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Laowa 17mm f/1.8 MFT lens announced! Review by Richard Wong.

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The  new Laowa 17mm f/1.8 MFT lens has been announced and can now be preordered at VenusLens.net (worldwide shipment).

Laowa 17mm f/1.8 MFT is perfect for street, travel and everyday photography. Weighted 6oz (172g) only, this remarkably light, compact and agile lens serves as an exceptional complement to MFT cameras. It is a great tool that should be in every photographers’ kit bag. The wide angle of view(65°) pair with the large f/1.8 aperture can easily handle different lighting conditions. The lens houses nine elements in seven groups, and has a seven-blade diaphragm to give a traditional sunstar rendering in out-of-focus highlights.

Richard Wong tested the lens:

Laowa has just released a new 17mm f/1.8 lens for micro four thirds camera. The price is only US$149 and it’s also quite a compact and light weight lens. But is this lens good enough and what are the gotchas?
Apart from the usual image quality tests, I also used this lens to do a bit of street photography. And I’ll share with you my photos and test results in this video.

And a test video shot on the new lens:

 

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