Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL Lens Price, Specs and Availability

Available in Sony ENikon Z and Leica L mounts, the new Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL Lens from Venus Optics is now available for pre-order at B&HAdorama. The US price of the lens is $799.

The Widest Rectilinear lens for Full Frame cameras.

Designed for full frame cameras, the Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL is currently the world’s widest rectilinear lens. The remarkable 135° angle of view allows you to capture landscape images with ease and realise formerly impossible shots. The lens includes 2 aspherical elements and 2 extra-low dispersion elements to suppress chromatic aberrations and distortion to the minimum. Despite the one-of-a-kind perspective, the lens itself is super compact (2.4″ / 6cm long) and weigh only 12.3 oz. / 350 g. It also features an extremely close focusing distance of 4.72″ / 12cm

Richard Wong released his Laowa 9mm f/5.6mm review and man is it wide. Below is a summary of his review:

  • Super close focus distance
  • At f/5.6 to f/8 focused on 1m everything is in focus so you can vlog with it easily.
  • No OIS, but if your camera has IBIS it should be able to stabilize wide well enough
  • Worlds wides ultra-wide-angle rectilinear lens for full-frame cameras
  • Laowa will have an 11mm f/4.5 and 40mm f/4 lens that will be the same lens mounts
  • This lens might be too wide because it’s beyond anything you have experienced
  • Normally he knows the view angle, but not with this lens
  • Just tilting up or down slightly can dramatically change the composition or even stepping forward or back
  • The lens is so wide that it makes his Nikon ultra-wide-angle look standard
  • Can focus down to 0.1m
  • No indicator for how to line the lens up with the body
  • Image sharpness pretty good at f/5.6 gets better by f/8
  • By f/16 the center gets a little softer
  • The corners are soft at f/5.6, but it improves a little at f/8, but they are sharpest at f/16
  • Distortion isn’t bad past 1m
  • f/5.6 no Sunstar in the photo, but it is there by f/8 through f/22
  • If you go beyond f/8 you get kind of a double sunstar
  • Color fringing is well-controlled shooting right into the sun
  • You can get some ghosting shooting into the sun
  • Vynyetting is quite noticeable even stopped down
  • They could make the lens quite a bit bigger if they want to reduce vynyetting
  • Ghosting is quite easy and the corners aren’t the sharpest, but it doesn’t stop him from having a lot of fun taking photos with this lens
  • It’s such a fun lens that you will overlook the flaws because before this lens you couldn’t shoot this wide without using a fisheye and defishing is which would reduce the quality more than this 9mm lens
  • Image quality isn’t perfect, but it makes shooting wide easy
  • Laowa always wants to create something different and very unique

 

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