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

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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

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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

Key Specs
Focal Length
9mm (35mm Equivalent: 13.5mm)
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
APS-C
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
49 mm (Front)
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8
Minimum Aperture
f/22
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
APS-C
Angle of View
113°
Minimum Focus Distance
4.72" / 12 cm
Maximum Magnification
0.13x
Optical Design
15 Elements in 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
7
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
49 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
2.09 x 2.36" / 53 x 60 mm
Weight
7.6 oz / 215 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.81 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
3.85 x 3.8 x 3.6"

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

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Does this lens have a weather seal?

Does this lens have a weather seal?
Asked by: alexandra
This lens has a dust & water repellent coating, but it is not weather sealed.
Answered by: Boyd
Date published: 2021-07-20

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Will the 9 mm Laowa work with the Laowa Magic Shift Converter?
Asked by: Robert
Thanks!
Answered by: Robert G.
Date published: 2018-08-27

I see there are comments about vignetting. does ...

I see there are comments about vignetting. does that mean you guys would NOT suggest it down to 2.8? I would be buying it specifically for low-light and 2.8 use. Thoughts?
Asked by: Therese
Most would suggest you don't buy this lens at all. It is not worth the hassle and quality.
Answered by: Lee
Date published: 2022-02-22

Does it work with a generic 4x6 (100mm) square ...

Does it work with a generic 4x6 (100mm) square filter holder? If yes, how is the vignetting when using a square filter?
Asked by: Ke
I agree with Jeremy's poits, but will add that the lens is so small in diameter, with a 49mm filter thread, I suspect it will work fine with any 4-inch filter, as long as the filter itself is not too far away from the filter thread. A low-profile (thin) step-up ring is advisable. (Disclaimer: I own this lens, but have never used it with any filters.)
Answered by: Michael K.
Date published: 2021-01-06

Is this lens good for astro-photography?

Is this lens good for astro-photography?
Asked by: Noboru
Yes, the Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens for Sony E is both a very good and a very popular lens for astrophotography usage needs.
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2022-04-26

has anybody evaluated the coma with this lens? or ...

has anybody evaluated the coma with this lens? or have opinion from personal use?
Asked by: Therese
We have not experienced any issues with this lens on our end.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2020-10-01

I have the lens for the Sony a6300. Vertical ...

I have the lens for the Sony a6300. Vertical pictures are heavily cropped with Black space on the left and right. Could someone explain why ?
Asked by: ANNE
Because this is a very wide angle lens, it is common to have vignetting on a lens like this, you can change your aspect ration to help it, but unfortunately this is a quality in most wide angle almost fish eye lenses.
Answered by: Zach L
Date published: 2021-04-26

question

Is focus peaking available when using this lens?
Asked by: Robert
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.
Answered by: Ethan S.
Date published: 2021-11-05
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