If you’re still looking for a distortion-free wide angle lens for both photo and video work with your Micro Four Thirds camera, Venus Optics comes forward with a solution. The lens manufacturer has just announced the M43 variant of the Laowa 9mm f2.8 Zero-D lens, which they are marketing as a perfect lens for video work. As with the Laowa 7.5mm f2 MFT, another wide-angle lens made available for the M43 system, this new lens sports an ultra-compact body and boasts of exceptional image quality. It also promises a more natural perspective for shooting videos using the Panasonic GH5 and Blackmagic Pocket Camera. Weighing only 210g (0.46 lbs) and measuring only 60mm (2.3 in) long, it’s designed to be compressed to be as minimal as possible in its class. If you’re frequently shooting with gimbals, you might find the lightweight design and 100° angle of view especially handy.
This M43 variant is a lot wider than most wide-angle rectilinear lenses out there, It also comes with all the specifications and optical performance that you’ll find in the current Fuji X, Sony E, Canon EF-M, and DJI DL mounts. They all have an ultra-wide 113° angle, Super 35 sensor coverage, and nearly zero distortion. The lens also has a 49mm filter thread for use with ND filters. While this lens is being geared more for videographers, there’s no doubt that the fast f2.8 aperture also offers better flexibility for distortion-free photography work.
- Focal Length: 9mm
- Max. Aperture: f/2.8
- Angle of View: 100°
- Format Compatibility: Super 35 / Micro Four Thirds
- Lens Structure: 15 elements in 10 groups
- Aperture Blades: 7
- Filter Thread: 49mm
- Dimensions: 60 x 53mm Weight 210g / 0.46 lbs
- Mounts: Micro Four Thirds (New), Fuji X, Sony E, EOS-M, DJI DL
We’ve also reviewed the previous version of this lens in Sony E Mount, so check that out too if you’re curious about how it performs for photography.
Interested in checking out this new M43 lens? This new Laowa 9mm f2.8 Zero-D lens will be making its US debut in the Venus Optics Booth (C11738) in the upcoming Las Vegas NAB Show from April 6 – 11. Otherwise, you can now order it from the Venus Optics website and authorized resellers for $499.