPH. E39APS-CPancake lens 2017 
Leica SUMMARON-M 28mm F/5.6 E34Pancake lens 2016 
Leitz / Leica SUMMICRON-M 35mm F/2 [IV] E39Pancake lens 1980 
Minolta W.ROKKOR-PI 21mm F/4.5 ⌀55Pancake lensPro 1962 
Minolta W.ROKKOR-QH 21mm F/4 ⌀55Pancake lensPro 1963 
Minolta ROKKOR-TD 45mm F/2.8 ⌀46Pancake lens 1964 
Nikon NIKKOR-O 21mm F/4 ⌀52Pancake lensPro 1959 
Nikon GN Auto NIKKOR[·C] 45mm F/2.8 ⌀52Pancake lens 1968 
Nikon AI-S NIKKOR 45mm F/2.8P ⌀52Pancake lens 2001 
Nikon Series E 50mm F/1.8 Type 1 ⌀52Pancake lens 1979 
Nikon Series E 50mm F/1.8 Type 2 ⌀52Pancake lens 1981 
Nikon NIKKOR Z 26mm F/2.8Pancake lens 2023 
Olympus OM ZUIKO Auto-S 40mm F/2 ⌀49Pancake lens 1983 
smc Pentax-DA 21mm F/3.2 AL Limited ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2006 
HD Pentax-DA 21mm F/3.2 AL Limited ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2013 
smc Pentax-DA 40mm F/2.8 Limited ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2004 
HD Pentax-DA 40mm F/2.8 Limited ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2013 
smc Pentax-DA 70mm F/2.4 Limited ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2006 
HD Pentax-DA 70mm F/2.4 Limited ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2013 
smc Pentax-M 40mm F/2.8 ⌀49Pancake lens 1976 
smc Pentax-FA 43mm F/1.9 Limited ⌀49Pancake lens 1997 
HD Pentax-FA 43mm F/1.9 Limited ⌀49Pancake lens 2021 
Ricoh XR RIKENON 28mm F/3.5 Aspheric ⌀52Pancake lens 1996 
Ricoh XR RIKENON 45mm F/2.8 ⌀52Pancake lens 1994 
Samsung 10mm F/3.5 FisheyeAPS-CPancake lens 2013 
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 
Sony E 16mm F/2.8 [SEL16F28] ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2010 
Sony E 20mm F/2.8 [SEL20F28] ⌀49APS-CPancake lens 2013 
Third party lenses (26)
Cosina Voigtlander Ultra Wide-HELIAR 12mm F/5.6 Aspherical SLPancake lensPro 2003 
Cosina Voigtlander Super Wide-HELIAR 15mm F/4.5 Aspherical SLPancake lensPro 2003 
Cosina Voigtlander Color-SKOPAR 18mm F/2.8 Aspherical X ⌀43APS-CPancake lens 2024 
Cosina Voigtlander SC SKOPAR 21mm F/4 ⌀43Pancake lensPro 2001 
Cosina Voigtlander Color-SKOPAR 21mm F/4 P II VM ⌀39Pancake lensPro 2007 
Ricoh GR 21mm F/3.5 (1700 units) ⌀40.5Pancake lensPro 1999 
Cosina Voigtlander ULTRON 27mm F/2 X ⌀43APS-CPancake lens 2023 
Minolta G-ROKKOR 28mm F/3.5 (2000 units) ⌀40.5Pancake lens 1998 
Cosina Voigtlander Color-SKOPAR 28mm F/3.5 LSM ⌀39Pancake lens 2002 
Ricoh GR 28mm F/2.8 (3000 units) ⌀40.5Pancake lens 1998 
Cosina Voigtlander Color-SKOPAR 28mm F/2.8 Aspherical SL II N ⌀52Pancake lens 2012 
Cosina Voigtlander Color-SKOPAR 28mm F/2.8 Aspherical LSM ⌀34Pancake lens 2023 
Cosina Voigtlander Color-SKOPAR 28mm F/2.8 Aspherical VM Type 1 ⌀34Pancake lens 2023 
Cosina Voigtlander Color-SKOPAR 28mm F/2.8 Aspherical VM Type 2 ⌀39Pancake lens 2023 
Cosina Voigtlander Color-SKOPAR 35mm F/2.5 P MC LSM ⌀39Pancake lens 2000 
Cosina Voigtlander Color-SKOPAR 35mm F/2.5 P II VM ⌀39Pancake lens 2004 
Konica UC-HEXANON 35mm F/2 LSM (1000 units) ⌀43Pancake lens 2001 
smc Pentax-DA 40mm F/2.8 XS ⌀27APS-CPancake lens 2012 
Cosina Voigtlander HELIAR 40mm F/2.8 Aspherical VM ⌀34Pancake lens 2022 
Cosina Voigtlander HELIAR 40mm F/2.8 Aspherical LSM ⌀34Pancake lens 2022 
Cosina Auto Cosinon 40mm F/2.5 MC ⌀49Pancake lens
aka Bauer Neovaron 40mm F/2.5 MC
aka Porst Color Reflex MC Auto 40mm F/2.5
aka Vivitar 40mm F/2.5 Auto VMC
Minolta M-ROKKOR 40mm F/2 for CL ⌀40.5Pancake lens 1972 
Leitz Wetzlar SUMMICRON-C 40mm F/2 S.5.5Pancake lens 1973 
Minolta M-ROKKOR 40mm F/2 for CLE ⌀40.5Pancake lens 1980 
Cosina Voigtlander ULTRON 40mm F/2 Aspherical SL II ⌀52Pancake lens 2007 
Cosina Voigtlander ULTRON 40mm F/2 Aspherical SL II N ⌀52Pancake lens 2012 

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