Relatively unknown lens manufacturer (at least here stateside) Venus Optics seems intent to keep surprising wide angle fans, as in addition to their previously announced 12mm f/2.8 lens, they now have announced two more Laowa optics, one for E-mount and one for micro four thirds. The 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D will be the fastest rectilnear lens for a full frame camera, and the 7.5mm f/2 will be the widest f/2 lens ever made for micro four thirds.

Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D

Laowa 15mm f/2 FE is currently the World’s Fastest 15mm rectilinear lens for Full Frame cameras. It features what Laowa claims is a close-to-zero optical distortion.

Venus Optics have managed to add a 72mm filter thread onto the 15mm f/2 lens, which is nice for those who use filters. Filters are generally a hassle when it comes to lenses this wide. 

Designed specially for the Sony Full Frame Mirrorless cameras, Venus Optics has successfully controlled the size and weight of the lens to the minimal. Weighing less than 1.1 pounds (500g) and 82mm in length, the portability and compactness of the Sony E-mount Mirrorless cameras can be maintained when used with the Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Lens.

Featuring the fastest f/2 aperture ever built with a 15mm lens, the new Full Frame E-mount lens is engineered for professionals to shoot impressive landscape, architecture and primary astro photos with great details. 

Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT

The Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT is the Widest f/2 rectilinear lens ever designed for Micro Four Thirds Cameras. Despite the extreme specifications, Venus Optics has successfully minimized the weight of the lens to a merely 0.37 pounds (170g) and 55mm long. The extreme 110 angle of view, ultra-fast f/2 aperture and featherweight make this lens an ideal option to pair up with drones for aerial photography. It also gives photographers a fast and wide-angle option for low-light shooting as well as landscape photography.


The Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D and the Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT will be available to the market in early 2017. Engineering prototype will be available to test in Venus Optics’ Photokina debut. Venus Optics’ booth is in Hall 2.1, Booth A-045.

Speaking of their presense at Photokina, Venus will have all of these optics available for viewing:

  • Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D Lens
  • Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT Lens
  • Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens
  • Laowa 105mm f/2 Smooth Trans Focus Lens
  • Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide Angle Macro Lens
  • Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
  • Laowa Magic Shift Converter for Full Frame E-mount Cameras
  • Laowa 100mm Filter Holder System
  • Laowa 0.7X Focal Reducer with Tilt for Mirrorless Camers
  • Laowa 2X Teleconverter for Canon Cameras
  • Laowa 24mm f/14 2X Macro Relay Lens