Characterized by its extremely wide field of view and rectilinear rendering, the Nikon Z-mount Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL, from Venus Optics, is prime lens offering a uniquely wide perspective that is well-suited for interior, architecture, nature, and landscape subjects. The immense 135° angle of view is complemented by an advanced optical design that uses low dispersion, aspherical, and high refractive index elements to control a variety of aberrations and distortion to achieve high sharpness, clarity, and color accuracy. The lens has a manual focus design and permits working with subjects as close as 4.7" away and its built-in petal-shaped hood helps to block stray light from causing unwanted lens flare. Additionally, the lens is also characterized by its especially compact size, which makes it ideal for walk-around and travel applications.
- Z-Mount Lens/FX Format
- Aperture Range: f/5.6 to f/22
- Two Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
- Two Aspherical and Two UHR Elements
Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL Overview
Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL Specs
|Lens Mount||Nikon Z|
|Lens Format Coverage||Full-Frame|
|Angle of View||135°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||4.72" / 12 cm|
|Optical Design||14 Elements in 10 Groups|
|Focus Type||Manual Focus|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||2.46 x 2.6" / 62.4 x 66 mm|
|Weight||12.35 oz / 350 g|
|Package Weight||1.58 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||4.9 x 4.8 x 4.8"|
Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL Reviews
Great lend for architecture
Perfect lens, wide and free of spherical distortion.
Not sharp, not clear
Sharp only with F 22, upload of photo not possible!
Unique, but flawed
You can create some really unique images with this lens, but you need to recognize its limitations. I am using this on a Nikon Z 7. First of all, there is significant distortion on the sides. It is a stretching effect. However, you can use this creatively to draw attention to the central part of the image. Second, there is a lot of pincushion distortion. Third, there is a lot of vignetting. The Laowa lens profile for this lens WAY overcorrects the vignetting. It turns the corners almost white. However, it does eliminate the pincushion. What works better is the Adobe ACR/LR profile tor the Laowa 12mm. It corrects the pincushion and evens out the vignette. If you want a non-fisheye wide lens, there are few choices. This one isn't bad, if you know how to work with it's shortcomings.
Wow this is the second time I have tried this lens once in a Z72 and now on A7R4a and both copies were very soft.
I so so wanted to love this lens because I love shooting wide but it's just too soft even stopped way down - so disappointed.
Widest FF lens for Z-mount
This is fun lens, super-wide and it performs quite well. Not a lens to be used for Milky Way shooting, but great for landscapes or normal night photography, including star trails. Coma is fairly well controlled with its smallest f/5.6 aperture. If you are comfortable using fully manual lenses, this is a nice addition, very compact in the bag!
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