Immediately after finding out that Canon will be announcing two new cameras in June, one of them possibly being their first mirrorless, it appears that Canon has more up its sleeve than camera bodies. According to Canon Rumors, there will also be a new pancake lens joining the Canon family very soon.
I’m actually just becoming familiar with the term “pancake lens,” a lightweight slim lens. By “slim,” I mean that the barrel of the lens is quite short, so the lens looks flatter than a normal lens. There are actually two kinds of pancake lenses: CSC (Compact Systems Camera) and SLR (Single Lens Reflex). The way these lenses are designed is actually quite simple. Simpler construction usually means there are fewer things that can break. Considering the fact that pancake lenses are quite popular to travel with, this can be a very good thing. I have even heard of people taking advantage of the pancake lens’ size and just slipping one into their pocket when they’re on the go.
Since the Canon lens isn’t official yet, the available photos are fairly limited. The above image shows an Olympus Zuiko 25mm f/2.8. You can get an idea of how pancake lenses are constructed from this diagram.
The upcoming Canon pancake lens will be EF 40mm f/2.8 that will supposedly cost less than $300. It sounds like 2012 is going to be a big year for Canon releases!