Chinese budget lens maker Venus Optics just announced the brand new Micro Four Thirds variant of the Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens. The latest 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D provides an extremely wide field of view when mounted on a Micro 4/3 camera.
Similar to the Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT, the 9mm f/2.8 features an ultra-compact body with an exceptional optics quality. It also provides a much more natural perspective for the Panasonic GH5 or BMPCC4K shooters to create impressive wide angle shots. The lightweight design and 100-degree angle of view make the lens an appealing option for vloggers as well.
The new Micro 4/3 offering has the same specifications and optical performance as the existing Fuji X, Sony E, Canon EF-M, and DJI DL mounts. All of them feature an ultra-wide 113-degree angle, cover Super35-sized sensor and have a close-to-zero distortion.
The Laowa 9mm is significantly wider than most wide-angle rectilinear lenses in the market. The ultra-fast f/2.8 aperture also provides more flexibility for both photography and videography applications.
The lens is carefully designed to reduce the optical distortion to a close-to-zero level. It allows straight lines to be perfectly retained and saves videographers tremendous time in post-processing. Venus Optics is reputable in producing distortion-free lenses for multiple systems including the widest f/2 lens full-frame E-mount cameras (i.e. Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D).
The size and weight of the lens have also been compressed to the minimal in its class. It weighs only 210g (0.46 lbs) and it’s 60mm (2.36 in) long. This compact and lightweight lens comprises of 15 elements in 10 groups with two pieces of aspherical elements and three pieces of Extra-low dispersion elements.
The optical design successfully minimizes the distortion and chromatic aberrations to its lowest but at the same time, delivers a superb optical performance. A 49mm filter thread is also included for cinematographers to use with ND filters.
Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Specifications
- Micro Four Thirds Mount
- 18mm (35mm Equivalent)
- Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
- Two Aspherical Elements
- Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
- Rectilinear Design, Low Distortion
- Frog Eye Dust & Water-Repellent Coating
- Manual Focus Design
- Built-In Petal-Shape Lens Hood
Pricing & Availability
Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D MFT is now available to order from Venus Optics authorized resellers and official website selling for $499. The lens will make its US debut in the upcoming NAB show in Las Vegas and can be seen at Venus Optics Booth (C11738).
[source: Venus Optics]
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Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens for Micro Four Thirds