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How likely is an UWA prime?

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by crcal, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. crcal

    crcal Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    Honolulu, HI
    How likely do you think it is that Panasonic or Olympus will give us an Ultra Wide Angle prime like a 7mm or 8mm pancake lens?

    Just been thinking about it lately since I love the wide end of my 7-14mm lens and I'd love it if it was a smaller prime at the widest end.
  2. squeegee

    squeegee Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 26, 2010
  3. crcal

    crcal Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    Honolulu, HI
    Thanks, I know of that one. I'm wonering about a regular lens, not a fisheye.
  4. akulya

    akulya Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 21, 2010
  5. Krang

    Krang Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 19, 2010
    Ultrawide and small is probably quite hard to design. Just look at the 8mm fisheye size and imagine it corrected. The 8mm is also already quite a small lens…

    I would also like to see a wide angle lens but I doubt it's going to be very small. But I guess they will first release the more "normal sizes". The format is even missing the 25mm(50mm equiv.) lens.
  6. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Richmond, VA
    Richard Elliott
    I would be happy with a 10/2.8 pancake (if possible). That plus the 14/2.5 and the 20/1.7 would make a nice walking around set.
  7. crcal

    crcal Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    Honolulu, HI
    Yeah, you're probably right.

    I don't really want to spend $800 on a fisheye and then spend a lot of time correcting the images.


    I would love a 10/2.8 lens as well! But it probably wouldn't be small enough to be a "pancake."
  8. feppe

    feppe Mu-43 Regular

    Wide apertures are not that necessary on an UWA. You can handhold such a short focal length much easier than 20mm, let alone a telephoto. Also, the shooting you do on a UWA generally requires small apertures, rather than large.

    Sign me up for anyting smaller than 10mm, sharp and with little distortion!
  9. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 14, 2010
    Tura Beach, Australia
    So would I. If you could do it at about 3/4 the size of the 9-18mm M.Zuiko zoom (when collapsed) or less, I would probably consider it. Much of my shooting is done at 9mm and I could manage at 10mm.
  10. crcal

    crcal Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    Honolulu, HI
    Ok, I'll settle for a 10mm f/3.5 if it was a pancake! :smile:
  11. linkedit

    linkedit Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 6, 2010
    New Jersey, USA
    I've been hoping a prime like that would come out for m43. My favorite lens on my F3 was the 20mm f/2.8.
  12. Just can't imagine why a company would make a specialized lens like a fisheye over an UWA. The only thing I would consider a fisheye lens for is an expensive paperweight.
  13. crcal

    crcal Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    Honolulu, HI
    My biggest beef about the fisheye is the cost of it, which ensures I'll never buy one.
  14. Jackson Miller

    Jackson Miller Mu-43 Rookie

    Oct 29, 2010
    Fisheyes suck for UWA, especially if you are shooting video and cutting back and forth to lenses with no distortion. Looks horrible.
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