(P)REVIEW: LAOWA 10MM F2.0 ZERO-D MFT

The LAOWA 10mm F2.0 ZERO-D MFT is a tiny, light and bright wide angle for the Micro Four Thirds system. It is the first and therefore only fixed focal lens for this system with this field of view and brightness. The Laowa 10mm F2.0 Zero D MFT is really a unique (little) lens.

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TEST RESULTS Laowa 10mm F2.0 Zero D MFT:

PROS

CONS

  • Only 10mm (20mm eq) for MFT

  • Solidly built

  • Compact

  • Light

  • Electronic coupling

  • No autofocus

The Laowa 10mm F2.0 Zero D fills a hole in the MFT range that has existed for a long time.

The Laowa 10mm F2.0 Zero D MFT is a lens that makes you wonder why we didn’t have it before. Micro Four Thirds is the oldest mirrorless system and therefore has one of the largest set of lenses to choose from as a user. But if you were looking for a slightly larger wide-angle than 12mm, the choice was very limited. Especially if you were looking for something that was compact and light. Then you only had the Panasonic Lumix G-Vario 7-14 mm F4 and the Olympus M.Zuiko digital ED 9-18 mm F4-5.6. Both Panasonic and Olympus also have zooms with a higher brightness, but they are even bigger and more expensive. The Laowa 10 mm F2.0 Zero D MFT is the first lens with a 20 mm (equivalent) focal length and a brightness of F2.0 for Micro Four Thirds. It is also very small and weighs just 125 grams. This is not only ideal for gram-miser world travelers, but also for drone pilots and for vloggers who want to use a light gimbal.

What makes the Laowa 10mm F2.0 Zero D MFT extra special is that the lens has a CPU and motor for the aperture. That makes this the second lens from Laowa for this system that you can operate from the camera and that also transmits all EXIF. That’s nice for photographers and videographers and more or less indispensable for drone pilots, who can then operate the aperture remotely. It also ensures that the camera’s stabilization system is aware of the focal point of the lens so that it can do its work better. It also helps with focusing. The lens has no AF, but thanks to the chip, the camera ensures that the viewfinder image is enlarged when you focus manually. The Laowa 10mm F2.0 Zero D MFT has the Zero-D designation, which means that this lens must be almost free of distortion and therefore does not have to use lens corrections on this point.

BUILD

The Laowa 10mm F2.0 Zero D MFT is a robustly built lens with a manually operated focus ring. Because of the built-in CPU, this lens does not require an aperture ring. It is nice and small and very light, but not extra weatherproof. The optical design consists of 11 elements in 7 groups. The Laowa contains two aspherical elements and three elements of ELD glass. That’s quite complex for such a small lens. The diaphragm has 5 blades. That will not provide the most beautiful bokeh, despite the high brightness. What you do get with it are beautiful, ten-point stars around light sources or the sun as soon as you stop down a few stops. 46mm screw filters also fit on the Laowa, which further increases the possibilities of this lens.

FOCUSING

Just like other Laowas, the 10mm F2.0 Zero D has no autofocus. The focus ring has an engraved distance indication and a depth of field scale. For example, even without using the viewfinder for street photography, you can set your camera at about the right distance, and with the extra depth of field that you get because of the small MFT sensor, you’re pretty much on target from 1 meter to infinity at F8. The shortest setting distance is 12 centimeters, and that means that you can place a strong emphasis on subjects in the foreground with this Laowa. At F2, some background blur is easily achievable.

IMAGE QUALITY

We hope to have the camera in our test lab soon and will then publish a full review.

 

Laowa 10mm F2.0 Zero D MFT

 specifications
  
field of view (diag)96°
sensor formatMFT
min. setting distance12 cm
filter diameter46
diaphragm blades5
image stabilizer
dimensions (dxl)53×41 mm
weight125 gr
mountMFT
particularsmanual focus
importerwww.fotovideoretail.nl
list price€ 479.00
  
resolution/10
contrast/10
chromatic aberration/5
distortion/5
vignetting/5
autofocus/5
flare/5
finish/10
  
final score

ConclusiON: REVIEW

Laowa 10mm F2.0 Zero D MFT on Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III

As soon as we have the Laowa 10 mm F2.0 Zero D in our test lab, a complete review will follow.

The Laowa 10mm F2.0 Zero D MFT is available as a pre-order, and the list price is €479.00.