The 6 Best Pancake Lenses For Canon

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This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in August of 2018. There are a lot of photographic situations that call for as small a footprint as possible, and there isn't a lot you can do to reduce the size of your camera body. Fortunately, thanks to these pancake lenses, Canon shooters can minimize the amount of space their rig takes up without necessarily sacrificing their image quality. We've ranked them here by optical quality, durability, and value. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best pancake lens for canon on Amazon.

6. Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM

5. Neewer 35mm f/1.7

4. Voigtlander Ultron 40mm f/2

3. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

2. Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

1. Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM

Editor's Notes

October 16, 2019:

At this point in Canon's history, there hasn't been much R&D poured into their pancake options, and as a result there are no new on-brand options to add to our list. It would be reasonable to assume that their relatively new line of full-frame mirrorless cameras will get a pancake option or two in the years to come, especially considering the fact that the whole point of a mirrorless system is to shed size and weight from your kit. At the time of this writing, however, no such lens exists.

The one new addition to this list comes from a company that no one would have expected to manufacture a reliable lens just a few years ago. It's small enough to fit into a slightly stretched definition of a pancake lens, and it's made by third-party manufacturer Neewer. For about the last decade or so, Neewer has created a variety of budget camera gear, from flashes to tripods. They've grown in reliability and quality without seeing a corresponding increase in their prices, and they've very recently begun to add lenses to their catalog, including the surprisingly capable 35mm option we've place on our list.

Without much to add, we wanted to scrutinize the order of our previous ranking, and we've shaken it up from a new perspective, namely that these lenses are likely more often used on APS-C bodies than they are on full-frame cameras, meaning that their wider options (the 24mm and 40mm, specifically) will prove more useful with Canon's 1.6x crop APS-C crop factor than anything tighter than that.


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Last updated on October 20, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

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