Review Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL: Worlds Wides Ultra-Wide-Angle Rectilinear Lens For Full-Frame Cameras

Richard Wong released his Laowa 9mm f/5.6mm review and man is it wide. Below is a summary of his review:

  • Super close focus distance
  • At f/5.6 to f/8 focused on 1m everything is in focus so you can vlog with it easily.
  • No OIS, but if your camera has IBIS it should be able to stabilize wide well enough
  • Worlds wides ultra-wide-angle rectilinear lens for full-frame cameras
  • Laowa will have an 11mm f/4.5 and 40mm f/4 lens that will be the same lens mounts
  • This lens might be too wide because it’s beyond anything you have experienced
  • Normally he knows the view angle, but not with this lens
  • Just tilting up or down slightly can dramatically change the composition or even stepping forward or back
  • The lens is so wide that it makes his Nikon ultra-wide-angle look standard
  • Can focus down to 0.1m
  • No indicator for how to line the lens up with the body
  • Image sharpness pretty good at f/5.6 gets better by f/8
  • By f/16 the center gets a little softer
  • The corners are soft at f/5.6, but it improves a little at f/8, but they are sharpest at f/16
  • Distortion isn’t bad past 1m
  • f/5.6 no Sunstar in the photo, but it is there by f/8 through f/22
  • If you go beyond f/8 you get kind of a double sunstar
  • Color fringing is well-controlled shooting right into the sun
  • You can get some ghosting shooting into the sun
  • Vynyetting is quite noticeable even stopped down
  • They could make the lens quite a bit bigger if they want to reduce vynyetting
  • Ghosting is quite easy and the corners aren’t the sharpest, but it doesn’t stop him from having a lot of fun taking photos with this lens
  • It’s such a fun lens that you will overlook the flaws because before this lens you couldn’t shoot this wide without using a fisheye and defishing is which would reduce the quality more than this 9mm lens
  • Image quality isn’t perfect, but it makes shooting wide easy
  • Laowa always wants to create something different and very unique

Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL: Venus Optics / B&H Photo / Amazon

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