New Laowa wide angle 7.5mm lens released!

Laowa 7.5mm F/2 Lens

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?

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2 thoughts on “New Laowa wide angle 7.5mm lens released!

  1. I didn’t even know about this. I have the 7-14/2.8 which works well, but filters would be expensive to add and bulky to tote into the back country for Milky Way stuff. I’m very interested in reading some reviews when they come out. I don’t have the 12/2.0 either, though I’ve considered the 25/1.2 primarily as an all weather night sky tool, but it’s pretty heavy. I moved from Canon 1D gear to Olympus OM-D gear in my late 50’s primarily because I needed weather sealed and sturdy gear without giving up image quality.

    1. I can’t wait to try the 7.5 on stars. I have some trips coming up…I need to get a hold of this lens I think… The 25 1.2 would be too tight for me unless I was shooting small sections of the sky. Plus shutter speed would have to be pretty fast not to show star trails. The more telephoto you go, the quicker the trails show up.

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