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World’s Widest f/2.8 Lens for APS-C Mirrorless Cameras

World’s Widest f/2.8 Lens for APS-C Mirrorless Cameras

World’s Widest f/2.8 Lens for APS-C Mirrorless Cameras

With the likes of Nikon, Canon, Tamron, Sigma, Sony and few others the space in DSLR lens market is limited. However the popularity of mirrorless is creating demand for lenses that are being filled in by smaller manufacturers. For a fraction of price you get some great options both in terms of performance and built quality. Checkout the lineup of third party lenses here.

Venus Optics in an email communication to us have announced their new lens the Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D. It claims to be the World’s Widest f/2.8 Lens for APS-C Mirrorless Cameras. The Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D features a 113° Angle of View, Ultra-fast f/2.8 aperture, close-to-zero distortion, 49mm filter thread & less than 0.5 pounds in weight. Going by the specifications this could be a great option for bot still and video photographers.

Angle Of View Comparison
Angle Of View Comparison

Press release:

Anhui China, Mar 21, 2018 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, is proud to announce the world’s widest rectilinear f/2.8 lens for mirrorless APS-C cameras, Laowa 9mm f/2.8 ZeroD.

Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D is the third member of the Laowa ‘Zero-D’ line-up and they all feature an excellent control of the optical distortion which is commonly appeared in ultrawide angle lenses. This new lens is an ultra-wide & ultra-fast prime lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length of around 13mm. Despite the extreme specifications, Venus Optics has successfully minimized the weight of the lens to less than 0.5 pounds (215g) and 2-inch (53mm) long.

This compact and light lens comprises of 15 elements in 10 groups with 2 pcs of aspherical elements and 3 pcs of Extra-low dispersion elements. This optical design successfully minimizes the distortion and chromatic aberrations to its lowest but at the same time, delivers a superb optical performance from corners to corners.

The extreme 113° angle of view and ultra-fast f/2.8 aperture allows photographers to create impressive astro-photography shots with ease. It also gives photographers a fast and wide-angle option for landscape photography and low-light shooting. For videographers, the compact size of this lens is friendly to the use of gimbals or even handheld shooting without much of shaking. The lens is designed with a 49mm filter thread which gives additional portability for screw-in filters.

It comes with both Sony E, Fuji X & EOS-M mounts.

Here are some of the sample images.

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With the marketing tagline of ‘CARRY LESS, CAPTURE MORE’, it also appear to perform more in various lighting conditions.

The Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D is currently available to pre-order in the official website of Venus Optics (http://www.venuslens.net/) and their authorized resellers. Recommended Retail Price in US (without tax) is USD 499/pc. Pricing may vary in different countries.

About the Manufacturers:

Anhui ChangGeng Optical Technology Company Limited (Venus Optics) is a new Chinese camera lens manufacturer based in Hefei, Anhui. They currently manufacture and distribute camera lenses under the brand name of ‘Laowa’.
For more information about Anhui ChangGeng Optical Technology Company Limited and their products information, visit http://www.venuslens.net/

 

 

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