This New Laowa 7.5mm f/2 UWA (ultra wide-angle) lens has just been announced
This brand new manual focus lens from Laowa has been designed for Panasonic or Olympus Micro Four Thirds users
Sporting a massive angle of view of 110°, this beats both the Olympus 9-18mm f4-5.6 ZUIKO Digital ED and the newly announced Panasonic 8-18mm f2.8-4 ASPH Vario. Laowa have pointed out that this is the widest f/2 rectilinear lens ever designed for the popular format.
The astro and low-light landscape photographers dream
Thanks to its wide maximum aperture, this lens is perfectly designed for astrophotography or dusk and dawn landscape shots where you are working against the light. For those of you looking for a more unique perspective, the 12cm minimum focusing distance means that you can get some really creative angles in your compositions.
Featuring Laowa's signature build quality
Laowa has always produced sturdy feeling lenses, and thanks to the lightweight aluminium body and Hard Chromium mount, you can be sure this will be a great feeling lens - even though it only weighs in at 170g.
Price and availability:
Expect it to hit all good retailers at the end of May, priced at £499
Good news for drone users
This same lens is also set to be coming to the drone market, according to the announcement. However, those of you looking to expand your optical drone arsenal will have to wait until July/August when the lens will retail at £519.
UK Optics are pleased to announce the new Laowa manual focus lens for Panasonic/Olympus CSC cameras. The 7.5mm f/:2 UWA Lens for MFT.
With its acute 110° angle of view and ultra-fast f/2 aperture allows photographers to create extraordinary quality astro- photography shots with fabulous detail. It also gives photographers a fast wide-angle option for landscape photography and low-light shooting.
The Laowa 7.5mm f/:2 MFT is the widest f/2 rectilinear lens ever designed for Micro Four Thirds Cameras.
Wide angle and Fisheye lenses of a 7.5mm focal length are extremely difficult to construct, with such lenses barrel or pin cushioning distortion ie.; where vertical and horizontal lines tend to bow out away from the centre of the image, the correction becomes more challenging as the focal length decreases, therefore lenses that achieve this effect are called Rectilinear.
Despite the extreme specifications, Laowa have successfully minimized the weight and physical size of the lens to a mere 0.37 pounds (170g) and 55mm long.
The extreme 110° angle of view, ultrafast f/:2 aperture and featherweight, makes this lens an ideal option to pair up with drones for aerial photography. It also gives photographers a fast and wide-angle option for low-light shooting as well as landscape photography.
The build quality of the Laowa lens is exceptional. The lens body is made of lightweight aluminium and the lens mount is manufactured from Hard Chromium metal providing superb abrasion resistance and mount accuracy.
The lens is a Prime Manual Focus lens. The aperture ring operates in full clicks (f-stops). The detachable (metal petal shaped) lens hood is so small that you can in most cases leave it mounted to the lens.
The lens has a (46mm) filter thread and comes complete with the metal petal shaped detachable hood. The 7.5mm lens is available in a choice of either Black or Silver finish.
The RRP is £499 and availability will be end of May 2017.