venus optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens for Sony E

Model #VE928SE

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Specifications

Physical

Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.09 x 2.36" (53 x 60 mm)
Filter Thread Front: 49 mm
Weight 7.58 oz (215 g)

Performance

Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7.5
Magnification 0.13x
Minimum Focus Distance 4.72" (12 cm)
Angle of View 113°
Format Compatibility APS-C
Camera Mount Type Sony E
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8Minimum: f/22
Focal Length 9mm Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 13.5 mm
Diaphragm Blades 7
Optical Design 15 Elements in 10 Groups

Features

Autofocus No
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.34972991
2 July 2018
8.0/10

The Venus Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D is a compact, sharp, ultra-wide lens for mirrorless cameras. It does a great job curbing barrel distortion, even if it's not truly Zero-D as advertised.

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    Limited to full-stop aperture adjustment., Heavy vignette., Not truly zero distortion., Manual focus isn't for everyone.

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    Light and compact., Metal barrel., Smooth manual focus ring., Ultra-wide field of view., Available for Canon, Fujifilm, and Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras.

Digital camera world.35029809
20 November 2018

Laowa might not be one of the best-known brands out there, but the 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D is a serious, premium-quality lens, both optically and in terms of build quality. Don’t be put off by the manual controls: you’ll adapt surprisingly quickly, and the payback is edge-to-edge sharpness and a...

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    Incredibly sharp, Almost no barrel distortion, Extremely portable

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    Only manual controls

Shutterbug.32823264
30 August 2018

If you dig wideangles, and I think most ardent photographers do, the Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens is a hoot to use. It’s fast, focuses close, and it’s wide enough that pinpoint focusing isn’t really necessary (i.e.

Opticallimits.35047338
20 February 2019

Let's start with the fun facts first - "Laowa" - what does that actually mean? Any guesses? In Chinese, it means "(Old) Frog". Why is that? The owner of Laowa (who is also one of the designers) likes the fantasy of a frog looking into the blue sky as his dreamland.

Photodo.33034400
7 May 2018

Here we have yet another groundbreaking lens from Laowa Venus Optics, the C-Dreamer 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D for APS-C format. This is a very, very wide lens and to achieve the same field of view we would need something like a 13.5mm lens in 35mm-format terms.

Photography blog.34969604
12 November 2018
9.0/10

The Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D is a tiny lens that delivers a big performance, with image quality in particular being its forte. The all-manual design might not be to everyone's taste, but this is certainly the cheapest way for Fujifilm X-shooters to gain an ultra-wide-angle view.

Pc magazine uk.35148076
2 July 2018
8.0/10

The Venus Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D is a compact, sharp, ultra-wide lens for mirrorless cameras. It does a great job curbing barrel distortion, even if it's not truly Zero-D as advertised.

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    Light and compact., Metal barrel., Smooth manual focus ring., Ultra-wide field of view., Available for Canon, Fujifilm, and Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras.

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    Limited to full-stop aperture adjustment., Heavy vignette., Not truly zero distortion., Manual focus isn't for everyone.

Lenstip com.34355424
20 April 2018

I got the Laowa 2.8/9 before going to one of our Photomission trips to Iceland. As the distributor didn’t have any objections I decided to take that lens with me. That’s why this test is exceptional – my opinion is much more practical than usually because I took more than one thousand photos with...

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    solid, meta casing which is also small,, sensational image quality in the frame centre,, negligible longitudinal chromatic aberration,, slight lateral chromatic aberration,, lack of problems related to spherical aberration,, sensible distortion correction,, moderate astigmatism.

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    weak image quality on the edge of the frame near f/2.8,, huge vignetting,, inferior performance against bright light.

User Reviews
B h photo.34921152
15 December 2018
10/10

I use this lens with an X-T1 body to take pictures of rooms, room contents, and to make indoor panoramas (using a pano head and rail).I can report on filter usage. I use a Sensei Pro 49-77 step up ring to mount 77mm filters or a 77mm adapter for the Formatt Hitech 85mm aluminum filter holder.

B h photo.34921152
20 December 2018
10/10

Compact, light, beautifully made, sharp. There are a number of excellent reviews that can easily be found via a web search. This is a fully manual lens but the depth of field is generally large enough that one can focus crudely (or guess) and get the focus right.

B h photo.34921152
9 December 2018
8.0/10

Other reviewers have said it better - its very competent in the center at 2.8 but shows a chunk of softness + vignetting in the corners until its stopped down somewhat. Manual focus isnt a huge chore considering how wide this lens is, the thick DoF from ~14mm FF equivalent, 2.8 aperture + APS-C...

B h photo.34921152
15 June 2018
10/10

Shooting with the same lens for a couple of days is remarkable. This 9mm has been the only lens I've shot with for going on 2 weeks so far.The difference in FOV vs the Rokinon 12mm is huge. I love this lens.

B h photo.34921152
12 November 2018
10/10

Well they didnt lie when they said zero distortion. Vertical lines stay vertical. The only issue of sorts is heavy vignetting but I find it easy to clear up. Well worth the money.

Lenstip com.34355424
19 June 2019
8.0/10

A great complement to the Fujifilm primes. A very good value. The quality construction, compactness, wide view, and good optics make it a pleasure to use, Not for everyone (so wide, manual focus), but you know who you are.

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    Very low distortion, and of course ultrawide. Great center acuity, good edges stopped down. Very nicely built with well damped focus and nicely detented aperture ring. Compact. Includes metal petal hood. Takes filters.

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    Vignetting and still slightly soft in the corners, even stopped down.

B h photo.34921152
14 June 2019
10/10

IT'S SO TINY!As with most wide-angle lenses, there's definitely vignetting (that can be corrected in post), but the zero-d aspect of this lens (zero distortion) is actually really impressive.

B h photo.34921152
4 June 2019
8.0/10

I wish Fuji would let Laowa put in circuitry for AF, vignetting and exposure control. This is very easy to carry lens that can produce very good results if the usur is patient and knows how to use photo-editing programs on a computer.

B h photo.34921152
16 December 2018
10/10

As this is not a fish-eye, this is really must have lens for wide angle pictures for Fuji F-X and other SLT. Great quality, almost no distorsion.

B h photo.34921152
15 December 2018
10/10

Very sharp from 2.8! Great colors! No distortion! Highly recommended!!!

Product Highlights
  • E-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 13.5mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Rectilinear Design, Low Distortion
  • Frog Eye Dust & Water-Repellent Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Built-In Petal-Shape Lens Hood
In The Box
  • Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens for Sony E
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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