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Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens for FUJIFILM X

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Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens for FUJIFILM X
Key Features
  • X-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 FUJIFILM X-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 FUJIFILM X-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 FUJIFILM X-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 MountFUJIFILM X
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 Weight0.695 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)3.95 x 3.8 x 3.65"

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

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!

Loving the superwide

By Chris
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-10

As the headline says, I'm loving the super wide angles this lens gives me. It's a bit finicky to use on my Canon M6, but once I set the menu options properly I was off and running. In fact, with the amazing DOF at f/11 and f/16, I may just turn off focus peeking. The lens could be a bit sharper--I would give it 4.5 if I could, but am happy enough to round it up to 5 stars.

I really enjoy the quality.

By Edward
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-30

I like the angles it gives and the quality of the product. If I need a new one I will make sure to come back to get another one. Enjoying it to its fullest.

Really fun!

By Jaime
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-30

I’m still learning my way into photography and use a Sony A6600 currently. For APSC I’m not sure there is a better or wider lens than this in this lenses price range (at the time of this review). I have a Rokinon 12mm to compare it with and the Rok has so much chromatic aberration compared to this Laowa. The 3mm is a huge difference too. I am dabbling in real estate photography and this is the lens for that on a APSC body. Colors are great. Contrast is great. Sharp in the middle. Tad soft in the edges unfortunately but I can live with it. Little bit of vignetting in the corners too but not terrible. I find focusing to be easy. I am annoyed with installing and detaching it for there is no place to really grasp the lens but if that’s my only annoyance, I can deal.

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.

Excellent Value

By Baron
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-11

I am not one to uncritically praise third-party lenses, and I own quite a few, but this one stands out in my collection. It's small, light, fun to shoot, and optically very, very good. It's not just good for the price, it's good, period. (If you have the budget, you can get marginally better optics from a top-tier German manufacturer, but dollar-for-dollar this one is an excellent value.) And its flaws are really minor; you will only see them by pixel peeping in just the right kind of images. It's also quite resistant to flare and ghosting, producing very nice landscapes and sunstars. Bottom line, you can make a lot of great images with this lens.

Absolute best for real estate

By Jacob
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-13

This lens is the absolute best for setting up real estate interior shots as well as very wide landscape shots. Very little if any distortion on the corners and so crisp.

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