Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D: specifications and reviews

Lens
Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D

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Specifications

General characteristics

Laowa
Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D
One time
no EXIF transmitted to camera
for Canon EF-M
for Fuji X
for MFT
for Sony E
Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D for Canon EF-M
Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D for Fuji X
Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D for MFT
Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D for Sony E
fixed focal
2018-03-21
2018-03-21
2018-09-21
2018-03-21
Yes
€ 609
$ 499+VAT
215 gr.
60 mm.
53 mm.
E
APS-C

1.60x

APS-C

1.52x

Micro Four Thirds

2.00x

APS-C

1.52x

Focals

9 mm.
14 mm.
14 mm.
18 mm.
14 mm.
1.00x
No
No / n.a.

Aperture

f/2.8
7
Yes
No
No

Focus

No
Yes
Direct
Yes
12 cm.
0.13x (35mm. equiv)

Build

No
15/10
2 aspherical, 3 extra low dispersion
2 aspherical, 3 Extra Low Dispersion
2 aspherical, 3 extra low dispersion
2 aspherical, 3 Extra Low Dispersion
49 mm.
mm.
No
No
  • ePHOTOzine 8.5/10
    [Tested on Sony variant]
    The Laowa lenses as a range are certainly very interesting [...] Traditional metal construction does mean a higher price, but we have to choose whether the trade-off of quality of results balances out the cost/performance equation. This will obviously be different for different users.
    What we get is the widest lens in its class, with a fast, bright f/2.8 aperture, that performs very well indeed.
  • OpticalLimits 7.3/10
    [Tested on Fuji variant]
    It's super-sharp in the image center and if you avoid f/2.8 the borders/corners are decent. Lateral CAs are generally not an issue. Image distortions are extremely low for a lens of this focal length. The primary weakness is vignetting which is rather extreme at max aperture, at medium aperture settings, it's a lesser issue. Flare in strong contra-light can produce quite a bit of glare. All-metal construction and tight control rings.
  • Phillip Reeve
    [Tested on Sony variant]
    I really liked being able to capture such a wide field of view with such a tiny lens. The resolution is already quite good in most parts of the frame at f/2.8 and stopped down to f/8.0 it is offers a very even across frame performance. [...] The biggest downside of this lens is probably the flare resistance. [...] Nevertheless this lens can be a nice addition to many APS-C kits.
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Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens