Ver­dict

Amateur Photographer - - Testbench Lens Test -

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.

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