Exceptionally wide, the Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX Zero-D from Venus Optics is an impressive ultra-wide prime designed for FUJIFILM G-mount mirrorless medium format cameras. With a broad 113° angle of view, this lens is well-suited to a range of subjects, including architecture, interiors, landscapes, and astrophotography. The optical design incorporates a series of extra-low dispersion and aspherical elements, which correct a variety of aberrations in order to produce high sharpness, clarity, and color accuracy. As part of the Zero-D series, this lens also offers notable distortion control for accurate subject portrayal. A Frog Eye coating has been applied to the front element, as well, which protects the lens from dust and moisture. Additionally, its manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 7.9" away and a five-blade diaphragm contributes to producing 10-point sun stars.
- FUJIFILM G Mount
- 13mm (35mm Equivalent)
- Aperture Range: f/4 to f/32
- Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
Venus Optics LAOWA 17mm f/4 ZERO-D Overview
Venus Optics LAOWA 17mm f/4 ZERO-D Specs
17mm (35mm Equivalent: 13mm)
86 mm (Front)
|Angle of View|
|Minimum Focus Distance|
7.87" / 20 cm
21 Elements in 14 Groups
86 mm (Front)
|Dimensions (ø x L)|
3.46 x 4.9" / 88 x 124.5 mm
1.82 lb / 829 g
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)|
8.6 x 5.2 x 5"
Venus Optics LAOWA 17mm f/4 ZERO-D Reviews
Everything I could ask for
At the end of the day, I'd have been happy with a junk feel if it produced good images. This does that, but feels good to use as well. Good feel for the aperture ring, the focusing is nice and smooth, the DOF scale printed on the lens barrel is really nice. The metal construction feels really good in my hands, actually a nice change from Fuji's plastic lenses. Even though it adds a bunch of weight it still doesn't feel unwieldy. Close focus and infinity focus both looked great.
A little Vignetting
It have a little Vignetting on f/4 and have a 97% of sharpness
Excellent Optic, However...
The lens is very sharp and, as a landscape photographer, I love the long focus throw and very detailed distance scale. Optically, it's a winner. The reason it doesn't get five stars is because it's disconcerting that the f-stop is not communicated to the camera, hence no f-stop info in the metadata. I would easily pay more for that feature because it's really inconvenient without it.
Love this Lens
Manual focus but easy to use. Worked well for me in Yosemite after the recent storm
Excellent - does things no other lens can do on the GFX
Great lens - great build quality and fantastic performance. Astonishing field of view and can get incredibly close to subjects; much more so than the official spec would suggest! My new favourite for creative medium-format work.
Nice lens for that price
Great wide angle for Fuji GFX cameras
Exactly at advertised, well made and good images, sharp in the middle, okay in the edges, fun to use, easy to focus, controls are set up with the right pressure for aperture and focus.
Solid lens at a good price!
This is a solid, well built lens (it's a little heavy) that produces sharp images. It does lack autofocus and weather-proofing however, it is significantly less expensive than comparable lenses that do offer those features. As I enjoy landscape photography from a tripod with wide angle views and huge depth of field, the fact that it is manual focus is not a problem. So, if that is your type of photography, get this lens, you will not regret it.
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