How likely is an UWA prime?

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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Given the size of the market, another uwa prime is very unlikely any time soon.

however, the 8mm fisheye can be used as one
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.

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.
True.

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

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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!
 

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Yeah, you're probably right.

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

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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.
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.
 

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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.
My biggest beef about the fisheye is the cost of it, which ensures I'll never buy one.
 

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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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