Why no 40mm pancake (or similar)?

Started Feb 9, 2018 | Questions thread
jf_tea Senior Member • Posts: 1,215
The Pana 20 and 14 are smaller than the 3 Pentax pancakes.
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jeffharris wrote:

alex2b wrote:

I used to think that as well, because neither Panasonic nor Olympus went beyond 20mm, but then I realized that Canon makes the 40mm pancake. If they can do it, why would the masters of lens size reduction not be able to do so?

Pentax makes a line of crêpe-thin lenses that make the 20mm and 14 f2.5 look obese.

By coincidence, I happen to have those 5 lenses : Pentax DA40, FA43, DA70, and, Panasonic 20 and 14mm. Those two Panasonic lenses are smaller than the 3 Pentax, in all directions.

And, I like all of them. Though I prefer the FA43 over the DA40

By the way, there is a thinner Pentax 40/2.8 pancake. It is the DA 40/2.8 XS which was the kit lens of the K01, a Pentax APS-C mirrorless camera.

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