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Venus Optics LAOWA 9 mm f/5.6 FF RL

Venus Optics LAOWA 9 mm f/5.6 FF RL
13 August 2020
Maciej Latałło

1. Introduction

When it comes to such producers as Venus Laowa I know I might sound a bit repetitive and perhaps it's becoming boring but I think if a company deserves to be praised it should be praised and I don't intend to be skimpy with it.

I've emphasized many times how I like Laowa approach. They don't produce just another, ordinary standard lens classic to the core or a portrait lens or another journalistic 1.4/35. They almost always add a twist Most of their devices are unique, without any direct rivals in line-ups of other competitors on the market. If even their parameters are similar, they still stick out with, e.g. an unusual minimum focusing distance and projection scale, connected to it.

The full frame Venus Optics LAOWA 9 mm f/5.6 FF RL is not an exception to that rule – with a really impressing angle of view, reaching 135 degrees, it managed to surpass the previous record-breaker, the rectilinear Voigtlander Hyper Wide Heliar 10 mm f/5.6.


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How would the new lens fare in our tests? Of course we wanted to check that very much and we were very pleased when the FoxFoto, company, the sole distributor of Venus Laowa products in Poland, delivered us one specimen of the tested lens. The results you can find in the following chapters – enjoy your reading!

You are also invited to get acquainted with our test procedure, described in the article "How do we test lenses?" If you feel it’s still not enough, please go to our FAQ section where you can find some further explanation.

Venus Optics LAOWA 9 mm f/5.6 FF RL - Introduction

Venus Optics LAOWA 9 mm f/5.6 FF RL - Introduction