Micro 4/3 Wide angle Lawoa or ?

Pauhana

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Stuck at home today waiting on package to arrive. So got to thinking which makes my wife very nervous. Currently use 12-100 F4 or Panny 15 for wide angle on my OM-1 but have been thinking of going a little wider. Don't really want fisheye. Looking at Laowa 10 f/2, or 7.5, Olympus 8-25, or Panny 9mm. Sometimes 12 not wide enough. primary use landscape and interior building and occasional astro shots. Lawoa and Panny primary interest as can also use on my Pen EP-5. Lawoa is manual focus and thats ok as i should be able to use focus peaking. Anyone using Lawoa? Cost wise used Lawoa around $300 Panny $450 or so, Olympus $750-800+ Dont think Oly 7-14 or Panny 8-18 is of interest to me.
 
I really like the Laowa 10/2. I purchased the 7.5 long before the 10 came out and have now replaced the 7.5 with the Laowa 6/2. I still have the 7.5 but if I am going to go wide, I prefer the 6mm and crop as needed vs the 7.5 but the 7.5 is more compact than the 6. They are all nice lenses with great sunstars.

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I should mention the 8-25 is an excellent lens but I rarely use it because of the size. I would rather throw the 6 and 10 in the bag as needed. The 8-25 does make a very nice walk around lens for the city or landscapes.
 
In addition to the Panny 8-18 (which you are not interested in), I have the Laowa 6mm 2.0 and the Panny 8mm 3.5 Fish. Both are nice and small to carry and use as need and provide great images. While you said you’re not interested in a fish, I can say that using DxO PureRaw ($129) as an LR plugin provides beautiful, defished results, with the resulting images quite wider than than the 6mm
 
I have a copy of the SLR Magic 10mm T2.1 - it is a bit big, but it has a nice cinematic look that I like. All manual as well, and seem to be a bit cheaper on ebay at the moment, for a slightly wider MFT lens.

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I have the Laowa 10mm on my second camera. My main camera has the Oly 12-45mm, but sometimes 12mm isn’t quite wide enough, and out comes the 10mm. Image quality is very good, and distortion is not obvious. For my purposes, 10mm is as wide as I care to go (I’ve tried 9mm but would often end up correcting the distortion and cropping, so effectively ended up at least 10mm equivalent).
 
I have and like the Laowa 10mm f2, and it is part of my standard small travel pack: O 14-150mm, O 75-300mm, O 25mm f1.8 (or P 20mm) and the 10mm. I like the electronic aperture control and metadata reporting. But truth be told, I will often just take the camera with the 14-150mm and no bag, so I lock the exposure with AEL and shoot a short series for stitching.
 
I really like the Laowa 10/2. I purchased the 7.5 long before the 10 came out and have now replaced the 7.5 with the Laowa 6/2. I still have the 7.5 but if I am going to go wide, I prefer the 6mm and crop as needed vs the 7.5 but the 7.5 is more compact than the 6. They are all nice lenses with great sunstars.

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The monochrome photo of the train is exceptional, Bruce.
The little 6mm looks like a very cool lens, as well.
 
I had the Oly 8-25 and liked it a lot, more than the PL8-18 f/2.8-4/0 or Pan 7-14 f/4 I had before. I prefer an AF zoom in this range, but from the reviews that I have seen the PL 9mm would be my pick. Here one:

 
I had the Oly 8-25 and liked it a lot, more than the PL8-18 f/2.8-4/0 or Pan 7-14 f/4 I had before. I prefer an AF zoom in this range, but from the reviews that I have seen the PL 9mm would be my pick. Here one:


actually thinking of renting the 9 to try it out
 
I have the PL8-18 and the PL9.

One day soon I will offload the PL8-18, the 9mm just has to much going for it, especially in the size dept. Not that the 8-18 is big, as such, but I find it to overlap to much with the standard zooms.
 
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