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.