Venus Optics announces automatic aperture version of 7.5mm f/2 MFT

Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT sample image

Venus Optics announced the Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT (auto aperture). The company claims the Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT is the widest prime lens for Micro Four Thirds in the market, with a 35mm equivalent focal length of around 15mm. The lens has a 110-degree ultra-wide angle of view and consists of 13 elements of 9 groups optical design. The standard version of this lens weighs approximately 6oz (170g) and it is measured to be 55mm long. The auto aperture version is even lighter: 5.29oz (150g). With the 46mm filter thread, photographers are able to screw in a circular filter directly on the lens for extra convenience.

The recommended US retail price $549. Pricing may vary in different countries.

Ultra-wide-angle lenses bring 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 f/2 aperture, the company says.

The Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT is the third MFT lens assembled with a CPU chip and motor. The focus magnifier will be triggered for easier focusing when rotating the focus ring. It also allows the adjustment of aperture via the camera body and a no aperture ring design. Moreover, the metadata will be stored on EXIF and remote aperture adjustment can be realized.