Laowa 9mm vs Fuji 10-24mm

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David Hwang Forum Member • Posts: 94
Laowa 9mm vs Fuji 10-24mm

Now I have only one lens left: 16mm f1.4 which is I love the most among Fuji lenses.

I'm planning to buy 35mm f1.4 and an ultra-wide lens.

There are two candidates: Laowa 9mm f2.8 Zero-D and Fuji 10-24mm

Laowa 9mm

- 35mm equiv. 13.5mm super wide FL with only slight barrel distortion (as the name Zero-D indicates)

- looks good with x-t20

- small and light (215g)

- 500 USD

- I can't think of any other lens which has such a super wide angle with such light-weight and distortion characteristics.

- It's a MF lens, and it may be annoying at times (9mm FL will surely alleviate such annoyance though).

Fuji 10-24

- perfect zoom range for travel (IMO, at the same time it is not ideal for travel because of its size and weight).

- I think there might be overlap in usage with 16mm in real-use.

- I can buy it for 750 USD.

For right now, I'm a little more inclined to Laowa 9mm (I think I've read all existing reviews on this lens)

If it were 400 USD, I would have bought it already, but the price gap between Laowa 9mm and 10-24 doesn't seem to be that great for me, so I'm not sure.

Any suggestion or advice?

 David Hwang's gear list:David Hwang's gear list
Fujifilm X-T20 Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R Fujifilm XF 16mm F1.4 R WR Venus Laowa 9mm F2.8
Fujifilm X-T20
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