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Venus Optics Laowa 8-16mm f/3.5-5 Zoom CF Lens (SONY E)

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Venus Optics Laowa 8-16mm f/3.5-5 Zoom CF Lens (SONY E)
Key Features
  • APS-C | f/3.5-5 to f/16
  • 12-24mm (Full-Frame Equivalent)
  • 5-Blade Diaphragm
  • Manual Focus Design
Capture wider perspectives while saving space in your camera bag with the Laowa 8-16mm f/3.5-5 Zoom CF from Venus Optics. With its incredibly low weight and versatile focal range, this lens is perfect for on-the-go photographers who benefit from a lightweight camera configuration. With an angle of view ranging from 82.9 to 120.9 degrees, this lens allows for capturing landscapes and wide-angle portraits from unique points of view.
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Venus Optics Laowa 8-16mm f/3.5-5 Overview

By B&H Photo's
Ultra-Wide Versatility
Capture wider perspectives while saving space in your camera bag with the Laowa 8-16mm f/3.5-5 Zoom CF from Venus Optics. With its incredibly low weight and versatile focal range, this lens is perfect for on-the-go photographers who benefit from a lightweight camera configuration. With an angle of view ranging from 82.9 to 120.9 degrees, this lens allows for capturing landscapes and wide-angle portraits from unique points of view.
Wide Angle of View
With its 8-16mm zoom range, this lens allows for perspectives impossible to achieve with more traditional focal lengths. This wider viewpoint allows you to expertly photograph landscapes and cities by being able to capture all that's available in any given frame. Simultaneously, you can create unique portraits by showing off more of your setting's scenery or by getting up close to your subject and accentuating the distortion that can occur with wider angle lenses.
Sunstar Effect
The lens's five-blade aperture diaphragm, which ranges from f/3.5-5 to f/16, creates a visually appealing 10-pointed sunstar effect.
De-Clickable Aperture Ring
For smooth and seamless aperture transitions while shooting video, utilize the de-clickable aperture ring featured on the lens.
Travel Size
Weighing just over 1 lb, the Laowa 8-16mm is a perfect lens choice for on-the-go photography. With it being designed specifically for mirrorless cameras, this lens gives users an incredibly light camera configuration allowing for comfortable handheld shooting over long periods of time.

Venus Optics Laowa 8-16mm f/3.5-5 Specs

Key Specs
Focal Length
8 to 16mm (35mm Equivalent: 12 to 24mm)
Maximum Aperture
f/3.5 to 5
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
APS-C
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
86 mm (Front)
Maximum Aperture
f/3.5 to 5
Minimum Aperture
f/16
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
APS-C
Angle of View
82.8° to 120.9°
Minimum Focus Distance
7.87" / 19.99 cm
Maximum Magnification
0.12x
Optical Design
16 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
5
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
86 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
3.48 x 3.48" / 88.39 x 88.39 mm
Weight
1.02 lb / 463 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.88 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
6.8 x 4.8 x 4.5"

Venus Optics Laowa 8-16mm f/3.5-5 Reviews

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How does the max apeture change, ie. at what ...

How does the max apeture change, ie. at what focal lengths is it f/3.5, at what f/4.0, 4.5, and 5.0, respectively?
Asked by: Piotr
Re: James (B&H staff answer above) - yours is a non-answer. I know it doesn't have pins, I've done my research and this isn't my firs rodeo with fully analog lenses, having owned 4 Laowa lenses already. You CAN provide a quality answer, if you make an effort, here's how: 1) ask the manufacturer. They don't offer this info on product page, but when such a big reseller asks - they're bound to disclose the info to y'all. 2) aperture is a ratio of two on physical measurements: focal length and iris diameter. The latter you can measure with any measuring device once you slap on a (flat) UV filter in front of the (bulbous) front element. The former - you can't directly measure, but you sure can directly and precisely deduce from the field of view (FoV) that you can measure with a test chart and an angle measure. Now - you can think of excuses or you can take either of these actions and get answers. Also, note - you're uniquely qualified to get answers as (1) you have a much greater position when talking with Laowa than just any individual customer and (2) you have access to physical copies of the lens to make measurements unlike (prospective) customers and (3) it is in your - and community's - interest to obtain these answers as depending on what these specs are the lens may grow in attractiveness
Answered by: Piotr
Date published: 2024-05-08

is this a auto focus lens?

is this a auto focus lens?
Asked by: Paul
The Venus Optics Laowa 8-16mm f/3.5-5 Zoom CF Lens (FUJIFILM X) is a manual focus only lens.
Answered by: Boyd H
Date published: 2024-01-02

Can it be used with Nikon Z7 II?

Can it be used with Nikon Z7 II?
Asked by: Pablo
The Venus Optics Laowa 8-16mm f/3.5-5 Zoom CF Lens (NIKON Z) can be used on the Nikon Z7ii, but since it is an APSC lens it will crop the full frame sensor of the Nikon Z7ii. Less than half of the available megapixels will be used. The angle of view will increase by 1.5x
Answered by: Daniel C
Date published: 2024-01-02
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