Venus Optics Laowa 9 mm f / 2.8 ZERO-D is an ultra-wide angle lens, belonging to a series of glasses with almost zero distortion. The new model can already be ordered in the pre-orerery.
Venus Optics Laowa 9 mm f / 2.8 ZERO-D has been designed to work with APS-C matrices. As you know, if you do not have a full frame, it is not so easy to find a lens with a really wide angle. Especially when you do not have too high a budget. That's why the new Venus Optics lens can become a popular lens. The manufacturer took care not only about interesting technical parameters, but also about good quality technical design.
The most important information
- Type: APS-C
- Available mounts: Fuji X, Sony E and Canon EF-M
- Optics: 15 lenses in 10 groups
- Brightness: f / 2.8
- Manual lens
Lens with almost zero distortion
Distortion is a phenomenon that many wide-angle lenses suffer from. It is manifested by the fact that, at a wide angle, the image sometimes distorts. This in turn makes the individual elements look unnatural – for example, the edges of buildings are slightly rounded . Of course, this phenomenon can be eliminated digitally during processing, but it is definitely better to take a good photo right away. According to the producer, in the Laowa 9 mm f / 2.8 ZERO-D model, distortion was almost zero. The optical construction of the lens is advanced. It consists of as many as 15 lenses, which are arranged in 10 groups. Among them, we find two aspherical elements and three of ED glass. Such an advanced design is to ensure good optical quality of the lens.
Wide angle on APS-C
The lens is also one of the "widest" glasses on the market . 9 mm for APS-C is a really great result. We can also find on the market, for example, Tokina 11-16 mm, but this is a varifocal lens. There is not a lot of such a wide angle. It should be emphasized, however, that for a relatively small price we will find 8 mm focal length glass, which will usually be fisheye glasses that give a specific, rounded image. The focal length of Laowa gives a real focal length of 13.5 mm , so it is an ultra-wide angle, which is 113 degrees. Thanks to it, we will get interesting visual effects, without unwanted distortions. However, the question remains as to how much the lens will be sharp. Will we be able to get a sharp image even at the center by f / 2.8, or will we have to close it a bit? It is also worth mentioning that the minimum range of sharpening is only 12 cm.
What is the cost of Laowa 9 mm f / 2.8 ZERO-D
The new glass from Venus Optics just goes to stores. It is currently available for pre-sale. The lens can be ordered directly on the manufacturer's website . The model was priced at $ 499 , so we will pay a little over PLN 1800 for it in our market. As for these technical possibilities, it is not a very high price. Remember, however, that it is manual glass.At the beginning the lens will be available for three types of mounts – Fuji X, Sony E & Canon EF-M. As you can see, it is dedicated to bezłusterkowcom. And indeed, looking at its small dimensions it is safe to say that it is good for gimbal. The manufacturer provided additional promotion for the buyers. The first hundred people who place the order will receive a set of filters with a diameter of 49 mm, including: UV, ND 1000 and C-PL.