Ultimate Comparison List with 52 Pancake Lenses for leightweight Street & Travel Photography. Compact Prime & Zoom lenses from 15mm to 105mm focal lenght.
52 Pancake Lenses

For this post we compared 52 interchangeable pancake lenses with Street & Travel Photographers in mind.

The less size and weight a street and travel photographer has to carry, the more energy he/she has left to explore and photograph the world. This simple fact is already a good reason to get interested in pancake lenses. Another point is that a small lens and camera combination does appear less serious to a non photographer. This can turn out favorably when going closer and photographing candidly. It also can make people curious and become a conversation starter by itself.

With few exemptions pancake lenses are build as prime lenses with a single focal lenght (between 15-105mm, Full Frame equiv.). To save space and weight most of them are based on simple optical formulas, using fewer glass elements than an average sized prime lenses. This makes some of them more prone to optical aberrations such as fringing. Nonetheless the simple construction designs still provide exceptional, sharp image results when used correctly.

Together with a nice sized camera body a well picked pancake lens has the potential to become the “everyday”, “always on” lens. Something street and travel photographers seem to long for in the long run.

Widest & Longest Pancake Focal Lengths (FF.equiv)

From the comparison data we summed up the number of available focal lengths (Full Frame equiv.) and plotted the chart below

3 pancake zoom lenses have been excluded
  • The pancake lens with the widest focal length is Samsung EX-F10ANW 10mm f/3.5. The FoV is 15mm (Full Frame equiv.)
    Note it is a Fisheye lens!
  • The pancake lens with the longest focal length is Pentax SMC-DA Limited 70mm f/2.4 is. The FoV is 105mm (Full Frame equiv.)
  • The typical field of view for a pancake lens is between 40mm and 45mm – 19 out of 49 pancake lenses provide a “normal” field of view.

Fastest & Slowest Pancake Apertures

From the comparison of 49 pancake prime lenses we added up the number of available apertures. and plotted the chart below.

3 pancake zoom lenses have been excluded
  • The pancake lens with the fastest aperture is Panasonic Lumix G ASPH 20mm f/1.7
  • The pancake lens with the slowest aperture is Asahi Pentax Takumar Fisheye 18mm f/11
  • The typical pancake lens aperture is f/2.8. 21 from 49 pancake prime lenses have a f/2.8 aperture.

Lowest Pancake Length & Weight

  • The lightest pancake lens is Pentax SMC-DA XS 40mm f/2.8. It weights 52g only.
  • The shortest (non-folded) pancake lens is MS Optical Super Triplet Perar 28mm f/4. Its lenght measures 5mm only.

Pancake Lenses Comparison Table

The table below lists 52 interchangeable pancake lenses, basic characteristics including Fov, Aperture, Available camera mounts, weight, lenght and links to (video) reviews.

When is a lens a pancake lens?

To sort out the sheep from the goats we looked at a broad set of lens sizes and decided to call lenses pancake, only when their physical lenght is equal or less than 30mm.

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.
    • For example enter “Full Frame” in the search field and only Full Frame compatible lenses will be displayed in the list.
ManufacturerLens NameField of ViewApertureAvailable mount(s)FocusWeight (g)Height (mm)Sensor(Video) ReviewsPicture
Asahi PentaxTakumar Fisheye18mmf/11M42 (screw mount)MF098 g12 mmFFReview on PentaxforumsPentax-Fisheye-Takumar-18mm-f11
Rebranded as:
Kobalux, Pasoptik
Wide28mmf/3.5M39 (screw mount)MF099 g17 mmFFReview on cameravillekobalux avenon 28mm f3.5 pancacke lens
CanonLTM28mmf/2.8M39 (screw mount)MF160 g20 mmFFMini Review on 35mmc

