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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

Focal Length17mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 34mm)
Maximum Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Lens Format CoverageMicro Four Thirds
Angle of View65°
Minimum Focus Distance5.91" / 15 cm
Maximum Magnification0.2x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:5
Optical Design9 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size46 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.17 x 2.01" / 55 x 51 mm
Weight6.07 oz / 172 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.77 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)3.8 x 3.8 x 3.6"

Venus Optics Laowa 17mm f/1.8 Reviews

Great lens for the price, sharp wide open onward

By channing
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-23

Purchased initially to put on my Z-Cam E2 for close focus with a medium focal length. Surprised by quality and now use it often for photos as well as video. Great bang for the buck if you don't mind manual focus.

Laowa hits a home run

By Joel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-20

For the ridiculously low price, I had zero expectations. Incredibly, the lens is very sharp even at f2, has very low chromatic aberrations and distortion, minimal vignette. Great contrast and color. I'm thrilled! If you're ok with manual focus, and are debating this Laowa vs the Olympus 17 1.8, forget about the Olympus. This is a better lens, by far. I sold my Olympus because it was so soft and had such bad CA and vignetting. Build is metal, good quality and feel. Only negatives are the focus throw is very short between 1m and infinity, the aperture clicks are really soft, and the white numbers are painted on (the red are engraved and filled, oddly). This lens isn't leaving my GX9. Worth every penny.

Pleasantly surprised

By Boris
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-07

Great little lens (seriously, it's palm size), tack sharp, solid build, smooth focus ring, the clicks on this iris are minimal. It's lightweight, small and great for travel. The lens hood is detachable. The focus breathing is minimal. Only very minor barrel distortion. Minimum focus is great, almost like a macro lens. Has good colour rendition and contrast. All in all, an amazing lens for its price. High quality glass with a low f stop and price tag.

The hood is removable.

By Leon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-07

It's not shown in any of the photos but you can remove the hood and anything to it with step up rings. There's a little bit of vignetting when it's wide open and in the sun, but it's barely noticeable. This seems to be the better one between this and the 17mm TTArtisan.

Great Manual Focus Lens for the Price!

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-06

The reviews of this lens were good as I was researching the Laowa 17mm, but I was still prepared to be disappointed with a sub-$150 lens. The reviews were spot-on, however: this is a great lens! Image quality is comparable to the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 I recently sold. The chromatic aberration is MUCH more controlled on this lens compared to the Olympus. Obviously you give up auto focus with the Laowa, but the Olympus also costs over 3x the price of this lens. This lens is also heavier and longer than the Oly 17 (same filter size though, so that's a plus!). This lens feels like it has great build quality. The focus ring is stiff but smooth; the aperture ring is clicked and has the right amount of resistance. Overall this is a great lens and would be a good start for someone just getting into manual focus lenses with the MFT system.

OK for a starter lens

By Britton
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-25

OK for a starter lens

Awesome for the price

By Frederic
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-17

Great lens for the price. I didn't want to pay alot for a 17mm as I already have the olympus 25mm and I will mainly use this lens for street photography. The manual focus is easy to use. I have to say that I am impressed with the sharpness at f1.8 I wosh it have info transmission to the camera, but for the peice I can't complain.

Not easy to focus---no support for pixel peeking

By Chester
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-10

I have this lens on my Olympus OM D E M1 II camera. Unlike other manual lenses on this camera, this lens does not support pixel peeking which I find important to approximate accurate manual focus. I have to tried to obtain sharp focus with my naked eyes but my vision is imperfect especially if the subject is several feet away. Pixel peeking function is extremely important. I wonder if others are able to use pixel peeking or if this lack of support is normal for this lens on any camera. I am not enjoying this lens because of the lack of pixel peeking support.

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