Venus Optics announces development of four new Laowa lenses

Venus Optics, the company behind Laowa-branded lenses, has announced that four new optics are currently in development.

The Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom, 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO, 17mm f/4 GFX Zero-D and 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye MFT are all set to be made available later this year. 

The company claims the Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom is currently the widest zoom lens available for Sony full-frame E-mount cameras, such as the Sony A7 III and Sony A9. Aimed primarily at travel photographers, the lens features a 130º angle of view and a rear filter slot, together with an aperture ring that can be de-clicked for video recording.

Read more: Sony A7 III review

The Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO, meanwhile, also produces an imaging circle that satisfies the dimensions of a full-frame sensor. It's the second 2:1 macro lens in the Laowa lineup, and will be made available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K and Sony FE mounts.

Venus Optics also claims the 17mm f/4 GFX Zero-D is currently the widest available native lens option for Fujifilm G-mount cameras, with a close-to-zero distortion optical setup and three extra-low dispersion elements to keep chromatic aberrations low.

The final lens, the 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye MFT, offers a circular 210° angle of view and weighs just 135g.

All four lenses will make their first public appearance at the Venus Optics booth (T225) at the Beijing P&E Imaging Fair next month. Prices are still to be confirmed but the first samples from the quartet are expected to start shipping from the middle of the year.

Read more: Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro Lens arrives

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Matt Golowczynski

The former editor of Digital Camera World, "Matt G" has spent the bulk of his career working in or reporting on the photographic industry. For two and a half years he worked in the trade side of the business with Jessops and Wex, serving as content marketing manager for the latter. 

Switching streams he also spent five years as a journalist, where he served as technical writer and technical editor for What Digital Camera before joining DCW, taking on assignments as a freelance writer and photographer in his own right. He currently works for SmartFrame, a specialist in image-streaming technology and protection.