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Venus Optics Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens for Canon RF

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Venus Optics Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens for Canon RF
Key Features
  • RF-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 6.4mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/16
  • 210° Angle of View
Presenting an immensely wide field of view within a truly compact package, the Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye provides a huge 210° angle of view for Canon RF mirrorless cameras. As a circular fisheye, this lens is characterized by its noticeable distortion and bulb-like visual appearance. The greater-than-180° angle of view also enables making full 360° stitched panoramas with just two shots. The lens also sports a bright f/2.8 design for working in available lighting conditions and its manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 3.1" away for true close-up shooting. Additionally, the fisheye design retains almost full depth of field when stopped down to f/5.6 for consistent and even sharpness.
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Venus Optics Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye Overview

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Presenting an immensely wide field of view within a truly compact package, the Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye provides a huge 210° angle of view for Canon RF mirrorless cameras. As a circular fisheye, this lens is characterized by its noticeable distortion and bulb-like visual appearance. The greater-than-180° angle of view also enables making full 360° stitched panoramas with just two shots. The lens also sports a bright f/2.8 design for working in available lighting conditions and its manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 3.1" away for true close-up shooting. Additionally, the fisheye design retains almost full depth of field when stopped down to f/5.6 for consistent and even sharpness.

Ultra wide-angle 4mm f/2.8 prime is designed for Canon RF-mount mirrorless cameras and provides a 6.4mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/2.8 maximum aperture is well-suited to working in low and difficult lighting conditions.
Exceptionally wide 210° angle of view along with a circular fisheye design produces a highly distorted image for creative applications as well as the potential to stitch images together for full 360° panoramas.
Manual focus design offers a minimum focusing distance of 3.1".
Lightweight and small design makes this lens suitable for use on drones as well as being ideal for VR imaging, action sports filming, or virtual tours.

Venus Optics Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye Specs

Key Specs
Focal Length
4mm (35mm Equivalent: 6.4mm)
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8
Lens Mount
Canon RF
Lens Format Coverage
APS-C
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
No
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8
Minimum Aperture
f/16
Lens Mount
Canon RF
Lens Format Coverage
APS-C
Angle of View
210°
Minimum Focus Distance
3.15" / 8 cm
Maximum Magnification
0.11x
Optical Design
7 Elements in 6 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
7
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
No
Dimensions (ø x L)
1.8 x 1" / 45.2 x 25.5 mm
Weight
4.8 oz / 135 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.79 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
4.5 x 3.7 x 3.4"

Venus Optics Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye Reviews

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Will this work on a Canon R5? How much of the ...

Will this work on a Canon R5? How much of the senaor would be "wasted?"
Asked by: Bruce
The Venus Optics Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens for Canon RF only provides a circular fisheye in the APS-C sized area of the sensor. This would not use any of the larger Full-Frame sensor area of the Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Camera at all.
Answered by: Yaakov
Date published: 2023-06-26

Will the image clear the grip of the Canon R7?

Will the image clear the grip of the Canon R7?
Asked by: Steven
Yes, you can see a small portion of the grip, around the shutter button are when connecting Venus Optics Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens for Canon RF to a Canon R7 mirrorless camera.
Answered by: Llinelva D
Date published: 2023-08-30

Which mattebox works with theses lenses? So the ...

Which mattebox works with theses lenses? So the mattebox is not visible in the picture?
Asked by: Philipp
It is not recommended to use a matte box with the Venus Optics Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens for Canon RF because with the amount of fisheye that this lens has, the matte box will be in the frame. The same thing will happen with a lens hood as well.
Answered by: Collin K
Date published: 2024-03-13

What’s a ND solution for this?

What’s a ND solution for this?
Asked by: Philipp
The neutral density solution for the Venus Optics Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens for Canon RF is using a mattebox with the respective filter.
Answered by: Jonathan S
Date published: 2024-03-12

Will this work on a Canon R5? How much of the ...

Will this work on a Canon R5? How much of the sensor would the circular image use actually fill?
Asked by: Bruce
The Canon R5 will be automatically set to Crop mode if you mount the Venus Optics Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens for Canon RF on it, so you would use only an APS-C size part of the full-frame sensor. The lens will make a circular image surrounded by black in this small section of the sensor.
Answered by: Boyd H
Date published: 2023-06-26

When used on the Panasonic Lumix S5, is the grip ...

When used on the Panasonic Lumix S5, is the grip visible?
Asked by: Matthew
The Venus Optics Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens for Leica L will see the grip on the Panasonic Lumix S5 and produce a tiny image. This lens is for cameras with an APS-C size sensor.
Answered by: Lawrence C
Date published: 2024-01-03

If I zoom in with this lens on my nikon z30 will ...

If I zoom in with this lens on my nikon z30 will the vignetting get smaller and be in the corners?
Asked by: aidan
The Venus Optics Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens for Nikon Z is for Nikon Z cameras with an APS-C size sensor, including the Nikon Z30 Mirrorless Camera. The lens does produce a circular image. This is not a zoom lens; you could crop out the black border in post but will end up with a small file.
Answered by: Lawrence C
Date published: 2023-06-27

Does this lens mount on a RF mount as well?

Does this lens mount on a RF mount as well?
Asked by: Philipp
No, this is for an EF-M mount only.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-07-08
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