If you’re like me and have been living under a rock for the past few years then you’re probably wondering who on earth is Laowa and are they worth the time? Laowa (Venus Optics) has been around since 2013 already have a few lenses in their lineup. One of their newest lenses is the 9mmF2.8, I was fortunate enough to get a hold of a pre-production unit to play with (I got the Fujifilm Mount). I want to thank my contact at Laowa Australia for the opportunity.
As with all pre-production units, things may change in the final production iteration. So let’s begin…
Disclaimer: This is not a review, in fact, it probably shouldn’t even be called First Impression granted that I’ve only had it for approx 20 mins of solid use. So if you’re expecting fancy charts and mathematical equations please stop reading.
Fujifilm Camera Australia and DigiDIRECT held a workshop that showcased the highly anticipated X-Pro2 and X70. The people at Fujifilm Camera Australia were also kind enough to share the full range of XF lenses to try from the 10-24mm through to the 100-400mm. Unfortunately as there was only 1 unit of the X-Pro2 we had to share it around so most of us only had a good 20 mins or less of solid use, so this is purely my impression of the camera after 20 mins.
While holding the unit my first thoughts were its size, it felt big in my hands compared to the more familiar X-T1. Unfortunately without having used the X-Pro1 I cannot compare their sizes, it feels bulky and solid like a miniature tank. Personally, I prefer the DSLR-like style and design (hence the X-T1 is my preferred camera) just a personal preference.