We summarize our experience with all the native E-mount and a few (manual) legacy lenses in the 9-20mm bracket to give you a compact and independent resource for choosing the right super- to ultra-wide-angle lens for your Sony a7 cameras. In this summary we also included some adapted lenses we think are worth mentioning.
We also have a guide to 21-35mm lenses.
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Last update: February 2019
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Laowa 5.6/9 FF-RL
Status: Sample loaned by the manufacturer reviewed by Bastian who replaced his Voigtlander 10mm 5.6 with this lens
- super compact and the widest rectilinear lens available
- contrast and resolution are surprisingly good from wide open
- flare resistance slightly worse than the wide Voigtlander primes, very nice sunstars thanks to 5 straight aperture blades
- complex distortion and high vignetting (profile for LR available)
- Widest rectilinear lens available in a very compact package and with surprisingly good image quality
Laowa 4.5-5.6/10-18 FE C-Dreamer
Status: Sample loaned by the manufacturer reviewed by Bastian
- super compact (similar in size to Zeiss Loxia 21mm 2.8) and even slightly wider than the 10mm Voigtlander
- contrast and resolution are never great, needs stopping down to f/8 to f/11 for okay corner sharpness
- flare resistance worse than the wide Voigtlander primes, very nice sunstars thanks to 5 straight aperture blades
- complex distortion and high vignetting, hard to correct because of missing electronic contacs
- Widest rectilinear (zoom) lens available in a very compact package, but takes some work in post for good results