Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT

 
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(From Venus Optics / Laowa lens literature) Venus Optics, the camera lens manufacturer that previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, is proud to announce the world's widest rectilinear f/2 lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras, Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT.

The Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT is currently* the widest f/2 rectilinear lens ever designed for Micro Four Thirds cameras. It is an ultra-wide & ultra-fast prime lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 15mm. Despite the extreme specifications, Venus Optics has successfully minimized the weight of the lens to less than 200g (0.44 pounds) and the length to 55mm (2.2 inches). This compact and light lens is comprised of 13 elements in 9 groups with 2 aspherical elements and 3 Extra-low dispersion elements. The optical design successfully minimizes distortion and chromatic aberration but at the same time, delivers a superb optical performance from corner to corner.

The extreme 110° angle of view and ultra-fast f/2 aperture allows photographers to create impressive astro-photography shots with ease. It also gives photographers a fast and wide-angle option for landscape photography and low-light shooting. The lens also features a 46mm filter thread for screw-in filters.

Venus Optics also introduces a lightweight version of this lens and reduced the weight to merely 150g. The feather-light weight opens up new opportunities for photographers and pilots to shoot wider footage with gimbals and drones.

Availability
The Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT is available to pre-order on the Venus Optics (http://www.venuslens.net/) website and from authorized resellers. It comes in two colors: black and silver. Shipments will start in late May for the standard version and from July for the ultra-light version. Suggested retail price is US$499 for standard version and US$519 for the lightweight version. Pricing may vary in different countries.

* As of April 28 2017

Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT User Reviews

8.0/10 average of 1 reviews Build Quality 8.0/10 Image Quality 8.0/10
  • 8 out of 10 points and recommended by (1 reviews)
    Small Light Affordable High image quality
    Maybe too small

    For ultrawides for my Oly EM1.2, I had an old-but-good Oly 7-14 Four Thirds lens, a modern PanaLeica 8-18, and this very small Laowa 7.5. This summer I decided to complete my comparisons and choose one keeper. I immediately rejected the Oly 7-14 as being too heavy and hard to use filters on. I shot the two of them on a sturdy tripod and head. The Laowa surprised me with superior image sharpness at both F4 and F5.6 and no visible distortion (in landscapes). This one I'll be carrying happily in my rolling case.

    reviewed April 16th, 2018