Laowa announces its tiny new 19mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens for medium format Fuji GFX cameras

Dec 15, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Dec 15, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The new Laowa 19mm f/2.8 Zero-D GFX lens rumoured last week has now officially been announced. As the “GFX” part of the name suggests, the lens has been designed for Fujifilm medium format GFX mount cameras. At 19mm, this is already an extremely wide lens, even if it were for full-frame, but on the larger medium format sensor, it gives a field of view equivalent to that of about a 15mm lens on full-frame.

This means that it has a super wide 110-degree field of view, with a nice bright f/2.8 maximum aperture, making it an ideal lens for all kinds of subjects from landscapes and cityscapes to architecture and even astrophotography. Being one of Laowa’s Zero-D lenses means it has virtually no spherical distortion, and despite being a medium format lens, it comes with a pretty pleasing price tag.

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The lens is extremely tiny for a medium format GFX lens and weighs only 546g and takes 77mm threaded filters. It’s partly kept small and light due to the fact that it’s a manual focus lens so doesn’t have to house any electronics, motors, or fancy mechanisms that would otherwise weigh it down. It has a minimum focus distance of only 18cm, allowing for some very close up surreal subjects, or wide environmental portraits.

Focal length19mm
Max aperturef/2.8
Min aperturef/22
Angle of view110°
35mm equivalent focal length~15mm
FormatFuji GFX Medium Format
MountFuji GFX
Focus typeManual Focus
Lens typeRectilinear
Optics12 elements in 10 groups
Aperture blades5
Filter thread77mm
Min focus distance18cm
Dimensions82.6 x 80mm
Weight546g

The extreme wide angle for such a lens makes it ideal for architectural and interior photography where shooting space can be at a premium. With a 110-degree field of view, you’re able to park yourself in a corner and photograph the entire room in one single shot. And with the near-zero distortion of Laowa’s Zero-D lenses, all your straight lines should still be perfectly straight (or close to it).

The Laowa 19mm f/2.8 Zero-D GFX is available to buy now for $999 from the Venus Optics website and begins shipping any day.

 

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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