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New Laowa 9mm Lens Is World's Widest Rectilinear Lens For FF Cameras

Laowa have released a new 9mm f/5.6 FF RL lens, which they claim is the world's widest rectilinear lens for full frame cameras.

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Venus Optics have unveiled the new Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL lens, the world’s widest rectilinear lens for full-frame cameras.

Venus Optics have been designing ultra-wide angle lenses with outstanding optical performance and their 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 lens is currently the world’s widest zoom lens for full-frame cameras.

The Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL is currently available to purchase via Venus Optics official website and authorized resellers. The US price is $899 (Leica M mount) and $799 (Sony FE, Nikon Z and L). Pricing varies in different countries. The first 100 orders will get a 100mm magnetic filter holder (Retail Value: $149) for FREE.



Ultra-wide perspective
Featuring a remarkable 135° angle of view, the new Laowa 9mm f/5.6 is currently the widest non-fisheye lens ever developed for full-frame mirrorless cameras. Landscape photographers can now experience an ultimate wide-angle photography with beautiful scenery captured in one shot. 

Super compact & lightweight
In response to the demand from mirrorless camera shooters of having a compact wide-angle lens, Venus Optics have taken advantage of the flange distance of
mirrorless cameras and compress the size of the 9mm f/5.6 lens to the smallest in its class, measuring approximately 2.4 inches (~6cm) long and weighing only 12 oz. (350g) with a lens diameter of 60mm. It is a welcome relief for landscape, architecture, interior or travel photographers that are traveling over long distances and looking for a high quality and portable ultra-wide lens to carry anywhere.

Extremely close focusing distance
In addition to the ultra-wide perspective, the new Laowa 9mm lens can focus extremely close, almost like a macro lens. The closest focusing distance is only 4.72” (12cm) measuring from subject to sensor. This is so much closer than the other ultra-wide angle lenses in the market and it provides a greater flexibility for photographers to compose shots at close and far distances and control depth of field much more easily.

Exceptional optical performance
Incorporating a 14 elements in 10 groups optical design, the 9mm is able to deliver an outstanding image sharpness from corners to corners. The 2pcs of big aspherical elements and 2pcs of extra-low dispersion elements help to eliminate chromatic aberrations successfully. Despite the fact that it is not one of the Zero-D lenses, the lens still exhibit a very low distortion at infinity distance compared to other ultra-wide angle lenses in the market.

Various mount options
The new 9mm lens is currently available in Leica M, Sony FE, Nikon Z and L mount. It's the first Leica M lens Venus Optics have ever produced. It also supports rangefinder coupling on Leica cameras. 2 colors (Black & Silver) are available for Leica M mount.

100mm-wide filters compatible
Venus Optics truly understands that a filter is essential to produce an impressive landscape photo. Despite being an ultra-wide-angle lens, Venus Optics have managed to work with partners to carefully design a filter holder ao that 100mm wide filters can be used without serious vignetting. Unlike some other wide-angle lenses where 120mm or even 150mm filter system are required, the entire landscape shooting setup for the Laowa 9mm lens will be extremely portable.

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