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Laowa 17mm f1.8 MFT Wide Angle Lens $149

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If you've just bought the Olympus OM D EM10 Mark II and are looking for an interesting prime lens to compliment the kit lens, check this one out. Laowa is known primarily for their specialty wide angle lenses and this one is their newest and least expensive lens with generally good reviews. All metal construction, too.

Technically, this was their introductory price, but now all the major camera retailers are selling it at $179, however if bought through the manufacturer, this is still being sold at $149 with free tote bag and shipping (fast shipping too thru FedEx).

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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. It has a minimum focus distance of 15cm and a 46mm filter thread.

https://www.venuslens.net/product...m-f18-mft/
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May not matter to some people and at this price point I'm sure you wont find anything this fast w/ AF... That said, personally I'd probably save up for something with AF. I tried messing around on manual focus with some legacy glass and anything outside the studio was unnecessarily difficult for me to shoot.
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Manual Focus


May not matter to some people and at this price point I'm sure you wont find anything this fast w/ AF... That said, personally I'd probably save up for something with AF. I tried messing around on manual focus with some legacy glass and anything outside the studio was unnecessarily difficult for me to shoot.
Agreed. Their 7.5mm f2 lens is a fine and expensive lens that doesn't benefit that much from AF, but for a 17mm FL I'd rather save up for the Oly 17 or Pana 15 and worry less about missed focus. Of course, this is still a good deal if you don't mind MF.
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Agreed. Their 7.5mm f2 lens is a fine and expensive lens that doesn't benefit that much from AF, but for a 17mm FL I'd rather save up for the Oly 17 or Pana 15 and worry less about missed focus. Of course, this is still a good deal if you don't mind MF.
Right. If you're mostly shooting landscape AF wont matter. Set it to infinity and forget about it. If you're trying to capture candid portraits a lot of photos can be tainted by poor focus. I'm sure a purist will chime in here and tell us about how manual focus is better (and I'm sure in the hands of a very skilled photog it can be in some instances). I honestly never gave it the time it deserves to master the skill and plenty of my shots with AF are blurry anyways (esp with young kids). That said, having autofocus is probably well worth the price for the vast majority of people (esp your average slickdeal joe).

For me, the quintessential M43 lens is the pancake panny 20/1.7. Similar in focal length to this, slightly faster, much smaller profile (great for street photog), and has AF.
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Yes, if you're primarily doing point and shoot photography, this is probably not for you. If you're a hobbyist that has a bit of time to learn the basics of photography this is perfect for getting your feet wet. I've used this on my Oly OMD10 mII and if you use the magnification tool and peak focusing, this thing nails it pretty spot on. Like any prime lens you do have to plan your shots to some degree.

Also, minimum focusing is about 6" with 1:5 magnification, which isn't bad for a non-macro lens. You can also get some nice bokeh in close ups, if that's your thing. There are several YouTube video reviews which cover the lens pretty extensively and Lenstip did a nice technical review here [lenstip.com] that actually rated it higher than the Oly 17mm counterpart.
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Right. If you're mostly shooting landscape AF wont matter. Set it to infinity and forget about it. If you're trying to capture candid portraits a lot of photos can be tainted by poor focus. I'm sure a purist will chime in here and tell us about how manual focus is better (and I'm sure in the hands of a very skilled photog it can be in some instances). I honestly never gave it the time it deserves to master the skill and plenty of my shots with AF are blurry anyways (esp with young kids). That said, having autofocus is probably well worth the price for the vast majority of people (esp your average slickdeal joe).

For me, the quintessential M43 lens is the pancake panny 20/1.7. Similar in focal length to this, slightly faster, much smaller profile (great for street photog), and has AF.
Yep, for street photography, where you often don't look at the screen or EVF, good MF can be an advantage, and some say AF isn't needed for that, but then again, it's not like you can't turn it off, and the Oly 17 has a neat MF clutch that gives some mechanical feel and feedback.
The Pana 20/1.7 has AF, but it's slow... my vote for the 15! nod
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Don't buy this Chinese knock off crap. Name brand lenses are only slightly more expensive and you're actually supporting the companies that developed the technology. There's a reason that so many Japanese and American innovative companies have went bankrupt.

20mm f1.7 Panasonic lens is $270 and it has auto or manual focus.

https://www.amazon.com/PANASONIC-...893&sr=8-4
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IMHO the 25mm f1.7 Panasonic lens is a better primary len for those who have recently picked up the Olympus OMD E M10. A 17mm len (34mm equivalent) is considered a wide angle len -- good for landscape and scenic photos. A 25mm len (equivalent to a 50mm) is considered more of a standard view len. It is $148 and has the advantage of automatic focus with the Olympus.

https://www.amazon.com/PANASONIC-LUMIX-MIRRORLESS-THIRDS-H-H025K/dp/B014RD6RC0/ref=psdc_7161083011_t... [amazon.com]
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Manual Focus


May not matter to some people and at this price point I'm sure you wont find anything this fast w/ AF... That said, personally I'd probably save up for something with AF. I tried messing around on manual focus with some legacy glass and anything outside the studio was unnecessarily difficult for me to shoot.
check out the focus scale... you basically just set it for infinity if it's beyond 1m... you never touch focus for most situations. You only move the aperture to the desired DOF. Easy. I have an autofocus 12mm and this manual 17mm and don't miss autofocus until i get up to the portrait lenses. Arguable for normal lenses.
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check out the focus scale... you basically just set it for infinity if it's beyond 1m... you never touch focus for most situations. You only move the aperture to the desired DOF. Easy. I have an autofocus 12mm and this manual 17mm and don't miss autofocus until i get up to the portrait lenses. Arguable for normal lenses.
There's a huge difference between something focused at 1m vs focused at 2m
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Don't buy this Chinese knock off crap. Name brand lenses are only slightly more expensive and you're actually supporting the companies that developed the technology. There's a reason that so many Japanese and American innovative companies have went bankrupt.

Actually as approximately ten seconds on their page will show Laowa has created multiple unique designs matched by none of the OEMs and their Zero-D lens are in a class by themselves
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