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02-26-2012, 05:49 AM   #16
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Wikipedia: "A pancake lens is colloquial term for a flat, thin lens (short barrel), generally a normal or slightly wide prime lens for a camera."

Here we are offered two definitions: terminology - What is a pancake lens? - Photography - Stack Exchange:

"Pancake lens is a lens which is designed to be physically very thin and compact, relatively pocketable when combined with a slim body."

"Pancake lens" is a purely physical description. If the lens is significantly wider than it is long, it's a pancake lens. Actual overall size has nothing to do with it, and it has no implications about image performance, aside from the fact that it's generally very hard to pack a telephoto or fast prime into the pancake form-factor. It's worth noting that a "Pancake lens" does not have to be small or compact, and a small lens is not automatically a pancake lens. It's only a description of the lens form-factor."

You can guess that the scientist in me prefer the second of them since it is more exact and therefore more useful.

Strange enough, I cannot find a definition at camerapedia.

This blog, while not offering a definition, suggests that they should instead have been called "hockey puck" lenses. He has got a point there.

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Got my DA21ltd back from repair recently and finally had time for some street shooting with it. This is a pancake with any definition.









This is an awesome street lens. Currently doing my street shooting mostly with the DA21ltd and the DA70ltd on the K-5 and the M40/2.8 on the ME Super. Both very pocketable.
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Now this is definitely a pancake lens!

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Loving my old/new SMC-M 40! I had this in my film days but sold it off 5 years ago.. now it's back.

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Nice pancake pics.

I thought I read once that Pentax used the "pancake" description to describe any lens that is 1 inch long or less.
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What do you suppose are the chances of an ultra-wide (something in the single digits: I do know about the 15mm so-called ultrawide) in pancake/hockey-puck form? Craving....
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As stated above I always have my K20D with me and it almost always has the M40 pancake attached for ease of transport. I was flagged down by a neighbour this morning and treated to this sight.






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QuoteOriginally posted by starstuff Quote
What do you suppose are the chances of an ultra-wide (something in the single digits: I do know about the 15mm so-called ultrawide) in pancake/hockey-puck form? Craving....
I think it is very difficult if you also require good optical quality. There are the 17 and 18mm Takumar fisheye lenses of course, if you ever can call a fish eye good optically
Other than that, the 21mm limited is the widest pancake I know of. After that comes just the russian 28mm pancake, and the Rikenon XR 28mm f3.5 aspherical pancake lens. Most pancakes were/are produced in the 40-55mm range.
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The smc Pentax M 4/20 is definitly a Original Pentax Pancake Lens too!
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hi im new with lenses, and wondering:

i like the pancake lens being so thin, but does it also offer functions like the super wide lens or fish eye lenses? can i have fish eye pancake lens for example?
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Double the pleasure, spotted a Pentaxian with DA40Limited, and I was shooting him with DA40XS


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