Venus Optics has a reputation for providing lenses with "extreme specifications," like its ultra wide Laowa 12mm f/2.8, the world's fastest 12mm lens. Now they're unveiling two "world's first" lenses, the Laowa 15mm f/2 FE and the Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT.

Laowa 15mm f/2

The "world’s fastest 15mm rectilinear lens" was designed specifically for Sony full frame mirrorless cameras, and like its 12mm f/2.8, features close-to-zero optical distortion. It comes equipped with a 72mm filter threat, so users can avoid purchasing expensive filter holders by adding standard screw-in filters right onto the lens. It weighs less than 1.1lbs (500g) and is 82mm long, so it's compact and portable to mirror the kinds of cameras it was designed for.

Technical Specifications

  • Focal length: 15mm
  • Maximum apterture: f/2
  • Angle of view: 110°
  • Format compatibility: full frame
  • Minimum Focus distance: 5.91” (15cm)
  • Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 0.25x
  • Focusing: manual focus
  • Filter thread: 72mm
  • Dimensions (DxL): Φ66×82mm
  • Weight: 1.10 lb (500 g)
  • Mounts: Sony FE


Laowa 7.5mm f/2

Venus Optics says that this 7.5mm lens is the "widest f/2 rectilinear lens ever designed for Micro Four Thirds cameras." It has an extreme angle of view of 110° and fast f/2 aperture, which is helpful in low-light situations. Weighing only 0.37lbs (170g), this lens is ideal for aerial cinematography with drones and , as well as handheld camerawork with gimbals.

  • Focal length: 7.5mm
  • Maximum apterture: f/2
  • Angle of view: 110°
  • Format compatibility: Micro Four Thirds
  • Minimum Focus distance: 4.72” (12cm)
  • Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 0.11x
  • Focusing: manual focus
  • Filter thread: 49mm
  • Dimensions (DxL): Φ50x55mm
  • Weight: 0.37 pounds (170g)
  • Mounts: MFT


There is no word yet on how much either of these lenses will cost, but both the 15mm f/2 and 7.5mm f/2 will be available in early 2017. Prototypes will be tested at Venus Optics' booth at Photokina next week. Head on over to Venus Optics' website to learn more.

Source: Venus Optics