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Hyper-wide 210° fisheye! Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye for Canon, Sony, Fuji, MFT

Hyper-wide 210° fisheye! Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye for Canon, Sony, Fuji, MFT
(Image credit: James Artaius)

Venus Optics has brought its latest unique lens, the Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye (opens in new tab) – a hyper wide-angle fisheye lens with a 210° field of view – to multiple mounts for crop sensor cameras. 

Originally released for Micro Four Thirds cameras, the Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye is now available for Canon EF-M, Fujifilm X and Sony E mount systems. One of our favorite optics, it's one of the best fisheye lenses (opens in new tab) on the market.

• Read more: Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye review (opens in new tab)

The optic has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 8mm on Olympus / Panasonic, 6.4mm on Canon and 6mm on Fujifilm and Sony. Boasting a close focusing distance of just 80mm, it's also ultra-compact and light, measuring just 45.2 x 82mm and weighing a mere 135g.

Unlike the company's Zero-D series of wide-angle lenses, the Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Circular Fisheye is specifically designed to capture images with a highly distorted, dramatic perspective. 

In addition to the 'conventional'  circular images that fisheye lenses are known for, the 210° field of view enables photographers to record a full 360° panorama with as few as 2 images (where standard fisheye lenses often require 6 or more).

The Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Circular Fisheye can produce 360° panoramas in just 2 images (Image credit: Venus Optics / Victor von Salza)
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The extreme perspective also means that the Laowa 4mm lends itself perfectly to VR photography applications, such as shooting spherical panoramas and creating virtual tour environments.

Further, the fast f/2.8 aperture makes the optic a capable performer in low light situations, making it adept for astrophotography.

Laowa claims that the lens possesses "outstanding sharpness" throughout the entire frame, since it features seven elements in six groups. This means that de-fishing your shots into rectilinear images in post-production should yield surprisingly sharp standard images. 

And of course, between its inherent properties and the 2x crop factor of Micro Four Thirds, the depth of field on the optic is so ridiculously deep that virtually no focusing is necessary; set to infinity at around f/5.6, everything will be in focus.  

The Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye is priced at $199 / £249 (AU$289). It is available now at Adorama for $199 and ships worldwide (opens in new tab).

Read more: 

The best fisheye lenses (opens in new tab) in 2020
The best cheap lenses (opens in new tab): affordable lenses for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras
The best Micro Four Thirds lenses (opens in new tab) for your Olympus or Panasonic camera

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.