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Venus Optics Laowa 10mm f/4 Cookie Lens for Leica L (Black)

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Venus Optics Laowa 10mm f/4 Cookie Lens for Leica L (Black)
Key Features
  • L-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 15mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Four ED Glass Elements
Offered here in black for Leica L-mount mirrorless cameras, this Venus Optics Laowa 10mm f/4 Cookie Lens is a pancake wide-angle prime designed for use with APS-C-size image sensors. Providing a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 15mm and a broad 109.3° angle of view, this lens is well-suited for architectural and landscape images and everyday photography. Additionally, the lens's 4" minimum focusing distance allows for wide-angle macro shots, while a five-blade aperture creates 10-point sun stars when shooting towards a bright light source. With its ultra-wide perspective and pocket-sized weight, this lens easily enables you to capture epic moments in everyday life and explore the beauty of your surroundings.
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Venus Optics Laowa 10mm f/4 Overview

Offered here in black for Leica L-mount mirrorless cameras, this Venus Optics Laowa 10mm f/4 Cookie Lens is a pancake wide-angle prime designed for use with APS-C-size image sensors. Providing a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 15mm and a broad 109.3° angle of view, this lens is well-suited for architectural and landscape images and everyday photography. Additionally, the lens's 4" minimum focusing distance allows for wide-angle macro shots, while a five-blade aperture creates 10-point sun stars when shooting towards a bright light source. With its ultra-wide perspective and pocket-sized weight, this lens easily enables you to capture epic moments in everyday life and explore the beauty of your surroundings.

  • Prime wide-angle lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 15mm, making it ideally suited for architectural and landscape photography.
  • Rectilinear pancake-style design only extends 1" from the mount, resulting in a compact and lightweight form factor.
  • 4 extra-low dispersion glass elements and two aspherical glass elements reduce chromatic aberrations and distortions in order to produce sharper images.
  • 4" minimum focusing distance allows for wide-angle macro shots.
  • 5-blade aperture creates 10-point sun stars when shooting towards strong light source.
  • Equipped with a 37mm front filter thread for screw-in filters.

Venus Optics Laowa 10mm f/4 Specs

Key Specs
Focal Length
10mm (35mm Equivalent: 15mm)
Maximum Aperture
f/4
Lens Mount
Leica L
Lens Format Coverage
APS-C
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
37 mm (Front)
Maximum Aperture
f/4
Minimum Aperture
f/22
Lens Mount
Leica L
Lens Format Coverage
APS-C
Angle of View
109.3°
Minimum Focus Distance
3.9" / 10 cm
Maximum Magnification
0.15x
Optical Design
12 Elements in 8 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
5
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
37 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
2.4 x 1" / 59.8 x 25 mm
Weight
4.6 oz / 130 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.69 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
3.9 x 3.8 x 3.6"

Venus Optics Laowa 10mm f/4 Reviews

Difficult to accurately focus

By Alex
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2023-07-24

I got this lens for use on both my Sony a6000 (converted to IR) and my a6500. I was attracted to the small size of the lens. The info that came with the lens recommended use of the focus assist feature of the camera body. When using this feature, an enlarged center area is displayed allowing for accurate manual focus. While this feature works fine with my Sony lenses, it does not work with the Laowa lens. I have no way to accurately focus the lens. This is an issue even at infinity focus and f/4 as the markings on the lens ring are not accurate. Granted, I can select f/8 and not worry about the accuracy of the focus ring. The vignetting that the lens has is acceptable (to me) when using it on the a6500 camera but becomes unacceptable when used on the camera modified for IR. In hindsight, I should have resisted the great deal offered and put my money into the purchase of the new Sony 10 - 20mm G lens. Its auto everything and only about 2 ounces more weight. Is it too late to return the Laowa lens?

Tiny, solid, and crisp!

By Jennifer
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-02-03

Researched this lens for a while before I decided to pull the trigger. I'm very glad I did. It's built very well, with no defects or issues out of the box. I don't usually shoot in in-climate weather, so weatherproofing isn't vital to me. It is a moody lens with a great deal of vignetting. I like that look and can find a million ways to be creative using it, so it's nice I don't have to deal with that too often in correcting it. It's super crispy and definitely looks great on all of my Fuji X-mount cameras. I especially like the look, feel, and image capture of the X-Pro 3 paired with this little lens. It's not a super easy lens to just pull out and shoot with, but it is a super clear and lightweight lens to use when you are feeling creative with your photography.

Impressive for its size

By Tyler
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-02

Keep in mind you're getting this lens because it's a pancake, not because it's the best 10mm out there. This perfectly filled the need I had for an ultra-wide lens easy to pocket while hiking. 3D pop is good, colors are very saturated, makes nice sun stars, and is sufficiently sharp. It has extreme vignetting at every aperture, but that's the price you pay for the size. It's a quick fix in any decent editing software. Bonus points to Laowa for offering it in silver too.

Wide, sharp & inexpensive

By Aboud
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2023-05-15

I had the Fuji 10-24, a great lens but a little bulky for travel. I learned of this Laowa 10mm pancake and my past experience with their lenses being positive, along with the modest price, was reason enough to buy it. I have not been disappointed. Yes, it is fully manual, no chip so no exif data, but it is solidly built and performs beautifully for the investment. Aperture ring is smooth, as is focus, and aside from the usual vignetting at maximum aperture, which disappears about f/8, there are really no issues. The interior photo attached had a couple of adjustments for exposure and alignment, but nothing else. At 10MM, properly positioned, there is no barrel distortion at all. The second shot of the Erie sculpture was taken at about one foot away. The sharpness over the whole photograph is impressive as well. Why 4 stars? The lens is only an inch thick, hence the pancake designation. I would have liked the focus ring to be a quarter inch thicker for a better grip.

Affordable & Extremely Compact

By Matt
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-02-25

The Laowa 10mm F4 is a great little lens. Well built, pretty sharp, very well corrected for distortion, and impressively tiny. You could complain about the rather pronounced vignetting at wide apertures, or the lack of critical sharpness in the extreme corners, these are real issues. Or you could marvel at how absolutely tiny this lens is, how little distortion it has, how well built it is, how useful for creative composition it's close focus capabilities are, and how you didn't have to spend a lot of money to get such a handy ultra-wide on your APSc camera (Fuji-X in my case). A great tool that's easy to keep with you at all times and easy to appreciate despite its minor failings.

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