September 13, 2016

Venus Optics Introduces the World's Fastest 15mm Lens and the Widest F/2 Lens

With a 15mm f/2 and 7.5mm f/2, Venus Optics has once again introduced "world's first" lenses.

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.      

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I'm gonna have to keep my eye on that 15mm f/2. If acceptably sharp wide open it could be an absolutely KILLER astrophotography lens. I have a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 that I use a fair bit for astrophotography, but more often than not I find myself going with the 24mm f1.4 because it's just SOO much faster. This could change that! Hopefully it's in the $1,000 range or less!

September 13, 2016 at 6:31PM

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David West
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Hardly on the $1,000 range though... ^^

September 14, 2016 at 12:14PM, Edited September 14, 12:14PM

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David Huxiley
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Their most expensive lens is $970, and most of their lenses are in the $400-700 range. I don't know... I know this has the potential to be much more expensive but looking at the company, it seems like they're making stuff with low-mid-range prices, so it would be pretty weird if they just randomly put out a lens that was more than twice the cost of their previous most expensive lens. It wouldn't surprise me if this lens was around $1500.

September 14, 2016 at 2:48PM

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David West
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"equipped with a 72mm filter threat" - I am thinking this was meant to be 'thread' although I do find lenses that are larger than 70mm at the front glass a bit intimidating :)

September 18, 2016 at 7:39AM

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Myke Scaffidi
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A 7.5mm F2.0 micro four thirds lens sounds perfect for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and the Nebula 4000.

Love it.

September 18, 2016 at 2:18PM

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