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Venus Optics Laowa 17mm f/1.8 MFT Lens for Micro Four Thirds

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Venus Optics Laowa 17mm f/1.8 MFT Lens for Micro Four Thirds
Key Features
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 34mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • One Super ED Element
A comfortable wide-angle prime for Micro Four Thirds, the Laowa 17mm f/1.8 MFT is characterized by its especially sleek and lightweight design, making it ideal for use as a walkaround and travel lens. Despite its compactness, it sports a bright f/1.8 design for working in difficult lighting and the 34mm-equivalent wide-angle field of view suits working with subjects ranging from landscapes to portraits. One Super ED element is featured in the optical design and helps to reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for high clarity and color accuracy. Additionally, a Frog Eye Coating has also been applied to the front element to guard against water and dust, and the lens's manual focus design permits working with subjects as close 5.9" away.
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Venus Optics Laowa 17mm f/1.8 Overview

A comfortable wide-angle prime for Micro Four Thirds, the Laowa 17mm f/1.8 MFT is characterized by its especially sleek and lightweight design, making it ideal for use as a walkaround and travel lens. Despite its compactness, it sports a bright f/1.8 design for working in difficult lighting and the 34mm-equivalent wide-angle field of view suits working with subjects ranging from landscapes to portraits. One Super ED element is featured in the optical design and helps to reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for high clarity and color accuracy. Additionally, a Frog Eye Coating has also been applied to the front element to guard against water and dust, and the lens's manual focus design permits working with subjects as close 5.9" away.

Wide-angle prime is designed for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras and provides a 34mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/1.8 maximum aperture benefits working in dark and difficult lighting conditions.
One Super ED (extra-low dispersion) element is featured to minimize chromatic aberrations and color fringing for clearer and more color-accurate imagery.
Frog Eye Coating has been applied to the front element to help repel water and dust.
Manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 5.9" away.
Built-in petal-shaped lens hood blocks stray light from causing flare and also offers some physical protection to the front of the lens.

Venus Optics Laowa 17mm f/1.8 Specs

Key Specs
Focal Length
17mm (35mm Equivalent: 34mm)
Maximum Aperture
f/1.8
Lens Mount
Micro Four Thirds
Lens Format Coverage
Micro Four Thirds
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
46 mm (Front)
Maximum Aperture
f/1.8
Minimum Aperture
f/22
Lens Mount
Micro Four Thirds
Lens Format Coverage
Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View
65°
Minimum Focus Distance
5.91" / 15 cm
Maximum Magnification
0.2x
Macro Reproduction Ratio
1:5
Optical Design
9 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
7
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
46 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
2.17 x 2.01" / 55 x 51 mm
Weight
6.07 oz / 172 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.77 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
3.8 x 3.8 x 3.6"

Venus Optics Laowa 17mm f/1.8 Reviews

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Is the aperture de-clicked?

Is the aperture de-clicked?
Asked by: Jason
No, it's not.
Answered by: Martín
Date published: 2024-03-19

Will this lens work with OM-D E-m10 Mark4?

Will this lens work with OM-D E-m10 Mark4?
Asked by: Alden
The Venus Optics Laowa 17mm f/1.8 MFT Lens for Micro Four Thirds is compatible with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV Mirrorless Camera. However, this manual lens does not support autofocus or any lens-to-camera communication.
Answered by: Lawrence
Date published: 2023-03-15

Does the built in hood mean that no filters can ...

Does the built in hood mean that no filters can be put on these, I assume?
Asked by: Dave
The lens hood is removable.
Answered by: Joel
Date published: 2022-03-19

Is the lens outomatic or manual?

Is the lens outomatic or manual?
Asked by: David
The Venus Optics Laowa 17mm f/1.8 MFT Lens for Micro Four Thirds is a manual lens.
Answered by: Yaakov
Date published: 2022-11-06

Will this lens work with the OM-D E-M5 Mark 1?

Will this lens work with the OM-D E-M5 Mark 1?
Asked by: Andrew
Yes, it is compatible with the EM5 mk1.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-03-24

Does this lens support pixel peeking on my ...

Does this lens support pixel peeking on my Olympus OM D EM MII camera to help approach accurate manual focus?
Asked by: Chester
I didn't ask whether is supports magnified view. My eyes don't focus accurately, so even if magnified, I still would have trouble knowing if the focus I choose is or isn't accurate. Does the lens support pixel peeking or not? (If not I will send it back)
Answered by: Chester
Date published: 2023-01-10

Does the focus ring has hard stops?

Does the focus ring has hard stops?
Asked by: Michael
Yes, the focus ring on the Venus Optics Laowa 17mm f/1.8 MFT Lens for Micro Four Thirds has a hard stop at infinity and at the minimum focus distance.
Answered by: Marisa
Date published: 2024-04-15

Is this rectilinear zero-D? Like the 7.5mm MFT, ...

Is this rectilinear zero-D? Like the 7.5mm MFT, thanks.
Asked by: joseph
According to the manufacturer, the lens is not Zero-D but its very minimal.
Answered by: Reuben
Date published: 2020-02-07
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