Pocketability of pancakes

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by rapsquared, Jan 17, 2015.

  1. rapsquared

    rapsquared Mu-43 Regular

    May 7, 2011
    Having gone through a whole gamut of adapted lenses, and still finding the whole thing heavy for an entire day's walking around, the lumix 20 pancake has rekindled my photography itch. The pocketability has let me carry my camera almost everywhere all the time ☺



    ATM, may daily walk-around kit consists of the ep3, lumix 20, and an adapted Zuiko 135. I'm thinking of adding the Pana 14. Aside from the Pana 14, what other lenses with comparable slim profiles are there?
  2. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nothing can quite compare with the P14/P20 for slimness, except for the body cap lenses. The ones I like using with my GM1 are the P12-32, PL15, O45, and Samyang 7.5 FE.
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  3. TassieFig

    TassieFig Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 28, 2013
    Tasmania, Australia
    The Panasonic 12-32 is tiny and could, if you don't mind the loss of speed, replace the 2 pancakes and make it even easier to carry.

    The 9mm body cap lens is great fun too and better than you would expect from of such a minuscule thingy.
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  4. listers_nz

    listers_nz Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 22, 2013
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    The list of native micro 4/3 pancake lenses is as follows

    Panasonic 14mm
    Olympus 17mm f/2.8
    Panasonic 20mm

    Panasonic 12-32mm
    Olympus 14-42mm EZ
    Panasonic 14-42mm PZ

    Fixed aperture body cap lenses:
    Olympus 9mm fisheye
    Olympus 15mm

    Have I missed any?

    And for something a bit different there is an adapted Industar-69 28mm f/2.8 which with its L39-M4/3 adapter is similar in size to the 14mm (does take a little bit of modification to get infinity focus though)
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  5. Darren Bonner

    Darren Bonner Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 1, 2013
    Poole UK
    The other lens I consider worth getting is the Olympus 45mm, although it is not a pancake lens, I was still surprise by how small and light it was. The P14, P20 and the olympus 45mm make an excellent trio of high quality and ultra portable lenses with great image quality.
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  6. rapsquared

    rapsquared Mu-43 Regular

    May 7, 2011
    Thanks for the suggestions guys, after research I decided to round out my kit with the samyang fisheye and the oly 45
  7. brettmaxwell

    brettmaxwell Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 8, 2012
    Great suggestions here. My tiny kit for a while was GM1, P14, P20, O45. I swapped the P14 out for the P12-32 for the occasion I want zoom or stabilization in video. Both have been fantastic setups, and likewise have rekindled my love for casual shooting (I also shoot professionally with FX Nikon gear). The only change I'm considering is the bodycap 9mm for an ultrawide, and maybe the P45-175 for telephoto, though I'm not sure how often that larger lens would join the kit.
  8. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    Sigma lenses are often overlooked, but they are great value and 60mm is as sharp as 75mm (if not sharper).
  9. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Agreed, and while its certainly small for a 120mm equivalent, its not in the same league size-wize as the other prime lenses mentioned here. Despite preferring the images from the 60mm, I'd take the 45mm over it as part of a compact kit.
  10. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Is the Sigma 60mm also designed for APS-C sensors, like their 19mm and 30mm?
  11. RichardB

    RichardB Snapshooter Subscribing Member

    Nov 19, 2012
    Maryland, US
  12. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    They do have it in Sony mount. Probably the best portrait option for NEX system.
  13. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    Probably late on this one, but the Olympus 9mm BCL fisheye is about as pancake as it gets.
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