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Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom Full-Frame Lens (2018)

MSRP 699 USDNeo score 40%Ext score 66%

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Product Overview

Laowa 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 Zoom is a unique manual-focus ultra wide-angle prime lens for Leica L-mount, Nikon Z-mount, and Sony E-mount. It is the widest rectilinear zoom lens that covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Laowa in 2018, it has 14 elements in 10 groups.
Manual focus may be limiting to some, but purists will find it much more engaging. There are also fewer things to go wrong on the long run. Unfortunately, Laowa has opted to omit weather sealing for this lens, so owners should pay extra attention when shooting in incremental weathers.
As an ultra wide-angle prime lens that happens to have relatively small maximum aperture, it is best suited for landscape photography. Even though the lens is not stabilized, at this focal range it does not usually matter. In fact, some may be able to get cleaner corners without image stabilization.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neo score 40% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Widest rectilinear zoom lens for FF
  • Good build quality
Cons
  • Dark maximum aperture
  • Lacks weather sealing
  • No front filter
  • Optically weak

What external reviewers found***

Ext 66% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Very good performance in the centre
  • Compact and light
  • Wide angle of view for full-frame systems
  • Sunstars with 10 spikes are really nice and you get them even wide open (except at 18mm)
Cons
  • Focusing scale not respected at all
  • No autofocus
  • Occasional chromatic aberration
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
7 blades
Form Factor
Ultra Wide-Angle Prime Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Barrel
Physical aperture ring, Distance scale, DoF scale
Lens Mount
Leica L-mount, Nikon Z-mount, Sony E-mount
Optical Formula | Elements
14 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
10 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
1 ED and 2 aspherical elements groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
37 mm / 1.46 in
Size | Diameter
70 mm / 2.76 in
Size | Length
91 mm / 3.58 in
Weight
496 g / 17.53 oz

Function

Angle Of View
130.4° Diagonal | 121.9° Horizontal | 100.4° Vertical (wide) ~ 100.5° Diagonal | 90.0° Horizontal | 67.4° Vertical (tele)
Aperture
f/4.5–5.6 ~ f/22
Autofocus
No
Focal Length
10 mm ~ 18 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
No

Performance

Max Magnification
0.25x
Min Focus Distance
150 mm / 5.91 in

Production

Debut
2018-04-20
Made In
China

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

sonyalpha[1]

Sentiment Score 63%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
The Laowa 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 is the second ultra wide zoom for Sony E mount. It is a fully manual lenses with aperture control on the lens and manual focusing ring. Sharpness tests made on Sony A7RIII (42Mpix) show consistent good results in the centre but corners are lagging behind & being good around F8-F11.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very good performance in the centre
  • Sunstars with 10 spikes are really nice and you get them even wide open (except at 18mm)
  • Compactness is surprising and it offers nice possibility to mount a rear ND filter on the back or front filter holder
Cons
  • Focusing scale not respected at all

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 69%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Venus Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 is the widest rectilinear zoom for any full-frame system. At $849 it's a relative bargain when compared with the lenses it most directly competes with. It doesn't autofocus, nor does it include weather sealing, and its optical quality isn't on the same level.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Wide angle of view for full-frame systems
  • Compact and light
Cons
  • Occasional chromatic aberration
  • No autofocus

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Laowa 10-18mm F4.5-5.6. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2019/02/13/laowa-10-18mm-f4-5-5-6/. 2019-02-13. Retrieved 2022-01-25.
2. ^ Venus Optics Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/venus-optics-laowa-10-18mm-f45-56. 2020-04-13. Retrieved 2022-01-25.

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