Kowa may not be a brand you know much about but if you’re a Micro Four Thirds (MFT) shooter, they could be someone you become more familiar with thanks to the three MFT lenses found in their range. These lenses are the Prominar Ultra-Wide 8.5mm f/2.8 (not a fisheye), Prominar Wide 12mm f/1.8, and Prominar 25mm f/1.8 standard lens.
David Thrope recently got hold of these 3 lenses to find out how well they perform and to see if they’re a trio of lenses all MFT fans should be investing in.
David says the 25mm lens is rather standard but both the wides are quite fast for their focal lengths and the build quality is really excellent, with David comparing them to 60’s and 70’s Nikon lenses. They’re all manual lenses and you won’t find any electronic contacts on them but focusing is smooth, silky and fairly heavily weighted, something video shooters will particularly like.
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