Owners of fisheyes or Laowa 7.5mm - thoughts on PanaLeica 9mm?

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Owners of fisheyes or Laowa 7.5mm - thoughts on PanaLeica 9mm?

I love my Olympus 8mm Pro. It replaced my Rokinon 7.5mm fisheye which also I loved. My reason for using fisheyes is the ability to shoot wide angle macros thanks to the excellent magnification at MFD.

Now comes the Panasonic 9mm, which unlike other UWA lenses seems to be a decent macro lens! Even better than the 8mm Pro in fact, with a magnification of 0.25x vs. 0.2x on the 8mm Pro.

Question: If you shoot a fisheye, or even a small, bright UWA like the Laowa 7.5mm, will you buy the PanaLeica 9mm?

It seems to offer the best of all worlds. Small, light, bright, great magnification, rectilinear and AFFORDABLE - as cheap as many manual focus third-party UWA primes.

My thoughts: If I were to choose between purchasing the 8mm Pro and PL 9mm now, I would choose the PanaLeica, not the least because of the price difference.

However I love the greater span of background seen in macro shots with the fisheye lens which rectilinear lenses cannot match. The 8mm can also be defished to be significantly wider than the 9mm. And ultimately the difference between 0.2x and 0.25x is something I can live with.

So it isn't enough of a reason for me to replace my 8mm Pro, but if I were a new buyer, I'd definitely swing for the PanaLeica.


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