Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom lens
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom
Sony FE mount with Z and RF to follow
Laowa have announced a full frame 10-18mm zoom lens.
Initially available in Sony FE mount, it will also be produced for Nikon Z and Camon RF mounts.
The lens is fully manual.
The ultra-wide 10-18mm lens
The latest Laowa wide angle lens for full frame sensors is about the widest rectilinear lens you can get – there is also a filter system available (front and rear).
Anhui ChangGeng Optical Technology Company Limited (Venus Optics)
Venus Optics announce pricing and availability of the World’s Widest full frame lens, Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom
Anhui China, Oct 26, 2018 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer specializes in making unique camera lenses, unveil the pricing and availability of the world’s widest full frame lens, Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom lens.
In response to the demand from mirrorless camera shooters of having a compact wide angle zoom, Venus Optics have managed to compress the size of the 10-18mm FE Zoom to the smallest in its class, measuring approximately 3.5 inches (~9cm) long and weighing only 17.5 ounces (<500g) with a lens diameter of 70mm. It is a welcome relief for landscape, adventure or travel photographers that are traveling over long distances and struggling to find a compact wide angle zoom to pair up with their cameras.
In additional to the extreme compact size and lightweight body, the 102° (18mm) to 130° (10mm) FoV provides a great deal of flexibility for photographers to compose landscape or architecture photos with ease. The ultra-wide 130° FoV also realises many impossible shots.
130° Ultra Wide angle of view
Sunstar rendering has long been considered as one of the most critical element for UWA lenses. Venus Optics have re-engineered the design of the aperture and incorporated a 5 straight blade aperture to deliver a sharp, clean, well-defined 10-point sunstars. It adds an aesthetic feel into the photos when composing with the sun or other light sources.
Despite having a compact lens body, the 10-18mm FE Zoom still offers an exceptionally high resolution across the frames at all apertures. It houses with 14 elements in 10 groups with 2 aspherical elements & 1 extra-low dispersion element. It also comes with an excellent close up performance. It can focus as close as 15cm (0.5 feet) and deliver a 0.25x magnification for some mini-macro shooting.
Venus Optics truly understands that filter is essential to produce an impressive landscape photo. The new 10-18mm FE Zoom is carefully designed with 2 filter solutions available. A rear filter thread is included at the back of the lens to fit with 37mm UV/ND filter. A custom designed 100mm-wide magnetic filter holder system is developed to fit a maximum of three 100mm-wide filters with no vignetting when rotated at any angles.
Rear 37mm filter thread
Magnetic Filter Holder for 100mm-wide filters
The lens also incorporates a switch to toggle the click/clickless aperture for videography usage.
- Focal Length 10-18mm
- Max. Aperture f/4.5 (10mm) – f/5.6 (18mm)
- Min. Aperture f/22 Angle of View 102° (18mm) – 130°e (10mm)
- Format Compatibility Full Frame
- Lens Structure 14 elements in 10 groups
- Aperture Blades 5
- Min. Focusing Distance 15cm
- Max. Magnification 0.25x
Rear filter thread (37mm)
- 100mm front Magnetic Filter Holder System (3pcs 100mm-wide filters)
- Dimensions Φ70×90.9mm
- Weight 496g
Pricing & Availability
The lens is currently available to pre-order in authorized resellers and in Venus Optics official website
First 50 orders through Venus Optic’s webstore will get a 100mm Magnetic Filter Holder System for FREE.
The ex-VAT retail price in US is USD 849/pc. Pricing may vary in different countries.
First shipment is expected to commence in late November.
Laowa 10mm f/4.5-5.6 in Canon R / Nikon Z mounts will be released in a few months.
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