Review on legacycamera
CanonEF STM40mmf/2.8Canon EFAF260 g22 mmFFReview
on Imaging Resource
ChinonAuto Revuenon45mmf/2.8Pentax KMF110 g19 mmFFReview on Pentaxforums
Chinon Auto Revuenon 45mm F2.8 Pentax
Contax ZeissTessar T*45mmf/2.8M42 (screw mount)MF090 g19 mmFFReview on Photography ReviewContax-Zeiss-Tessar-T-45mm-f28
Rebranded as:
Vivitar & Porst
Cosinon Auto MC40mmf/2.5Pentax KMF110 g20 mmFFReview on Pentaxforums

Discussion Thread on MFlenses
Cosina Cosinon 40mm f2.5 Pancacke Lens
FujifilmFujinon XF27mmf/2.8Fuji XAF078 g23 mmAPS-CReview on Findingrange

Video Review
Industar50-250mmf/3.5M42 (screw mount)MF065 g25 mmFFReview on Vintage Camera Lenses

Video Review
Industrar6928mmf/2.8M39 (screw mount)MF064 g21 mmFFReview on Imagination-worksIndustrar-69 28mm f2.8 Pancacke Lens
KonicaHexanon AR40mm f/1.8Konica ARMF140 g25 mmFFReview on The Weekend LensKonika-Hexanon-AR-40mm-f1.8
Leica Summaron28mmf/5.6Leica MMF195 g18 mmFFReview on macfilosLeica Summaron 28mm f5.6 M Pancake Lens
LeicaSummicron-C40mmf/2.0Leica MMF126 g22 mmFFReview on 35 MMCLeica-Summicron-C-40mm-f2.0
LeitzHektor28mmf/6.3M39 (screw mount)MF110 g13 mmFFInfo on ldtomeiLeitz Hektor 28mm f6.3 Pancacke Lens
Minolta Rokkor-X45mmf/2.0Minolta MDMF125 g25 mmFFReview on ERPhotoreview

Video Review
MinoltaAuto Rokkor TD 45mmf/2.8Minolta MDMF127 g15 mmFFDiscussion Thread on Photo.net

Photo Examples on Big Big Lens
MS OpticalPerar17mmf/4.5Leica MMF060 g10 mmFFReview on Japan Camera Hunter

MS OpticalSuper Triplet Perar21mmf/4.5Leica MMF055 g05 mm (folded)FFReview on 35 MMCMS Optical Super Triplet Perar 21 mm f4.5
MS OpticalSuper Triplet Perar28mm f/4Leica MMF055 g05 mmFFReview on Leica Liker
MS OpticalApoqualia-G28mmf/2Leica MMF070 g05 mmFFReview on Japan Camera HunterMS-Optical-Apoqualia-G-28mm-f2
NeewerE28mmf/2.8Sony EAF102 g29 mmAPS-CVideo Review by Arthur R

Customer Reviews on Amazon
meike neewer 28mm f2.8 pancake lens
NikonNikkor10mmf/2.8Nikon 1AF077 g22 mmCXReview on Photographyblognikon-niikkor_-1-10mm_f2.8-pencake-lens
Nikon NikkorAi-P45mmf/2.8Nikon FMF120 g17 mmFFReview on Ken RockwellNikon-Nikkor-Ai-P-45mm-f2.8-pencake-lens
OlympusM.Zuiko17mmf/2.8mFT (m4/3)AF071 g22 mmm4/3Review on Photography Blog

OlympusZuiko Digital25mmf/2.8mFT (m4/3)AF095 g24 mmm4/3Review on Imaging Resource

Video Review
OlympusE.Zuiko Auto-S38mmf/2.8Olympus PEN FMF070 g14 mmFFInfo on AllphotolensesOlympus E.Zuiko Auto-S 38mm f2.8 Pancacke Lens
OlympusAUTO-S ZUIKO OM40mmf/2.0Olympus OMMF140 g25 mmFFInfo on Mir

Review on Photography Review
PanasonicLumix G 14mmf/2.5mFT (m4/3)AF055 g21 mmm4/3Review on Imaging Resource

Video Review
PanasonicLumix G ASPH20mmf/1.7mFT (m4/3)AF100 g26 mmm4/3Review on Imaging Resource

