As soon as there’s a few minutes of real sun and snow and blue sky, I’m outside. I packed a bunch of borrowed ultra-wide angles and tried out what they deliver outside. The candidates were the 6mm Laowa, the 7.5mm Laowa, the 9mm Nisi and the 9mm Lumix. The Lumix stands out from the quartet for four reasons: It is by far the fastest lens with a true f/1.7. It is the only one with autofocus. It is the only one that is badly sensitive to backlighting and it is the only one that has a really heavy ton in RAW, therefore has to be corrected digitally and therefore loses a lot of resolution at the edges.
The current prices in Euro:
- Lumix 9mm f/1.7: 490,-
- Laowa 7.5mm: 469,-
- Laowa 6mm: 569,-
- Nisi 9mm: 459,-
In view of the speed and AF, the Lumix is a bargain – just optically clearly inferior to its Chinese competitors. In the following, same subject, same location, all the same, aperture 5.6 everywhere. The individual reviews will come later.
Personally, the 6mm is my favorite, closely followed by the Nisi. The “seven and a half” is unbeatably small and light and the image quality is unimpeachable. But the aperture star….. Nisi and 6mm are just star monsters. You can do something like this with them:
And of course the cover picture is also made with the 6mm.