Venus Optics Laowa 8-16mm f/3.5-5 Zoom CF lens officially announced (E, X, Z, RF, EF-M)

The Laowa 8-16mm f/3.5-5 CF ultra-wide-angle zoom lens from Venus Optics for Sony E, Fujifilm X, Nikon Z, Canon RF, and Canon EF-M mount is now officially announced (previously reported here):

Here are the details:

Laowa 8-16mm f3.5-5 Zoom CF
Focal Length 8-16mm
Angle of View 82.8°-120.9°
Aperture Range F3.5(5)-16
Format Compatibility APS-C
Lens Structure 16 elements in 12 groups (2pcs of Aspherical Elements+ 2 pcs of Extra-low Dispersion Elements)
Aperture Blades 5
Min. Focusing Distance 20cm/7.87’’
Max. Magnification 0.125X
Filter Thread Ø86mm
Dimensions About Ø88.4 x 88.53 mm(3.48 x 3.48’’)
Weight About 463g (1.02 lb)
Mounts Sony E, Fujifilm X, Nikon Z, Canon RF, Canon EF-M

Laowa 8-16mm f/3.5-5 Zoom CF: Big World in a Tiny Lens

Anhui China, 10 October 2023 – Venus Optics is delighted to introduce its latest creation, the Laowa 8-16mm f3.5-5 Zoom CF. A unique compact zoom lens redefines the boundaries of wide-angle photography and is designed to meet the needs of modern photographers.

With an angle of view spanning from 82.8 degrees to 120.9 degrees, this lens opens up new horizons for capturing expansive scenes and diverse perspectives for APS-C users. Like most of the Laowa wide-angle lenses, the 8-16mm also has well-controlled optical distortion. It is also able to focus at a close distance and has an 86mm filter thread for more creative options. It's the ultimate tool for landscape photography, architectural shots, creative wide-angle portraits, and any narrative that calls for a broader view.

Lightweight and compact design
What truly sets this lens apart is its lightweight and compact design, weighing in at just 463 grams. Its small size paired with such a wide angle makes it a perfect companion for travel and on-the-go photography, ensuring you never miss a moment. Additionally, its user-friendly design makes it suitable for both amateur enthusiasts and seasoned professionals, providing a seamless photography experience and making it a great addition to any camera kit.

Designed specifically for mirrorless cameras, this lens seamlessly integrates with your setup, providing optimal image quality while maintaining the portability that mirrorless camera users appreciate.

In addition to its impressive features, the 8-16mm lens offers a unique Sunstar effect with its 5-blade aperture, adding a captivating visual element to your photos.

86mm filter thread
Its 86mm filter thread adds to its flexibility, allowing you to experiment for various photographic needs. Whether you want to use ND filters for long exposure shots, polarizers for enhanced skies, or creative look filters to infuse your images with unique artistic flair, this lens gives you the flexibility to experiment and improve your photos.

Close focusing capability of 20cm
It also boasts a close focusing capability of 20cm, enabling you to capture intricate details even from a short distance.

Aperture ring de-clicking option
For videographers, the lens features an aperture ring de-clicking option, ensuring smooth and seamless aperture adjustments during video shooting.

Pricing & availability
The Laowa 8-16mm f3.5-5 Zoom CF is currently available for purchase at an affordable price of USD 549. You can find it on the official Venus Optics website ( and through authorized resellers. Pricing varies in different countries.

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