Micro Four-Thirds photographers know that the 2x crop factor generated from the sensor can be a huge advantage when shooting wildlife imagery as it doubles the effective focal length of a lens (turning a 300mm optic into a 600mm lens). However, for those looking to shoot wider views such as landscapes for architecture, this 2x crop can present challenges.
Luckily, Laowa has just announced a lens to solve this issue, with the Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D MFT sure to be near the top of all Micro Four-Thirds photographers wishlists, as the combination of a 20mm effective focal length and fast maximum aperture of f/2 may prove irresistible. However, dig a little deeper into the specification of this lens and the appeal grows.
MFT shooters use small, lightweight cameras such as the Panasonic G9 or Olympus E-PL9, so these dimensions are also important in the lenses they use too. The Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D MFT tips the scales at just 125g and measures only 53 x 41mm, making the lens one of the smallest wide-angle optics on the market and will enable you to carry it around in your pocket should you wish to leave the camera bag at home.
What’s more, the lightweight dimensions also means the lens is suitable for shooting video with a gimbal where payloads are limited and the Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D MFT can also be paired with drones that use the MFT mount.
Built with a ‘11 elements in 7 group’ design, the lens also features a 5-bladed aperture, enabling photographers to capture 10-point sunstars when shooting light sources with a small aperture such as f/18. The Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D MFT also features a CPU chip and motor, meaning that photographers can now control the aperture in-camera and record all the metadata in the EXIF.
Another important feature of this travel-friendly lens is the closest focusing distance, which is an incredible 12cm and this allows photographers to get up close to subjects and fill the frame using the 10mm native focal length. Despite the wide focal length, barrel distortion is well managed, making the lens suitable for architecture photography. The Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D MFT carries a price-tag of $399.