Over the years I’ve rarely used ultra-wide lenses because they normally produce the fisheye effect. There were definitely times where I could have used a wide field of view, but the image distortions were unacceptable to me. Well, recently I tried the Laowa 9mm lens from Venus Optics, and I’m happy to say that I no longer have to make the trade-off between the field of view and image quality.
Here’s my full review of the lens
Here are the key features of this lens:
- manual, still camera lens, but works for video too
- fast – f/2.8
- very wide field of view, but narrow depth of field can be achieved too
- almost no distortions that are typical of wide-angle lenses (i.e. no fisheye)
- Sony E (APS-C-format), Canon EF-M and Fujifilm X mounts avaialable
- short focusing distance: 4.7″ / 12 cm
Considering how good the 9mm lens is, I expect that Venus Optics will release more wide-angle models, including for MFT cameras.
To see all the Laowa lenses currently available, please check out this listing on B&H.