Ultimate Pancake Lens Comparison List

Ultimate Pancake Lens Comparison List

Original “Pancake” Photo by woolgenie on Flickr (CC-BY)

After comparing pinhole and body cap “lenses” I decided to continue my little lens comparison series. In this post I list and compare all available interchangeable pancake lenses.

Pancake lenses are compact in size, lightweight and affordable. Their simple optical elements designs deliver exceptional, sharp image quality in a minimal package. A short lens will improve the handling and balancing of the camera, overall it is much more convenient to work with a lighter camera and lens combo.

Pancake lenses are very popular among travel- and street photographers because of their high portability and unsuspicious appearance on the camera body. With a shorter lens a photographer is perceived less of a professional shooter. He/she can use this in favor to photograph more candidly. In fact people are curious about lenses of this size and might start a conversation with you! A good pancake lens has potential to become the “everyday” or “always on” lens, especially when used in combination with a capable mirrorless camera body.

Pancake Lens Comparison Summary

The comparison results between 35 pancake lenses are summarized below:

  • The typical field of view for a pancake lens is between 40mm and 45mm (full frame equiv.) – 16 out of 35 pancake lenses provide a “normal” field of view.
  • The widest field of view of a pancake lens is 17mm (full frame equiv.) – The MS Optical Perar 17mm f/4.5 is the pancake lens with the shortest focal length.
  • The longest field of view of a pancake lens is 105mm (full frame equiv.) – The Pentax SMC-DA Limited 70mm f/2.4 is the pancake lens with the longest focal length.
    • Number of pancake lenses for a specific focal length in mm (FF-equiv)

      Number of pancake lenses for a specific focal length in mm (FF-equiv)

       

  • The fastest aperture of a pancake lens is f/1.7 – The Panasonic Lumix G ASPH 20mm f/1.7 is the fastest pancake lens.
  • The lightest pancake lens weights 52g. – The Pentax SMC-DA XS 40mm f/2.8 is the lightest pancake lens.
  • The shortest pancake lens is only 5mm thick. – The MS Optical Super Triplet Perar 28mm f/4 is the shortest, non-folded pancake lens.
  • The most pancake lenses are available for the Pentax K mount. – 9 out of 35 different pancake lenses are available for the Pentax K mount.
    • Number of available pancake lenses per lens mount

      Number of available pancake lenses per lens mount (sums up to 39 because two lenses are offered three different mounts)

       

Pancake Lens Comparison Table

The table below lists all pancake lenses, basic characteristics, links to (video) reviews and affiliate links to buy them on Amazon and/or Ebay.

The table columns are sort-able. Click on a column title to sort the entries (A-Z) or numeric. Use the search field on the upper right side of the table to filter out and display only entries with specific terms. Enter “Pentax” in the search field and only Pentax mount lenses will be displayed in the list.

ManufacturerLens NameField of ViewApertureWeight (g)Length (mm)Sensor Size CompatibilityAvailable mount(s)(Video) ReviewsPictureShop
MS OpticalSuper Triplet Perar28mm f/455g05 mmFull FrameLeica MReview on Leica Liker
MS-Optical-Super-Triplet-Perar-28mm-f4Buy on Japan Exposures

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MS OpticalApoqualia-G28mmf/270g05 mmFull FrameLeica MReview on Japan Camera HunterMS-Optical-Apoqualia-G-28mm-f2Buy on Japan Exposures

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MS OpticalSuper Triplet Perar21mmf/4.555g05 mm (folded)Full FrameLeica MReview on 35 MMCMS Optical Super Triplet Perar 21 mm f4.5Buy on Japan Exposures

Buy on Amazon

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PentaxSMC-DA XS40mm f/2.852g09 mmAPS-C
Full Frame
Pentax KReview on Imaging ResourcePentax-SMC-DA-XS-40mm-f2.8-pencake-lensBuy on Amazon

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MS OpticalPerar17mmf/4.560g10 mmFull FrameLeica MReview on Japan Camera Hunter

MS-Optical-Perar-17mm-f4.5Buy on Japan Exposures

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Asahi PentaxTakumar Fisheye18mmf/1198g12 mmFull FrameM42 (screw mount)Review on PentaxforumsPentax-Fisheye-Takumar-18mm-f11Find on Ebay
MinoltaAuto Rokkor TD 45mmf/2.8127 g15 mmFull FrameMinolta MDDiscussion Thread on Photo.net

Photo Examples on Big Big Lens
Minolta-Auto-Rokkor-TD-45mm-f2.8Find on Ebay
PentaxSMC-DA Limited40mmf/2.890g15 mmAPS-CPentax KReview on Photozone

Video Review
Pentax-SMC-DA-40mm-f2.8-pancakce-lensBuy on Amazon

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Nikon NikkorAi-P45mmf/2.8120 g17 mmFull FrameNikon FReview on Ken RockwellNikon-Nikkor-Ai-P-45mm-f2.8-pencake-lensFind on Ebay
PentaxSMC-M40mm f/2.8110 g18 mmFull FramePentax KReview on Casual PhotophilePentax-SMC-M-40mm-f2.8Buy on Amazon

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Contax ZeissTessar T*45mmf/2.890g19 mmFull FrameM42 (screw mount)Review on Photography ReviewContax-Zeiss-Tessar-T-45mm-f28Buy on Amazon

