July 11, 2019

Venus Optics Unveils the 'World's Widest Full Frame Zoom Lens'

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.

Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D

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.

Tech Specs

  • 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D
  • Focal Length: 15mm
  • Max. Aperture: f/2
  • Angle of View: 110°
  • Full Frame
  • 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
  • Weight: 500g
  • Mounts: Sony FE, Nikon Z, Canon RF

Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom

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.

Tech Specs

  • 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    

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4 Comments

I'd rather shoot with the Nikon 13mm f/5.6. Not as fast, but impressively small distortion at 13mm gave it the 'Holy Grail' title.

July 11, 2019 at 5:30PM

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Joseph Arant
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Understandable. I shoot exclusively with Kubrick's NASA 50mm f/0.7, the corner resolution is impressive. "Accept no substitute!" I often say to everyone around me.

July 14, 2019 at 4:54AM

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Gleb Volkov
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The 15mm f/2 has been pretty awesome to work with the last few months. Looks super flying with a gimbal.

July 12, 2019 at 10:30AM

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Dan Hoene
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I can't wait to try these at my local rental shop

July 16, 2019 at 9:32AM

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Kyle Dockum
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