Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL

9mm Jul 11, 2020

Venus Optics unveiled the World’s Widest Rectilinear Lens for Full Frame Cameras, Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL

Anhui China, Jun 29, 2020 – Venus Optics, the manufacturer specialized in making unique camera lenses, 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.

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. The ultra-wide angle of view is particularly helpful for interior shooting as it helps exaggerated the sense of space. The one-of-a-kind perspective also helps realized a lot of formerly impossible shots.

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 understand that 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 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.

10 point sunstars

Laowa 9mm f/5.6 is designed with 5-bladed aperture where a clean and appealing
10-point sunstar rendering can be created.

Pricing & Availability

The new Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL is currently available to purchase via Venus Optics official website ( and authorized resellers. The US price for 9mm f/5.6 FF RL 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.