Venus Optics has released the Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D MFT, an ultra-light wide-angle lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras.
The new Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D MFT lens. (Source: Venus Optics.)
Only 41 mm long and weighing only 125 grams, the new lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of around 20mm, covering an angle of view of 96 degrees. Its compactness makes it ideal for users who mount M4/3 cameras on drones or gimbals as well as travellers and street shooters who require lightweight, inconspicuous gear. As the second MFT lens in the ‘Zero-D’ line-up, it features an excellent control of the optical distortion, making it suitable for architectural and interior photography. Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D MFT is assembled with a CPU chip and motor which allows the adjustment of aperture via the camera body. The focus magnifier will be triggered for easier focusing when rotating the focus ring. The metadata will be stored on EXIF while the fast f/2 maximum aperture ensures attractive bokeh.
The optical design of this lens (shown above) consists of 11 elements in 7 groups and includes two glass aspherical and three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses. Five diaphragm blades produce 10-point sunstars. The minimum focusing distance of 12 cm with a magnification ratio of 1:6.67. The Laowa10mm f/2 Zero-D MFT has an ex-tax price of US$399 and is currently available to pre-order in the official website of Venus Optics and authorised resellers.