LAOWA 17mm f/4 Ultra-wide GFX Zero-D lens

LAOWA’s introduced the “world’s widest” full-frame lens for the Fujifilm GFX cameras. That lens is the LAOWA 17mm f/4 Ultra-wide GFX Zero-D lens.

The LAOWA 17mm f/4 Ultra-wide GFX Zero-D lens is the 4th installment in the “Zero-D product line-up.” It sports a 13.5mm equivalent (in 35mm format) ultra-wide angle prime lens. The lens is designed for the Fujifilm GTX camera and features a 113-degrees ultra-wide perspective. That should make the lens most ideal for landscape and architectural photography.

Close focusing

Inside, the lens is made of 21 elements in 14 groups. The 21 elements include 3 low dispersion and 2 aspheric lens elements. Much like LAOWA’s other wide-angle lenses, the new 17mm f/4 has close-focusing capabilities. According to LAOWA, it can focus 7.9” from the camera’s sensors. Photographers should be able to get fairly close to the subject with that kind of focusing.

“This allows photographers to get extremely close to the subject while still being able to include the background information in the scene,” says LAOWA.

LAOWA claims the 17mm f/4 Ultra-wide GFX Zero-D lens is the "world's widest native lens"
LAOWA claims the 17mm f/4 Ultra-wide GFX Zero-D lens is the “world’s widest native lens”

Build

LAOWA says they’ve kept the size of the LAOWA compacted, even with all the specs. The company claims it’s the smallest in its class. In total, it measures about 4.9 inches long, weighs 1.8 lbs, and has a diameter of 3.5 inches. The lens additionally has a 5-blade aperture that can create a 10-point sunstar rendering.

Filters

The LAOWA 17mm f/4 lens is designed with an 86mm filter thread. So, attaching filters should be quick. Additionally, users can purchase an optional magnetic filter holder for use with 100mm x 150mm glass filters.

Pricing and availability

The LAOWA 17mm f/4 Ultra-wide GFX Zero-D lens will be out in the middle of this month for $1,199. If you want to learn more about this lens, you can head to LAOWA’s website.

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