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ChinonAuto Revuenon45mmf/2.8110 g19 mmFull FramePentax KReview on Pentaxforums
Chinon Auto Revuenon 45mm F2.8 PentaxFind on Ebay
SonySEL20F2820mmf/2.869g20 mmAPS-CSony EReview on The Phoblographer

Video Review
Sony-SEL20F28-20mm-f2.8-pencake-lensBuy on Amazon

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PanasonicLumix G 14mmf/2.555g21 mmmFT (m4/3)mFT (m4/3)Review on Imaging Resource

Video Review
Panasonic-Lumix-G-14mm-f2.5Buy on Amazon

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LeicaSummicron-C40mmf/2.0126 g22 mmFull FrameLeica MReview on 35 MMCLeica-Summicron-C-40mm-f2.0
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OlympusM.Zuiko17mmf/2.871g22 mmmFT (m4/3)mFT (m4/3)Review on Photography Blog

Video
Review
Olympus-M.Zuiko-17mm-f2.8-pencake-lensBuy on Amazon

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SamsungEX-S30NB30mmf/2.081g22 mmAPS-CSamsung NXReview on Photozone

Review on Imaging Resource
Samsung-30mm-f2.0-pencake-lensBuy on Amazon

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CanonEF STM40mmf/2.8260 g22 mmFull FrameCanon EFReview
on Imaging Resource
Canon-EF-STM-40mm-f2.8-pancake-lensBuy on Amazon

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SonySEL16F2816mmf/2.870g23 mmAPS-CSony EReview on Imaging Resource

Video Review
Sony-E-SEL16F28-16mm-f2.8Buy on Amazon

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FujifilmFujinon XF27mmf/2.878g23 mmAPS-CFuji XReview on Findingrange

Video Review
Fujifilm-XF-27-mm-f2.8-pancake-lensBuy on Amazon

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OlympusZuiko Digital25mmf/2.895g24 mmmFT (m4/3)mFT (m4/3)Review on Imaging Resource

Video Review
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-25mm-f2.8-pancake-lensBuy on Amazon

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VoigtlanderUltron SL II 40mmf/2.0200 g24 mmFull FrameCanon EF
Nikon F
Pentax K
Review on F-Stoppers

Video Review
Voigtlander-Ultron-SLII-40mm-f2.0-pencake-lensBuy on Amazon

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SamsungEX-W20NB20mmf/2.889g24 mmAPS-CSamsung NXReview on Photozone

Review on The Phoblographer
Samsung-EX-W20NB-20mm-f2.8-pancake-lensBuy on Amazon

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SamsungEX-W16NB16mmf/2.472g24 mmAPS-CSamsung NXReview on Photozone

Video Review
Samsung-EX-W16NBUS-16mm-f2.4-pencake-lensBuy on Amazon

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Pentax SMC-DA Limited21mmf/3.2119 g25 mmAPS-CPentax KReview on Photozone

Video Review
Pentax-SMC-DA-21mm-f3.2-pancacke-lensBuy on Amazon

Find on Ebay
OlympusAUTO-S ZUIKO OM40mmf/2.0140 g25 mmFull FrameOlympus OMInfo on Mir

Review on Photography Review
Olympus-OM-Zuiko-40mm-f2Find on Ebay
Minolta Rokkor-X45mmf/2.0125 g25 mmFull FrameMinolta MDReview on ERPhotoreview

Video Review
Minolta-Rokkor-45mm-f2.0Buy on Amazon

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KonicaHexanon AR40mm f/1.8140 g25 mmFull FrameKonica ARReview on The Weekend LensKonika-Hexanon-AR-40mm-f1.8Buy on Amazon

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Industar50-250mmf/3.565g25 mmFull FrameM42 (screw mount)Review on Vintage Camera Lenses

Video Review
Industar-50-2-50mm-f3.5Find on Ebay
PanasonicLumix G ASPH20mmf/1.7100 g26 mmmFT (m4/3)mFT (m4/3)Review on Imaging Resource

Video Review
Lumix-G-ASPH-20mm-f1.7-pancake-lensBuy on Amazon

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PentaxSMC-DA Limited70mmf/2.4130g26mmAPS-CPentax KReview on Pentax Forums

Video Review
Pentax-SMC-DA-70mm-f2.8Buy on Amazon

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PentaxSMC-FA Limited43mmf/1.9155 g27 mmFull FramePentax KReview on Pentax Forums

Review on Ephotozine
Pentax-SMC-FA-Limited-43mm-f1.9-pancake-lensBuy on Amazon

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VoigtlanderColor-Skopar SL II20mmf/3.5205 g29 mmFull FrameCanon EF
Nikon F
Pentax K
Review on Photozone

Video Review
Voigtlander-Color-Skopar-SLII-20mm-f3.5-pencake-lensBuy on Amazon

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Nikon NikkorGN Auto45mmf/2.8150 g31 mmFull FrameNikon FInfo on Mir

Review on Through the F-Mount
Nikkor-GN-Auto-45mm-f2.8Find on Ebay
Nikon NikkorAIS Series-E50mmf/1.8135 g33 mmFull FrameNikon FReview on Photopix ReviewNikon-Nikkor-AIS-50mm-f1.8Find on Ebay

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