Laowa 17mm f/4 Zero-D GFX Lens for Fujifilm GFX Cameras

August 5, 2019 | Mark Goldstein | Lenses | Comment |

The new Laowa 17mm f/4 Zero-D GFX is the World’s widest native lens for Fujifilm GFX cameras. Despite the extreme specifications, Venus Optics have managed to compress the size of the Laowa 17mm f/4 Zero-D to be the smallest in its class and include an 86mm filter thread.

The lens is currently available to pre-order, priced at $1199, with first shipments expected to start in mid August 2019.

Venus Optics Press Release

Venus Optics announce pricing and availability of the World’s Widest native lens for Fujifilm GFX cameras

Anhui China, Aug 1, 2019 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer specializes in making unique camera lenses, unveil the pricing and availability of the world’s widest rectilinear lens for Fujifilm GFX camera system, Laowa 17mm f/4 Zero-D GFX lens.

Laowa 17mm f/4 Zero-D GFX is a 13.5mm equivalent ultra-wide angle prime specially designed for Fujifilm GFX camera system. The 113°ultra-wide perspective makes it an ideal lens for landscape and architecture photography. Houses with 21 elements in 14 groups, the new 17mm lens is the † 4th member of the Laowa “Zero-D” product line-up, which claims to exhibit a close-to-zero optical distortion rate. This particular feature is extremely useful for architecture and interior photographers as all the straight lines can now be retained. Similar to other Laowa wide angle lenses, the new 17mm f/4 has a very good close-focus capability and it can focus up to 7.9” / 20cm from the object to the sensor. It allows photographers to get much closer to the subject but still are able to include the background information into the frame.

Despite the extreme specifications, Venus Optics have managed to compress the size of the Laowa 17mm f/4 Zero-D to the smallest in its class, measuring approximately 4.9 inches (~12.5cm) long and weighing only 1.8 lbs (~800g) with diameter of 88mm. The lens also features a 5-blade aperture system to create a pleasing 10-point sunstar rendering.

Filter is an essential part of landscape photography but most ultra-wide angle lenses in the market has a bulgy front element, making it impossible to install screw-on filters. The new 17mm f/4 lens is designed to include an 86mm filter thread where quick attachment of filters is no longer a problem. Photographers can also choose to purchase the optional magnetic filter holder for using with 100mm-wide slot-in filters (No vignetting is seen when used with 2pcs of 100mm-wide filters).

†  First three member of the ‘Zero-D’ product family are Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D , Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D & Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D respectively.

Pricing & Availability

The lens is currently available to pre-order in authorized resellers and in Venus Optics official website (http://www.venuslens.net/). 

The ex-VAT retail price in US is USD 1,199/pc. Pricing may vary in different countries. 

First shipment is expected to start in mid Aug 2019.

Specifications 

Focal Length

17mm

Max. Aperture

f/4

Min. Aperture

f/32

Angle of View

113°

Format Compatibility

Medium Format

Lens Structure

21 elements in 14 groups

Aperture Blades

5

Min. Focusing Distance

20cm

Max. Magnification

0.27x

Filter solutions

  • 85mm Filter Thread
  • via 100mm Magnetic Filter Holder System

Dimensions

Φ 88×124.5mm

Weight

829 g

Mounts

Fujifilm G

About Us

Anhui ChangGeng Optical Technology Company Limited (Venus Optics) is a new Chinese camera lens manufacturer based in Hefei, Anhui. We currently manufacture and distribute camera lenses under the brand name of ‘Laowa’. 

For more information about Anhui ChangGeng Optical Technology Company Limited and our products information, visit http://www.venuslens.net/



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