Venus Optics announces availability for world’s widest native GFX lens, the Laowa 17mm f/4 Zero-D


posted Friday, August 2, 2019 at 4:00 PM EDT


Originally announced at Photokina in 2018, Laowa has announced pricing and availability for the world's widest native lens for Fujifilm GFX medium-format cameras, the Laowa 17mm f/4 Zero-D GFX. In 35mm terms, the 17mm f/4 Zero-D lens offers a 13mm focal length, which corresponds to a 113-degree angle of view.

The rectilinear lens has been designed from the ground up for the Fujifilm GFX system and is aimed at architecture and landscape photographers. The 17mm f/4 GFX lens is the fourth lens in Laowa's "Zero-D" product lineup, which means that it exhibits "close-to-zero" optical distortion, a feature particularly appealing to architecture photographers, as the "Zero-D" design ensures straight lines.

Laowa 17mm f/4 Zero-D GFX lens shown on the Fuji GFX 50S

In terms of physical size, the lens is 4.9 inches (12.5 centimeters) long and weighs 1.8 pounds (around 800 grams). Compared to the GF 23mm f/4 lens, which offers an 18mm-equivalent focal length, the Laowa 17mm f/4 is 0.1 pounds (around 45 grams) lighter while being about an inch longer. On the lens itself, there is a focus ring, engraved depth of field scale and a dedicated aperture control ring. The manual focus lens can focus as close as 7.9 inches (20 centimeters), which results in a maximum magnification ratio of 0.27x. Despite its ultra-wide-angle length, the lens does have a built-in filter thread (86mm) and is also compatible with an optional 100mm magnetic filter holder system.

Laowa 17mm f/4 Zero-D GFX lens

The Laowa 17mm f/4 Zero-D lens for Fuji GFX is available for preorder now. The lens is expected to release in the next few weeks with a suggested retail price of $1,199 USD. For additional information, click here