Venus Optics adds not one, but TWO "world's first" to their stellar Laowa lens line.
If you're a full frame mirrorless shooter and a fan of Venus Optics' unique Laowa lenses, you're in for a treat. The camera lens manufacturer has unveiled two interesting pieces of glass, the Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D, which is the world's widest rectilinear f/2 lens, and the Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6, the world's widest full frame zoom lens.
Let's take a look at the features that make these two lenses worth some attention.
As stated before, Venus Optics claims this lens is the widest f/2 rectilinear lens for full frame mirrorless cameras (Sony FE, Nikon Z, Canon RF mounts). What does the "Zero-D" mean? Well, this lens is part of the Laowa lens line that offers close-to-zero distortion with a 110-degree angle of view.
The lens is small and lightweight at 3.23" long and 1.1 lbs. It features a close focusing distance (6" from the sensor), f/2 aperture that will allow you to capture some nice wide angle close-ups with plenty of bokeh.
15mm f/2 FE Zero-D
Focal Length: 15mm
Max. Aperture: f/2
Angle of View: 110°
12 elements in 9 groups (2pcs of Aspherical Elements + 3pcs of Extra-low Dispersion Elements)
Aperture Blades: 7 (Sony FE), 5 (Nikon Z / Canon RF)
Min. Focusing Distance: 15cm
Max. Magnification: 1:4
Filter Thread: 72mm
Dimensions: 77.2 x 82 mm
Mounts: Sony FE, Nikon Z, Canon RF
Currently, this lens is the widest full frame zoom in the market, meaning you will be able to get some truly unique wide-angle shots with its 102-degree to 130-degree field of view. And with a 5 straight blade aperture, you're going to be able to capture nice, sharp sunstars. Like the 15mm, this lens is also small and lightweight at 3.5" long and 1.1 lbs.
- 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom
- Focal Length: 10 – 18mm
- Max. Aperture: f/4.5 – 5.6
- Angle of View: 102° – 130°
- Full Frame
- 14 elements in 10 groups
- Aperture Blades: 5
- Min. Focusing Distance: 150mm
- Max. Magnification: 1 : 4
- Manual Focus
- Filter Thread: 37mm (Rear filter thread)
- Dimensions: 70 x 90.9 mm
- Weight: 496g
- Mounts: Sony FE, Nikon Z
Pricing and Availability
Both lenses are available now for $849.
If you want to learn more about these lenses, head on over to Venus Optics.