Venus Optics has announced a new Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT compact prime lens with automatic aperture for the Micro Four Thirds system.
Unlike the previous manual version, now Venus Optics has added an electronic chip providing metadata in EXIF, which allows photographers to control the aperture from the camera body.
Nevertheless, this automatic aperture version of the 7.5mm MFT lens has the same optical structure as the standard version of 7.5mm f/2. However, in the new version, the aperture blades have been reduced to 5 for some stunning 10-points sunstars.
Super Compact Lens for Micro Four Thirds
In addition, the Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT is the widest prime lens for Micro Four Thirds at the moment. The lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of around 15mm. Furthermore, its 110 degrees ultra-wide angle of view and its tiny body is perfect for the MFT system.
The optical construction encompasses 13 elements arranged in 9 groups delivering some stunning sharpness and impressive image quality overall.
The standard version of this lens weighs around 6oz, or 170g and is 55mm long. The automatic aperture version of the 7.5mm is even lighter at approximately 150g.
46mm Front Filter Thread
In addition, the lens features a 46mm filter thread enabling creatives to fit all sorts of affordable circular filters including polarizers and ND with ease.
Ultra-wide lenses rarely have fast aperture, so it’s nice to have a bright f2.0 aperture for low-light conditions.
Moreover, it brings a shallower depth of field to separate the subject from the background. The 12cm extremely short minimum focusing distance facilitates close-up photographs which also generates creamy and smoother bokeh with the bright f/2 aperture.
7.5mm f2 MFT Laowa now with Electronic/Automatic Aperture
The focus magnifier can be triggered for easier focusing when rotating the focus ring. It also allows the adjustment of aperture via the camera body, as the lens has no physical aperture ring .
And thanks to the new control chip, DJI Inspire X5S owners will find this lens particularly useful as you can now control the aperture remotely. Moreover, the metadata will be stored on EXIF further simplifying your photography workflow.
Currently, the manual version has 7 aperture blades, which generates 14-point sunstars. The number of blades of the new automatic aperture version has been reduced to 5, providing an alternative to photographers.
However, with the CPU chip and motor now installed, the lens provides photographers a different shooting experience.
Check out the new 7.5mm auto lens review by sulantoblog below:
Pricing and Availability
According to Venus Optics, the new 7.5mm f2 MFT “auto aperture” version is available now at $549 USD.
Keep in mind that pricing may vary in different countries due to import laws and taxes. You can pre-order at http://www.venuslens.net/ and authorized Laowa resellers across the globe.
via Venus Optics