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Venus Optics Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Sony E

BH #VE1018FE • MFR #VE1018SFE
Venus Optics Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Sony E
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5 to f/22
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Two Aspherical Elements
Characterized by its especially compact and lightweight form factor, the Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom from Venus Optics is a petite and flexible ultra-wide-angle zoom for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. Its sleek size and versatile range of wide-angle focal lengths make it ideal for landscape, nature, and architectural shooting as well as astrophotography applications. Its optical design incorporates both extra-low dispersion and aspherical elements in order to correct a variety of aberrations and distortions for sharper, clearer image quality and accurate color rendering. A Frog Eye Coating has also been applied to repel dust and moisture from the front element of the lens to benefit working in trying environmental conditions. Additionally, the manual aperture ring can be de-clicked for smooth, silent aperture changes to suit video applications, and the rear of the lens is threaded to accept 37mm screw-in filters.
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Venus Optics Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Overview

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Characterized by its especially compact and lightweight form factor, the Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom from Venus Optics is a petite and flexible ultra-wide-angle zoom for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. Its sleek size and versatile range of wide-angle focal lengths make it ideal for landscape, nature, and architectural shooting as well as astrophotography applications. Its optical design incorporates both extra-low dispersion and aspherical elements in order to correct a variety of aberrations and distortions for sharper, clearer image quality and accurate color rendering. A Frog Eye Coating has also been applied to repel dust and moisture from the front element of the lens to benefit working in trying environmental conditions. Additionally, the manual aperture ring can be de-clicked for smooth, silent aperture changes to suit video applications, and the rear of the lens is threaded to accept 37mm screw-in filters.

Ultra-wide-angle zoom designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, this 10-18mm lens can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 15-27mm equivalent focal length range.
Especially sleek design measures just 2.75 x 3.6" and weighs approximately 1 lb.
One extra-low dispersion element reduces 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 permits working with subjects as close as 5.9" away with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.
The manual aperture ring can be mechanically 'de-clicked' for smooth, silent rotation throughout the aperture range; making it ideal for video applications.
Five straight diaphragm blades are used to render crisp 10-point sun-stars when photographing point light sources with smaller aperture sizes.
Accepts 37mm filters via a rear filter mount and is also compatible with the optional Laowa Magnetic 100mm Filter Holder.

Venus Optics Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Specs

Key Specs
Focal Length
10 to 18mm
Maximum Aperture
f/4.5 to 5.6
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
37 mm (Rear)
Maximum Aperture
f/4.5 to 5.6
Minimum Aperture
f/22
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Angle of View
130° to 102°
Minimum Focus Distance
5.91" / 15 cm
Maximum Magnification
0.25x
Macro Reproduction Ratio
1:4
Optical Design
14 Elements in 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
5
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
37 mm (Rear)
Dimensions (ø x L)
2.76 x 3.58" / 70 x 90.9 mm
Weight
1.09 lb / 496 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.81 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
6.8 x 4.4 x 4.1"

Venus Optics Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Reviews

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Hey! Can you please tell me what ND filter I can ...

Hey! Can you please tell me what ND filter I can buy for this lens?? I have a Sony a7s3
Asked by: paula
The Venus Optics Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Sony E accepts 37mm filters via a rear filter mount and is also compatible with the optional Laowa Magnetic 100mm Filter Holder. Any 37mm ND filters should work. And here is the Venus Optics 100mm Magnetic Filter Holder Set with Frame for Laowa Zero-D Shift 10-18mm Lens, BH #VEFILHOF1018 (https://bhpho.to/3WEcv4s).
Answered by: Yaakov
Date published: 2023-01-25

Does this lens include the ND1000 37mm filter I ...

Does this lens include the ND1000 37mm filter I see in some other listings?
Asked by: Henry
No, that filter is an additional accessory.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-03-02

I like the range that this offers but the reviews ...

I like the range that this offers but the reviews worry me- if you had to pick one for quality of image and build _ Voightlander 10mm or this. Bet the voightlander blows the Venus away, feel bad buying it just to test and end up sending it ?back.
Asked by: 360icon
As prime lenses are generally better optically than zoom lenses, and the Voigtlander is normally $250 more than the Laowa, it's probably a safe bet that the Voigtlander will outperform the Laowa, although at a single focal length, rather than the 10-18mm range of the Laowa.
Answered by: Boyd
Date published: 2021-12-22

Hi, just got a Nikon Z mount of this lens, and ...

Hi, just got a Nikon Z mount of this lens, and notice that the body of Z mount is a little different from E-mount. Z mount has bigger mount shoulder, the holder ring of this holder, https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1537521-REG/h_y_filters_lh100_with_this_new_hy.html, cannot slide through the front. Any solution for this?
Asked by: Mongkol
Unfortunately, as far as we were made aware, the H&Y Filters K-series Filter Holder for the 10-18mm is specific to the Sony E-mount version.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2022-08-14

does it have autofocus when used with sony ...

does it have autofocus when used with sony e-mount?
Asked by: Karuna Sagar
The Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE is a manual-focus-only lens.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2021-11-21

Does it have autofocus when used with Panasonic ...

Does it have autofocus when used with Panasonic cameras ?
Asked by: Joseph
No, the Venus Optics Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Leica L is a manual focus only lens and will not autofocus on any camera.
Answered by: Yaakov
Date published: 2022-09-16

is it L mount?

is it L mount?
Asked by: eyal
Yes, Venus Optics Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Full Frame Zoom Lens has a Leica L- mount compatible with full-frame and crop sensor cameras.
Answered by: llinelva
Date published: 2021-11-24

How does this compare to the Nikon 14-30?

How does this compare to the Nikon 14-30?
Asked by: Eric
This lens and the Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S Lens are two different kinds of lenses, BH #NIZ14304. They have two different focal ranges, the 10-18mm is considered a wide lens while the 14-30mm is a mid range zoom lens. The 14-30mm has a constant aperture of F/4 through the entire focal range. While this 10-18mm has an aperture that is f/4.5-5.6. It will be F/4.5 at its widest and stop down as you zoom in.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2021-03-02
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