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Venus Optics Announces Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D | Widest f/2.8 Mirrorless APS-C Lens

By Wendell Weithers on March 24th 2018

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.

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Wendell is based in Atlanta where he shoots events, portraits, and food photography. He also supports his wife Andrea as she runs their cake design business, Sweet Details.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Christian Fiore

    Unfortunately, the record 4EV of vignetting wide open will make this lens useless for astro and low light work. Unless heavy vignetting is your thing…

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