Laowa, the king and queen of interesting lenses, have released a 9mm non-fisheye lens. That is, an ultra wide-angled prime lens, with "zero distortion."
Laowa came onto most people's radar with their incredible and slightly ridiculous 24mm probe macro lens. The truth is, that's the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Laowa and the more my relationship with them develops, and the more I get to try their arsenal of lenses, the more I'm blown away, and a touch confused.
I'm blown away because their lenses are fantastic quality, usually singular in one way or another, and lots of fun to use. I'm a touch confused because I always feel they charge around half the price of what I expect the lens to be. The 9mm f/5.6 lens that Mattias Burling reviews is pre-production and different to their Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D that costs $499 as that one is not a full frame lens. But the "Zero-D" part appears to be carrying over, so what does it mean?
Well, the lens, as you can see above, doesn't have the fisheye effect, even on a GFX 50R medium format camera! (That said, it does obviously require some cropping.) As seems to be the case with almost all Laowa lenses, it has such a close minimum focus distance that it's practically a macro lens too.
What do you make of this lens? Have you tried it? Let me know in the comment section below.