I know a lot of us have been hoping for a small prime wide angle lens beyond 12mm. There aren’t too many options out there. The several ultra wide zooms are rather good…but what if you don’t want the zoom? Well Laowa has finally opened up orders (pre-orders for the moment) for their new 7.5mm F/2 prime. You can read all about it on their site.
If this lens has decent corners and not very disturbing coma, it will be a great little lens to keep in the bag for landscape and especially nightscape images. The lens is rectilinear so no worries about fisheye like distortions. Hopefully there is not much barrel distortion. We’ll see. The nice part is it takes a 46mm filter on the front with what appears to be a removable hood. You can easily place a neutral density on there. Or perhaps a polarizer…though we are starting to get a bit wide for polarizers. With either of those on the filter thread, handholding a graduated ND filter would be easy and not require 100mm + filter sizes. Very small lens.
The photos they show are all really small online so I guess this means waiting for the lens to be released in order to see what it can do. I’m looking forward to trying it out.
Will you be getting one of these?