The Best Pancake Lenses to Make Your Camera Small

No, Pancake lenses don’t go well with maple syrup. The pancake lens is a favorite of so many photographers who want to travel light. Mmmm, the pancake lens. It’s one of our favorite optics for any camera. Mount it to your mirrorless camera and the package will be small and lightweight. It’s hard to hate on the image quality when the feeling is this great. Luckily for you, we’ve reviewed a ton of different pancake lenses. So we dove into the old Reviews Index to figure out which ones are the best. Without further adieu, here’s the list.

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5 Tasty Pancake Lenses That Will Make Your Mouth Water

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Pancake lenses have a special place in the hearts of many street photographers and documentarians. They get their name from their small, thin form factor and their weight (or lack of it). With a pancake lens attached, photographers can pick up a camera and walk around with them almost like they’re a point and shoot. After the break, we’ll share five pancake lenses that are fun to use. They’ll also impress with their image quality and overall performance.

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A Canon Pancake Lens for RF Cameras Would Rock, But We’d Like More

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A Canon pancake lens will be an excellent, small and affordable addition to the RF mount lens library.

There are no two ways about it; when it comes to lenses for Mirrorless cameras, Canon has been the most innovative company in recent years. Canon’s current lineup of RF mount glass is excellent, with perhaps the only negatives being the size of the lenses and the hefty price points that go along with them. Lately, we have been seeing and hearing mumbling of some new smaller and hopefully more affordable RF lenses, and one of these new lenses is a possible Canon pancake lens. After the break, we will talk about this and other pancake lenses we would love to see for Canon’s RF mount Mirrorless cameras.

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Review: Fujifilm GF 50mm F3.5 R LM WR (The Perfect Walk Around Lens)

If you’ve been looking for the perfect pancake lens for your Fujifilm GFX camera, the Fujifilm GF 50mm f3.5 is for you.

Fujifilm’s Medium Format platform has come on in leaps and bounds since the GFX 50S was introduced. The platform now has three excellent cameras to its name, and thanks to the Fujifilm GF 50mm f3.5 R LM WR lens, photographers who use the platform have nine first-party lenses to choose from. What makes this lens different from primes that have come before it on the platform? The GF 50mm f3.5 is a 40mm f2.8 equivalent pancake lens that should please street photographers, photo walkers, documentarians, and many more to no end. In July, we got to spend a day with a pre-production model of the lens. We have been eager to see if anything has changed in the full retail version. Check out our full review after the break. Continue reading…

Four Delectable Pancake Lenses Perfect for Mirrorless Camera Owners

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Cue the breakfast food jokes, no but really, these pancake lenses are as sweet as maple syrup.

If you like to keep the weight of your gear down to a minimum, don’t want to draw attention to yourself, and absolutely do not want to compromise on quality, these small, lightweight pancake lenses could be exactly what you’re looking for.

Pancake lenses have a special place in the hearts of many street photographers, and documentarians. They get their name from their small, thin form factor, and from their weight (or lack of it). With these lenses attached, photographers can pick up cameras and walk around with them almost like they are a point and shoot. When it comes to smaller Mirrorless bodies, when they have a pancake lens attached you can just about throw the camera in your pocket and go on about your day.

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Canon Patents Curved Diaphragm Technology for Smaller Lenses

Canon PatentCanon has been on a bit of a patent spree in the last few days and its latest idea could be curved diaphragm. A patent filing originally spotted by Egami suggests the Japanese camera giant will implement a new curved diaphragm to match the rounded shape of the lens. In theory the domed shape could save more space in smaller lenses such as the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens or EOS M lenses.

More recently, Canon patented a new string of pancake zoom lenses ranging from a minimum 10mm focal distance all the way to 55mm. These curved diaphragms might be the key to actually manufacturing collapsible zoom lenses. Still, this domed design leaves a lot of unanswered questions like how it will impact the lens’ bokeh. Normally every piece of glass has a flat iris aperture, where more blades (coupled with good glass) can create rounder bokeh balls with a smooth blurred background. Alternatively, a round aperture implemented with a Tilt-Shift lens might create some truly perspective shifting images if light manages to catches underneath the edges of the diaphragm.

Via Canon Watch