Venus Optics has announced two new lenses with Sony E-mount options through their Japanese parent company Sightron. The first is the Laowa 9mm F2.8 Zero-D, and the second is the Laowa 25mm F2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro lens.

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The lenses have yet to appear on Venus Optics website, but thanks to Photo Rumors here’s what we know about these lenses:

Laowa 9mm F2.8 Zero-D

The Venus Optics Laowa 9mm F2.8 Zero-D is an wide-angle prime designed for mirrorless APS-C cameras. It has mount options for the Sony E, Fuji X, and Canon EF-M mounts. With a 113° angle of view, Venus Optics claims this lens is the widest angle F2.8 lens currently available for APS-C cameras.

The lens is scheduled for April, but the price is still unknown.

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SiteLong Japan Co., Ltd. announces the new product “LAOWA 9mm F2.8 Zero-D” of LAOWA (Venus Optics).

Product Overview

  • Product name LAOWA 9mm F2.8 Zero-D
  • Suggested retail price Open price
  • Expected market price TBD
  • Scheduled release date around early April 2018

Main Product Features

  • This product is the best lens for photographing landscape photographs, architectural photographs, interior photographs, star photographs and so on.
  • Use 3 special low dispersion lens (ED lens) and 2 glass aspheric lenses luxuriously. By adopting an optical design with extremely reduced distortion to zero, it is possible to capture landscape photographs and architectural photographs without the influence of distortion.
  • It is the widest angle lens (113 °) lens among the wide-angle lenses for APS-C cameras of the open F 2.8 which are on sale now.*
  • It adopts metal enclosure with excellent robustness and luxury. Effective flower type hood is attached.
  • This product is the brightest, the most compact and lightweight lens among the same class products. Because it is very convenient to carry, it is also ideal for daily snapshot.

*As of February 1, 2018 VenusOptics examined

Main Specifications

  • Focal length: 9mm
  • Maximum F value: F2.8
  • Viewing angle: 113 degrees (corresponding format: APS-C)
  • Lens construction: 10 groups of 15
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 7
  • Shortest shooting distance: 12 cm
  • Maximum magnification: 0.13 times
  • Filter diameter: φ 49 mm
  • Weight: ~ 215g* Variable depending on mount
  • Corresponding mount: FUJIFILM X, Canon EF-M, Sony E

*Product specifications are subject to change without notice due to improvements etc.

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Laowa 25mm F2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro

The second lens announced is the Laowa 25mm F2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro lens for full-frame cameras. It’s planned to be available in April with Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, and Sony FE mounts. Pricing is yet to be announced but rumors are saying it will be around $400 USD.

Here’s a review of the lens by YouTuber Richard. You can also find sample photos on his website.


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SiteLong Japan Co., Ltd. announces the new product “LAOWA 25 mm F 2.8 2.5-5 X ULTRA MACRO” of LAOWA (Venus Optics). LAOWA 25mm F2.8 2.5-5x ULTRA MACRO is a macro exclusive lens with a magnification of 2.5x to 5x.

Product Overview

  • Product name LAOWA 25mm F2.8 2.5-5x ULTRA MACRO
  • Suggested retail price Open price
  • Expected market price TBD
  • Scheduled release date around early April 2018

Main Product Features

  • It is a macro lens for full size of manual focus.
  • The shortest shooting distance is 173 to 223.5mm and shooting magnification 2.5 to 5 times is available.
  • It is possible to secure a working distance of 40mm (5 times) to 45mm (2.5 times) by optical design with a special configuration. It can correspond to various lighting to obtain better shooting result.
  • By adopting ultra low dispersion lens (UD lens), by appropriately suppressing chromatic aberration and color fringe, it is possible to capture images with high sharpness and high color reproducibility.
  • Each lens is coated with multilayer coating, minimizing ghost and flare. Therefore, under a strong light source, it is possible to take pictures with a very high contrast and neutral color.
  • Adopting a metal enclosure with excellent robustness.
  • It is compact, lightweight and excellent in portability.

Main specifications

  • Focal length: 25mm
  • Open F value: F2.8
  • Field of View: 10.3 degrees
  • Lens construction: 6 groups 8 pieces
  • Minimum aperture: F16
  • Maximum aperture: F2.8
  • Minimum photographing distance: 173 mm to 223.5mm
  • Working Distance: 40mm – 45mm
  • Shooting magnification: 2.5 times to 5 times
  • Number of diaphragm blade: 8
  • Weight: 400g
  • Corresponding mount: Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony FE

*Product specifications are subject to change without notice due to improvements etc.

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