New 7.5mm f2 announced! - Venus Laowa

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by tkbslc, Sep 13, 2016.

  1. tkbslc

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  3. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    The Laowa 12mm for FF got very very good reviews I believe, so one could hope for similar optical performance here as well.

    You'll inevitably have people to complain that it's a manual lens, but for instances this wide you're more than likely either doing landscape or indoor photography work. For anything street, simply set it to hyperfocal and shoot away.
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  4. Turbofrog

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    Mar 21, 2014
    Whoa! Depending on how much this costs and how well it performs, it might just see my fisheye heading out the door.

    Wow, good job Laowa. Very impressed with everything this company has come out with so far, to be honest...
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  5. tkbslc

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    Anyone that has used the Samyang 7.5mm FE will tell you that focusing is super easy. Even at f2, a focusing distance of 2m is already infinity.
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  6. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    Haha, at the risk of sounding especially obnoxious, I almost think 7.5mm is too wide. Would have been happier with something in the 9-10mm range for more day-to-day shooting. That said, this lens should be absolutely exceptional for astrophotography, assuming it can keep coma under control. Even if it has to be stopped down to f2.8, it's much smaller, lighter, and undoubtedly more affordably than the 7-14/2.8 it would be competing against in those circumstances.
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  7. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2013
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    This is impressive. Manual is totally viable in a lens this wide.
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  8. MRM

    MRM Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 9, 2013
    Seattle, WA
    Wow. If this has good performance it will sell boatloads. I am getting one unless it's a total dud. Most likely cost under 500 as well. I love manual wide angle lenses as I manually focus anything wider then 12 mm anyway. MFT chart if it can be trusted is very good in the center with fair corners. If it sharpens up in the corners by f4 it will really be a winner.
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  9. MoonMind

    MoonMind Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 25, 2014
    Good show - though for me it wouldn't replace the fish (I like my 180 degrees :)). But as others have said, if it's a solid performer, I'm interested ... And I'll definitely take a closer look at Photokina.

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  10. wjiang

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    7.5mm rectilinear is nowhere near as wide as 7.5mm fish-eye, so it can't be that unmanageable. I often think my 9-18 isn't wide enough, always use it as a 9mm prime...

    Hmm if this is available, will I still even need the 9-18?
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  11. agentlossing

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    Jun 26, 2013
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    Looks great! If that render is accurate, it looks quite small, judging by the size of the mount.
  12. Nathanael

    Nathanael Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 12, 2015
    Whatttt this is sweet. And f2. Damn.
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  13. tkbslc

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    The checklist of missing MFT lenses is getting very very small. What are we going to talk about then? :)

    The specs were listed. 170g and 55mm long. Close in size and weight to the 25mm f1.4 or Sigma 60mm.
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  14. wjiang

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    On closer inspection, that MTF chart is a little worrying. There is an immediate and steady fall-off in resolution from the centre, f/2.8 is not that different. I guess it's not that surprising given the size of the lens...
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  15. tkbslc

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    I actually agree with you, but there is such a huge difference between 15 and 20mm equiv, that a 10-10.5mm could still easily fit into the system.
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  17. wjiang

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    Voigtlander Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95. It's not really a landscape lens though.
  18. tkbslc

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    Here's what they look like next to the Olympus 7-14 Pro (Top chart). Unfortunately they use reversed colors:


    The Olympus is a little flatter throughout the range, while the Venus drops steadily. But the starting and ending points are quite similar.

    Here's the panasonic, too:
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  19. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    If it were as good as the Samyang 7.5mm FE, I would seriously consider it. Until it's out in the wild and there's substantial feedback I'm sticking with the 7-14 Pro. I am also coming to like the wide angle zoom capability for architectural work - it's a lot safer option than getting run over as I move forward and back to compose.
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