Venus Optics is continuing to bully their way into the market with unique lenses that offer something new at an affordable price. With their Laowa Zero-D label turning heads in the Full Frame market, they’ve decided to shift focus to bring that same quality to APS-C mirrorless mounts.

With the newly announced Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D, they give Fuji X Mount shooters an affordable alternative. However, for Sony and Canon mirrorless shooters, this is a godsend for lackluster lens lineups that shooters are desperately yearning to have matured. At $499, this lens could hit the sweet spot for several genres of photography that need an ultra-wide perspective.

Product Highlights

– Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
– Angle of View: 113°
– Format Compatibility: APS-C
– Lens Structure: 15 elements in 10 groups
– Aperture Blades: 7
– Minimum Focusing Distance: 12cm
– Maximum Magnification: 1:7.5
– Filter Thread: 49mm
– Dimensions: 60 x 53mm
– Weight: 215g



[REWIND: A New Nikon Mount? Yes Please & APS-C Would Seem Sensible For The Moment]

Crop Factor

Canon’s 1.6 crop X 9mm = 14.4mm
Fuji’s & Sony ’s 1.5 crop X 9mm = 13.5mm

If you shoot street, architecture, or landscape photography, this lens will nicely fit your needs. Astrophotographers would most likely prefer something faster than f2.8 but, they’d have a hard time finding something as wide, offering zero distortion, at a comparable price.

The Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D will be available for Sony E-Mount, Fuji X Mount, & Canon EF-M Mount. It will retail for $499 and you can pre-order your copy here.