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

Venus Optics has established a reputation for impressively unique and interesting lenses. The Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX Zero-D continues in that tradition, giving Fujifilm medium format users a particularly wide angle of view, making it appealing for genres like landscape and architecture photography. This excellent video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it. 

Coming to you from Keith Cooper, this great video review takes a look at the Venus Optics Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX Zero-D lens for Fujifilm medium format cameras. Usually, medium format lens libraries do not reach the same extremes of focal lengths as their full frame counterparts, but with a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 13mm, this particular lens certain stretches the traditional range. Along with that extreme design come a range of features, including:

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

Altogether, the 17mm f/4 looks like quite the unique lens for GFX users. Check out the video above for Cooper's full thoughts. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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