Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D review

This tiny Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D ultra-wide prime brings electronic aperture control and camera communication

Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D
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Digital Camera World Verdict

This is a brilliant ultra-wide prime for Micro Four Thirds photographers who like their prime lenses small. The f/2.0 maximum aperture is impressive in a 20mm equivalent lens and the in-built electronics bring automatic manual focus aids and aperture control. It could be just a little sharper at the edges, but that's a small complaint. This is a terrific little MFT lens at a terrific little price.


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    Small and affordable

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    Super-fast f/2.0 aperture

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    Close-focusing capability

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    Distortion-free images


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    Over-sensitive focus ring

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    Infinity marking not accurate

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The Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D is made specifically for Micro Four Thirds cameras from Olympus and Panasonic, and fills a niche gap in the lens ecosystem. 

While the Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D isn't the widest lens for the format (with the likes of the Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye and Olympus M.Zuiko 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye Pro out there), it is the widest non-fisheye – one that boasts the titular Zero Distortion and an amazingly fast f/2 maximum aperture.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at