Over the past couple of weeks I have been given the opportunity to try out one of the widest Micro 4/3 lenses out there, the Venus LAOWA 7.5mm f/2.0. After testing it for some time, I’d like to share some of my thoughts on how it performed and what I liked and didn’t like about it.
The timing for this was absolutely perfect because I had just gotten my Inspire 2/X5S Micro 4/3 camera, along with my Panasonic Lumix G85 Micro 4/3 camera. Between those two cameras, I owned a 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 (standard lens on the G85 that allows for a great range) and I also had a few primes like the 12mm Olympus, 45mm Olympus, and 15mm DJI. If you are unfamiliar with a Micro 4/3 system, the lenses are actually doubled in focal length when put on the camera, so a 12mm becomes 24mm, a 45mm becomes a 90mm, and this 7.5mm becomes a beautiful, ultra-wide 15mm lens.
My Reason for Owning a Micro 4/3
The main reason I decided to purchase a Micro 4/3 camera was to have a compact system that could shoot good 4K video. Since I was only looking to shoot real estate with it, I didn’t need the camera for anything crazy. All I really wanted was good stabilization in a smaller and easier to carry camera and higher resolution than what my D750 was putting out. Luckily, the Micro 4/3 cameras can do just that and after buying my Inspire 2 and all the lenses, I felt like it would be dumb not to get a Micro 4/3 camera where I can just share the lenses between the two systems. So between my drone and camera, I have the option to use the same lenses and shoot some pretty nice 4K video in a very compact, light, and portable camera. Right now, this is perfect for what I am doing, I look to upgrade to the GH5 just for a few extra video options, but like I said in my last article, I will upgrade as I feel the need to.
The wide lens is great for several things. For me, this lens has become the solution to all my real estate videos. I can use this lens to shoot an entire room no matter how tight it is because this was such a wide lens. If I felt the need to crop in, I could always scale in using the 4K my camera has which made composition a breeze. The low aperture was great to allow the most light possible if necessary. Usually I shot around f/4–5.6 but if it was really dark and I needed to, I had the option to stop all the way down to f/2. The size and weight of this lens was also great, very small, light, and easy to carry around. However, Venus LAOWA is also releasing a lighter version of this lens which could potentially help out a lot for travel or droning. You can see the difference from a 12mm to the 7.5mm below.
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Most of us know that drones usually come standard with a 24mm lens or so. I know the Phantom 3 Pro is a 20mm, the Phantom 4 Pro is a 24mm, and the Mavic Pro is a 28mm, but each of these drones are a bit different from one another. The