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Is Leica about to teach Laowa a lesson? The new 9mm f/1.7 MFT could be on the way

Rumor site 43rumors.com has the scoop on a new Leica-badged ultra-wide prime for Olympus MFT cameras and Panasonic Lumix G models. This would be an exciting lens for MFT systems because so far only Laowa has ventured into this market with lenses like his 10mm f/2.

The LEICA DG SUMMILUX 9mm / F1.7 ASPH. will have an 18mm equivalent focal length at full frame, and it’ll go with a maximum aperture of f/1.7, which is very fast for such a wide lens. Weighing just 130g, it should also be much lighter than current ultra-wide zooms from Olympus and Panasonic.

Perhaps the most surprising feature is the price. According to 43rumors.com, the Summilux 9mm f/1.7 ASPH. will retail for $497.99 (about £403 / AU$498). That seems extremely cheap for a Leica-badged Summilux lens.

Other rumored specs include a 12-element 9-group optical configuration, including 2 aspherical lenses, 2 ED lenses, and 1 UHR lens, 7-blade aperture, and dust/splash proof design.

It will also have a 55mm filter thread, which is modest by APS-C and full-frame standards, but suggests a mid-size lens in MFT terms. It looks like you can install filters directly to the front, which is good news.

We like the Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D, but the rumored LEICA DG SUMMILUX 9mm/F1.7 ASPH. sounds even better. (Image credit: Rod Lawton/Digital Camera World)

It rather overshadows the Laowa 10mm f/2 lens, one of our old favourites. This lens is manual focus only, while we assume the new SUMMILUX 9mm/F1.7 ASPH. will have autofocus – and with a faster aperture and a similar price to the Laowa.

There is no definite news yet on the announcement or availability of the new Leica lens, but 43rumors.com expects it to be announced in 1-2 months. Hopefully so, and all the details disclosed are correct. We can’t wait!

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