Venus Optics Announces World's Widest Zoom Lens for Sony Full Frame E-Mount Cameras

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Venus Optics has detailed its latest lens. The upcoming Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom Lens will be the widest zoom lens available for Sony full frame E-mount cameras.

The ultra-wide-angle zoom lens is designed with travel photography in mind and features a compact and lightweight size for its class, measuring less than 9.1 cm long and weighing in at only 1.1lb. In addition, the device offers a 102° (18mm) to 130° (10mm) angle of view, making it ideal for landscape, nature, and architecture photography. Likewise, the lens also boasts an impressive focusing distance for a UWA model of its type, allowing users to focus on subjects as close as 5.9" away with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4. Meanwhile, 5 straight aperture blades have been implemented to render sharp and crisp 10-stroke sunstars. Finally, the unit includes a 37mm filter thread for easy use with ND filters, and a clickless aperture ring option which can toggled by a switch for smooth and silent rotation perfect for videography. 

Here's a full rundown of specs per Venus Optics:

- Focal Length: 10 - 18mm
- Max. Aperture: f/4.5 - 5.6
- Angle of View: 102° - 130°
- Format Compatibility: Full Frame
- Lens Structure: 14 elements in 10 groups
- Aperture Blades: 5
- Min. Focusing Distance: 150mm
- Max. Magnification: 1 : 4
- Focus Mode: Manual Focus
- Filter Thread: 37mm (Rear filter thread)
- Dimensions: 70 x 90.9 mm
- Weight: 496g
- Mounts: Sony FE

The Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom Lens is now available for pre-order via B&H Photo-Video for $849. Shipments are expected to go out by December 17. The lens is designed for use with full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras but can also be paired with APS-C models, offering a 15-27mm equivalent focal length range.

Source: Venus Optics