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    Is the 12mm f2.0 the widest m43 autofocus prime?

    My very first two m43 lenses were the 20mm pancake and the 7-14 zoom.

    I have now added to my armoury and would have liked a wide angle prime. All that I have been able to see is the 12mm f2.0 (ignoring fish eye) and it seems odd that the widest prime is so close to the top end of the wide angle zoom (12 and 14 are pretty similar).

    Have I missed something?

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    Re: Is the 12mm f2.0 the widest m43 autofocus prime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tonygamble View Post
    My very first two m43 lenses were the 20mm pancake and the 7-14 zoom.

    I have now added to my armoury and would have liked a wide angle prime. All that I have been able to see is the 12mm f2.0 (ignoring fish eye) and it seems odd that the widest prime is so close to the top end of the wide angle zoom (12 and 14 are pretty similar).

    Have I missed something?

    Tony
    You missed nothing, Tony.
    So far that M.Zuiko 12mm f2.0 is the widest autofocus prime lens available.

    If autofocus is optional then perhaps the KOWA PROMINAR 8.5mm f2.8 is of any interest to you.
    Kind regards.
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    Re: Is the 12mm f2.0 the widest m43 autofocus prime?

    Thanks Bart,

    Autofocus is least necessary with wide angles.

    Have you heard of anyone around here with one?

    Tony

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    Re: Is the 12mm f2.0 the widest m43 autofocus prime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tonygamble View Post
    Thanks Bart,

    Autofocus is least necessary with wide angles.

    Have you heard of anyone around here with one?

    Tony
    Sorry Tony, nobody here is shooting this brand AFAIK.
    I've been tempted, but when the 7-14/2.8 was announced my interest cooled down a bit.
    Now I'm not so sure anymore regarding ultra wides and decided my 12-40/2.8 is wide enough ...

    For everything related to (m)43 you may find this site interesting: four-thirds.org

    Kind regards.
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    Re: Is the 12mm f2.0 the widest m43 autofocus prime?

    The 8.5mm Kowa tests out very well at Photozone.de. But it is exxy for a non-AF lens with no EXIF capability. Distortion correction is superb (with 17 elements it should be), unlike that of the 12mm f/2; without software correction, the 12s distortion is a considerable 5.4% barrel!

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    Re: Is the 12mm f2.0 the widest m43 autofocus prime?

    with 17 elements it should be

    And at 1,000 UKP over here.

    Hard to justify methinks.

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    Re: Is the 12mm f2.0 the widest m43 autofocus prime?

    Haha, KOWA 8.5mm / 2.8 ... € 1486

    I love my Samyang 7.5mm / 3.5 .... € 230 !

    Okay, okay, Kowa is 6x better

    Kowa 440g / 0.20m near / 71x86 mm
    Samyang 197g / 0.09m near / 60x48 mm


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    Re: Is the 12mm f2.0 the widest m43 autofocus prime?

    Quote Originally Posted by hot View Post
    Haha, KOWA 8.5mm / 2.8 ... 1489

    I love my Samyang 7.5mm / 3.5 .... 250 !

    Okay, okay, Kowa is 6x better
    But isn't that Samyang a Fish-eye ?
    And I've seen the Kowa on the Bay (DE) for 889,-
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    Re: Is the 12mm f2.0 the widest m43 autofocus prime?

    Technically the Pany/Olympus 8mm fisheyes are the widest AF primes.

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