A Review of the Venus Optics Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX Zero-D Lens

Venus Optics is known for producing some rather unique and extreme lens designs, and the Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX Zero-D is no different, offering an extremely wide angle of view for Fujifilm medium format shooters. This great video takes a look at the lens and the kind of performance you can expect from it in the real world.

Coming to you from Darren Miles, this great video review takes a look at the Venus Optics Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX Zero-D lens for Fuji medium format cameras. Traditionally, the range of focal lengths available to medium format shooters is smaller than that available on full frame systems, but with a 35mm-equivalent focal length of about 13mm, the Laowa 17mm f/4 certainly widens the range a bit. It also comes with a variety of features designed to increase image quality, including: 

  • Two aspherical elements and three extra-low dispersion elements for reduced chromatic and spherical aberrations and increased sharpness
  • Zero-D series design for reduced distortion and greater geometric accuracy
  • Frog Eye Coating to repel water and dust from front element
  • Manual focus design
  • Minimum focusing distance of 7.9 inches
  • Five-blade diaphragm that produces 10-point sun stars
  • 86mm front filter thread for using screw-in filters

Altogether, the 17mm f/4 looks like quite the interesting lens for Fujifilm shooters. Check out the video above for Miles' full thoughts. 

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