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Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens for Sony E

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Venus Optics
Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens for Sony E
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 13.5mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Two Aspherical Elements
Pairing an ultra wide-angle field of view with an especially compact design, this Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D from Venus Optics is a Sony E-mount lens offering a 13.5mm equivalent focal length. As a Zero-D lens, this 9mm f/2.8's optical design is specifically meant to limit distortion for clear and accurate portrayals of landscapes and architectural subjects. The optical construction also incorporates a pair of aspherical elements and three extra-low dispersion elements to control both spherical and chromatic aberrations for improved sharpness and reduced color fringing. A Frog Eye Coating has been applied, too, to repel dust and moisture from the front element of the lens to benefit working in trying environmental conditions. Its sleek and lightweight design is well-matched to mirrorless bodies and is ideal for everyday shooting as well as use on gimbals. Additionally, a petal-shaped lens hood is also incorporated into the lens' design to reduce flare and ghosting when working in strong lighting conditions.
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Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Overview

Pairing an ultra wide-angle field of view with an especially compact design, this Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D from Venus Optics is a Sony E-mount lens offering a 13.5mm equivalent focal length. As a Zero-D lens, this 9mm f/2.8's optical design is specifically meant to limit distortion for clear and accurate portrayals of landscapes and architectural subjects. The optical construction also incorporates a pair of aspherical elements and three extra-low dispersion elements to control both spherical and chromatic aberrations for improved sharpness and reduced color fringing. A Frog Eye Coating has been applied, too, to repel dust and moisture from the front element of the lens to benefit working in trying environmental conditions. Its sleek and lightweight design is well-matched to mirrorless bodies and is ideal for everyday shooting as well as use on gimbals. Additionally, a petal-shaped lens hood is also incorporated into the lens' design to reduce flare and ghosting when working in strong lighting conditions.

Ultra wide-angle 9mm f/2.8 prime is designed for APS-C-format Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras and provides a 13.5mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/2.8 maximum aperture is well-suited to working in low and difficult lighting conditions.
Rectilinear design renders subjects with minimal distortion in order to suit landscape and architectural applications.
Three extra-low dispersion elements reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for increased clarity and color neutrality. Two aspherical elements are also featured to limit spherical aberrations for improved sharpness.
A Frog Eye Coating has been applied to repel both dust and moisture for added protection when working in inclement conditions.
Manual focus design offers a minimum focusing distance of 4.7".
Built-in petal-shaped lens hood shields the lens from stray light to reduce flare and ghosting and also protects the front elements from accidental impacts.

Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Specs

Focal Length9mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 13.5mm)
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageAPS-C
Angle of View113°
Minimum Focus Distance4.72" / 12 cm
Maximum Magnification0.13x
Optical Design15 Elements in 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size49 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.09 x 2.36" / 53 x 60 mm
Weight7.6 oz / 215 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.81 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)3.85 x 3.8 x 3.6"

Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Reviews

Great but heavy vignetting

By Hector Jesus
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-16

It's a great lens. And if you don't mind vignetting then it's perfect!

WIDE NON-AUTO w/o the Fish Eye

By Francois
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-04

Great lens if you need a really wide APS-C Sony E-Mount lens without any fisheye distortion. Filters go on easy as well. The only downside is that NONE of the automatic features usually associated with a lens work with this one - NO AUTOFOCUS & NO AUTOEXPOSURE. You even have to set your camera to Release w/o lens to simulate operating the camera with no lens. If you rely on AF & AE, you may want to pass on this. However, focus can be set to Infinity since this is a very wide fixed lens. You'll just have to be mindful of what f-stop you have set. Also consider that this may be the widest APS-C E-mount lens available (I could not find anything wider.)

Mind-breakingly Wide!

By Collin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-30

This is my first ultra-wide angle lens, and in the month since I bought it I've really been enjoying it! With how wide it is, virtually no distortion, and the close focusing distance, makes it so you pretty much have to reprogram your brain when framing shots. Numerous times I would get ready to take a shot, only to realize I had to get A LOT closer to whatever my subject was. The small form factor is also a huge plus, and the main reason I was drawn to it. Anything outside of close focusing distances, you can leave the lens set to infinity and even wide open everything will be in perfect focus. There are a few cons though: My copy is a little stiff when attaching and reattaching it to the camera body. I'm not sure if its a universal issue, but its worth noting. The vignetting is a known fault, but I've come to accept it as just a compromise Venus Optics had to make. Its not too difficult to adjust for when processing images. There is also the problem with filters. While its marketed that the Laowa 9mm can accept lens filters, there is a caveat that comes with it. With such a wide focal length, screwing on filters will introduce heavy vignetting in the far corners of your image. You might be able to get around this by using a step-up ring and substantially larger filters, but I have yet to test this. Regardless of its faults, I would highly recommend having this lens on hand. Its small, sharp, handy, and crazy wide.

Loved It

By Jobelle
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-02

As a hobbyist and amateur photographer, I really loved this. I took it on a big 20-mile hike, and it's the best because of its light weight. Every ounce really makes a difference! It's my only lens that is light enough that it doesn't tip the body on my XT4 over. It's ultra wide frame makes it great for landscapes and astrophotography. I look forward to getting more creative with my framing too. No regrets here!

My Favorite Real Estate LENS

By Alejandro
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-03

This lens is a gem for real estate shots, it gives me great results and zero distortion is wonderful.

I love this lens.

By Kevin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-25

Put it onto one of my small fuji bodies. It has stayed there making me wonder what camera I will put my 23 onto. I had a 15mm voigtlander that I loved. Just set the aperture to 4.5 or 5.6, set the infinity distance to 4.5 or 5.6, control exposure with shutter speed and you are good to go: everything is in focus. This can capture interiors and outdoor scenes with a focus object like nothing else. Great for combined interior/ exterior through a window shots.

Too much vignetting

By Dylan
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-04

Great quality in the hand, no distortions, great sharpness. But it's not usable at F2.8 since there's soo much vignetting at this aperture. You have to be at F/8 or F/11 to get great shots. For real estate photography you can't use flashs with this since you have to be at 1/40s or slower at F/11.

Didn't fit camera well, soft

By Liam
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-02

I think I got a bad copy. I saw a Youtube video where the guy doing the demo got one just like mine. Hard to fit onto camera, and then soft image. Something went wrong at the factory. Returned it. Went out today and bought a used Rokinon 12mm at my local camera shop and I'll never look back. Sharp! (Still no autofocus, but cheaper than the Laowa 9mm lens.)

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Is focus peaking available when using this lens?
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Robert's question was is focus peaking avalable with this lens? Not; does this lens have focus peaking. Not all lenses enable focus peaking on a camera that has focus peaking but yes this one does. Check out Tom Antos's review of this lens on YouTube.
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Date published: 2021-11-05
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