Why no 40mm pancake (or similar)?

Started Feb 9, 2018 | Questions thread
mg_k Veteran Member • Posts: 3,203
Re: Why no 40mm pancake (or similar)?
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alex2b wrote:

I am not convinced. If you can create a 40mm pancake for a full frame camera, how would it be impossible to do that for a far smaller m4/3 sensor?

Answer is simple - moving forward they don't want to sell such a lens.

Firstly a pancake design is an optically compromised design, something's got to give to achieve the small compact size.

As a result most people aren't prepared to pay much on these lenses, especially with its inherent slow aperture.  Priced too high (say $300+) and they will become shelf warmers.

Priced too low and they don't make enough profit.

To survive bigger, heavier and more expensive pro lens is where money's at.

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