Video Review
PanasonicLumix G Vario 12mm-32mmf/3.5-f/5.6 mFT (m4/3)AF070 g24 mmm4/3Review on Ephotozinepanasonic-lumix-g-vario-12-32mm-f3.5-5.6-pancake-lens
PanasonicLumix G Vario X14mm-42mmf/3.5-f/5.6 mFT (m4/3)AF095 g27 mmm4/3Review on Imaging RessourcePanasonic Lumix G Vario X 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 Pancake Lens
PentaconPrakticar MC50mmf/2.4Praktika BMF160 g27 mmFFDiscussion on Zeisskonveb (in German)Pentacon Prakticar 50mm f2.5 Pancacke Lens
Pentax SMC-DA Limited21mmf/3.2Pentax KAF119 g25 mmAPS-CReview on Photozone

Video Review
PentaxSMC-M40mm f/2.8Pentax KMF110 g18 mmFFReview on Casual PhotophilePentax-SMC-M-40mm-f2.8
PentaxSMC-DA Limited40mmf/2.8Pentax KAF090 g15 mmAPS-CReview on Photozone

Video Review
PentaxSMC-DA XS40mm f/2.8Pentax KAF052 g09 mmFF
Review on Imaging ResourcePentax-SMC-DA-XS-40mm-f2.8-pencake-lens
PentaxSMC-FA Limited43mmf/1.9Pentax KAF155 g27 mmFFReview on Pentax Forums

Review on Ephotozine
PentaxSMC-DA Limited70mmf/2.4Pentax KAF130 g26mmAPS-CReview on Pentax Forums

Video Review
RicohXR Rikenon28mmf/3.5Pentax KMF055 g19 mmFFReview on MediumRicoh Rikenon XR 28mm f3.5 Pancacke Lens
RicohXR Rikenon45mmf/2.8Pentax KMF052 g19 mmFFReview on mannyquintoRicoh XR Rikenon 45mm f2.8 Pancacke Lens
SamsungEX-F10ANW10mmf/3.5Samsung NXAF072 g26 mmAPS-CImaging Resource ReviewSamsung-EX-F10ANW-10mm-Fisheye-Pancake-Lens-110
SamsungEX-W16NB16mmf/2.4Samsung NXAF072 g24 mmAPS-CReview on Photozone

Video Review
SamsungEX-W20NB20mmf/2.8Samsung NXAF089 g24 mmAPS-CReview on Photozone

Review on The Phoblographer
SamsungEX-S30NB30mmf/2.0Samsung NXAF081 g22 mmAPS-CReview on Photozone

Review on Imaging Resource
SonySEL16F2816mmf/2.8Sony EAF070 g23 mmAPS-CReview on Imaging Resource

Video Review
SonySEL20F2820mmf/2.8Sony EAF069 g20 mmAPS-CReview on The Phoblographer

Video Review
SonyPZ OSS16mm-50mm f/3.5-f/5.6Sony EAF116 g30 mmAPS-CReview on Ken RockwellSony PZ OSS 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 Pancake Lens
VoigtlanderColor Skopar SL II20mmf/3.5Canon EF
Nikon F
Pentax K
MF205 g29 mmFFReview on Photozone

Video Review
VoigtlanderColor Skopar LTM28mmf/3.5M39 (screw mount)MF163 g26 mmFFReview on 35mmcVoigtlander Color Skopar 28mm f3.5 LTM Pancake Lens
VoigtlanderColor Skopar SL II28mmf/2.8Canon EF
Nikon AI-S
MF180 g24 mmFFReview on ePhotoZinevoigtlander-color-skopar-sl-II-n-28mm-f28-pancacke-lens
VoigtlanderColor Skopar P II35mmf/2.5Leica MMF134 g22 mmFFReview on 35mmc

Video Review
voigtlander color skopar 35mm f2.5 Pancacke Lens
VoigtlanderUltron SL II 40mmf/2.0Canon EF
Nikon F
Pentax K
MF200 g24 mmFFReview on F-Stoppers

Video Review

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