Here are the first images taken with the Laowa 9mm f/5.6 full frame lens

Feb 13, 2020

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Here are the first images taken with the Laowa 9mm f/5.6 full frame lens

Feb 13, 2020

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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A little while back, Laowa (A.K.A. Venus optics) announced a very exciting new 9mm f/5.6 full-frame lens. (Laowa already has a 9mm 2.8 lens for crop sensors, but this lens is for full-frame and lower aperture).

One of the exciting features of this lens is that it is a Rectilinear, low distortion lens and does not create any fish-eye distortion. It is not as distortion-free as Laowa’s Zero-D, but still has very (very!) low distortion for a 9mm lens.

We managed to get our hands on a few sample photos for the lens made with various cameras, click on each image for larger resolution.

And here are some photos that taken using the lens by Richard Wong

Sony A7II (using an adapter)

Leica M10P

Nikon Z6

Laica SL2

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16 responses to “Here are the first images taken with the Laowa 9mm f/5.6 full frame lens”

  1. Joost Avatar
    Joost

    9mm on full frame is insane!

  2. Dušan DuPe Pethö Avatar
    Dušan DuPe Pethö

    “zero distortion”…really?

    1. Zachary Sprinkles Avatar
      Zachary Sprinkles

      Dušan DuPe Pethö yes the have a whole line of zero distortion lenses.

    2. Johnny Martyr Avatar
      Johnny Martyr

      Dušan, there is zero barrel distortion. Of course there is perspective distortion.

    3. Matthias Avatar
      Matthias

      It’s an insanely wide wide angle, so of course it can look pretty unnatural. But Straight lines stay straight, unlike what a fisheye would give you.
      Pretty cool lens, but not cool enough to justify the purchase of a full frame camera. I hope thesy scale it down to MFT someday. I am very happy with their 7.5mm f/2, but a 4,5mm would e a whole lot wider.

  3. Dunja0712 Avatar
    Dunja0712

    Love these!

  4. Randy Gentry Avatar
    Randy Gentry

    Wow!

  5. Mark Nycz Avatar
    Mark Nycz

    those edges look rather rough actually

    1. RyanT Avatar
      RyanT

      Perspective differences on the edges are not the same as distortion.

  6. Michael Bray Avatar
    Michael Bray

    They should have used the lens on different full frame cameras and used the same subject to be more precise and accurate

  7. Teppo Tähkäpää Avatar
    Teppo Tähkäpää

    I’m addicted to Laowa :)

  8. Paul-Simon Avatar
    Paul-Simon

    I want one of those Laica cameras you mention ;)

  9. David A. Grano-De-Oro Avatar
    David A. Grano-De-Oro

    May have to buy this one.

  10. Steven Franko Avatar
    Steven Franko

    I thought when I saw the title it was a joke lens.. I was wrong

  11. Anthony Pardines Avatar
    Anthony Pardines

    So distortionless that photos taken with it reveal architectural flaws and shoddy construction of buildings.

  12. Adam Frimer Avatar
    Adam Frimer

    This is a pretty amazing achievement. Excited to see some examples for filming