The Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D has just been launched in MFT mount – allowing it to be used on Panasonic and Olympus Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. This was one of a number of new lenses from the Chinese manufacturer Venus Optics that was announced at Photokina last year. The lens is already available in Fujifilm X, Sony E, DJI DL and Canon EOS-M fits.
Shown for the first time at the NAB broadcast trade show in Las Vegas, the compact lens has an effective 18mm focal length when used on an MFT body. The rectilinear wide-angle promises a near-zero distortion across the frame.
The manual-focus lens is made up of 15 elements in 10 groups – there are three extra-low dispersion elements and two aspherical elements in the construction.
Full-frame compatible: No
Mounts: Canon EOS M, Fujifilm X, Sony E, MFT, DJI
Effective focal length: 18mm (MFT)
Image stabiliser: No
Minimum focus distance: 12cm
Angle of view: 100 degrees (MFT)
Maximum aperture: f/2.8
Minimum aperture: f/22
Aperture blades: 7
Filter thread: 49mm
Supplied accessories: Front and rear caps, lens hood
Dimensions (dia x length): 60 x 53mm
Price and availability
The MFT mount Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D is on sale now for $499 / £485.
Originally used on Olympus and Panasonic mirrorless cameras, the Micro Four Thirds mount is also used on Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema cameras, and will also be used on the forthcoming Sharp 8K camera.