Laowa 7.5mm f/2 vs the MFT Wide-Angle Zooms – Quick comparison

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Updated on July 17th, 2017

Lens manufacturer Venus Optics turned some heads at Photokina 2016 when it announced the widest rectilinear prime for the Micro Four Thirds system, the Laowa 7.5mm f/2.0.

It differs from the other ultra wide-angle offerings for the system in that it is small, fast and happens to be a manual focus prime instead of an autofocus zoom. Its compact design make it the perfect companion for aerial photography, travel or any situation that requires the lightest set-up possible.

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Panasonic Leica 8-18mm f/2.8-4 vs Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6 – The complete comparison

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The most natural point of comparison for the recently released Panasonic Leica 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0 is the only other high-end wide angle zoom for Micro Four Thirds, the Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO. (In fact, it was the very first comparison we published after receiving the Panasonic zoom to test.)

However, those drawn to the Leica’s versatile zoom range may also find themselves wondering how it compares to another wide angle zoom for the system with an almost identical range of focal lengths: the Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6.

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Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 vs Lumix 25mm f/1.7 – The complete comparison

Announced in June 2011, the Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 was the first Micro Four Thirds lens to have an equivalent focal length of 50mm (full-frame) and was the second Leica-branded prime from Panasonic. Today, there are a six different 25mm lenses for the system including the recent Lumix 25mm f/1.7, the “cheap and cheerful” alternative to its elitely-named cousin.

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Panasonic Leica 8-18mm f/2.8-4 vs Lumix 7-14mm f/4 – The complete comparison

For many years, the Lumix G 7-14mm f/4 was the sole wide-angle zoom in Panasonic’s range of Micro Four Thirds lenses. This changed, however, when the premium Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0 was announced at last year’s Photokina.

Despite their slightly different zoom range, both lenses are suitable for a similar range of genres including landscapes, architecture and events.

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Panasonic Leica 8-18mm f2.8-4 vs Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm f2.8 Pro – The complete comparison

When the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0 was announced at Photokina 2016, Micro Four Thirds users soon began wondering how it would compare to the other premium wide-angle zoom for the system, the Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO. Though they don’t share an identical zoom range, they are both intended for the same genres: namely landscapes, architecture, and interiors.

Over the past two weeks, we’ve had the chance to test these two premium zooms side-by-side and now that our testing is done, we can finally share our findings with you.

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