WITH the Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT, Venus Optics has made a neat little lens that has a lot to recommend it. It’s small, lightweight, nicely built and handles well. Optically, it’s really good, too, especially when stopped down to f/5.6. Some might be deterred by its fully manual operation, but this didn’t bother me at all; a lot of the time I simply left it set to infinity focus and f/5.6.
However, the real question for potential buyers, I suspect, is whether they have a gap in their kit that can be filled by this kind of ultra-wideangle prime lens. For the majority of photographers, one of the Olympus or Panasonic zooms currently available would likely be a more practical option, especially as there’s a huge gap between 7.5mm and a 12mm standard zoom. But for landscape or architecture photographers who like to use filters and are happy to post-process raw files, it’s a really interesting option.