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Small as a stack of Oreos! Meet the new Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D MFT

Small as a stack of Oreos! Meet the new Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D
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Venus Optics has announced the smallest lens in its lineup, the Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D MFT – a ultra wide-angle optic that's so small, it's the same height as a stack of four Oreo cookies!

While the Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D MFT (Micro Four Thirds) has the specs to rank among the best wide-angle lenses (opens in new tab), it's not actually the widest lens made by the manufacturer. That honor goes to the Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye (opens in new tab) (though that, as the name suggests, is a circular fisheye lens (opens in new tab) rather than a pure wide-angle). 

Still, with its equivalent full-frame focal length of 20mm (possessing a 96° angle of view), the Laowa 10mm is still a ridiculously wide lens – and it has an almost ridiculously wide aperture, too, being a very speedy f/2. 

Speaking of the aperture, the lens marks something of a departure for Laowa as it is the manufacturer's first lens that comes equipped with a CPU chip, motor and electronic contacts. 

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While it remains a manual focus optic, this means that you can now adjust the aperture using the camera body, and focus magnification can be triggered when rotating the focus ring. And, of course, your metadata will now be recorded in the EXIF information of your files. 

The lens is a genuine pocket-sized prime, measuring a dinky 53 x 41mm and weighting a paltry 125g. It has a 46mm filter thread, enabling you to use it for all manner of shooting from architecture to astrophotography and landscapes to interiors. And with a useful 120mm minimum focusing distance, it becomes even more versatile.

The optical construction consists of 11 lens elements in 7 groups, with 5 aperture blades. It is also the second Micro Four Thirds to feature Laowa's Zero-D technology – which we have found to be historically brilliant at controlling (if not outright eliminating) distortion.

The Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D MFT lens is available for $399 (approximately £295.47 / AU$524.22) direct from Venus Optics (opens in new tab)

Read more: 

Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye review (opens in new tab)
Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL review (opens in new tab)
Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D review (opens in new tab)

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.