Why no 40mm pancake (or similar)?

Started Feb 9, 2018 | Questions thread
Teuchter G New Member • Posts: 15
Re: Why no 40mm pancake (or similar)?

alex2b wrote:

Panasonic GM1, Olympus 9mm bodycap, Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake, and Olympus 17mm f/2.8 pancake. I use the latter when travelling light, like city travels.

I have a similar setup including the 9mm bodycap but also (occasionally) use the 15mm bodycap and a (non-pancake) 7 Artisans 25mm manual lens. But I'd really like another bodycap lens and 20mm would be ideal for that.

A GM series or Pen PL with 9, 15 and 20mm bodycaps could all fit in a single pocket... The body-cap lenses may seem like toys but the IQ is good enough for casual out-of-the-pocket grab shots and make even pancakes seem bulky! And of course they come at pocket-money prices.

I suspect anything beyond 20mm is probably bending the bodycap concept too far and pancake is the only option. But a 30mm or 40mm pancake might be an interesting option for street portraiture. At the moment I use the Panasonic X 14-42 pancake zoom for that.

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