The LAOWA 17mm f/4 lens is currently the widest native lens available for Fujifilm G mount mirrorless cameras. The Ultra-wide angle FoV, with Close-to-Zero distortion (Zero-D), makes it perfect for landscape, architecture, interior and astrophotography. The 113° angle of view enables photographers to include more into the frame. The 86mm filter thread allows quick attachment of filters for maximum creativity under different light conditions. The lens also features a 5-blade aperture system for creating pleasing sun-star renderings (10-point stars).
Due to the 0.79x “crop” factor of the medium format-sized sensor of GFX cameras, the angle of view is equivalent to a 13mm lens on a 35mm format sensor. It is extremely helpful when shooting interiors or in tight spaces. More information and details can now be included in the frame, compared to any other wide angle lens on the market.
Comprised of 21 elements in 14 groups, the new 17mm f/4 lens is the 4th member of the Laowa “Zero-D” product line-up, which exhibits close-to-zero optical distortion. This particular feature is extremely useful for architecture and interior photographers as all the straight lines can now be retained.
Despite the ultra-wide angle of view, LAOWA has managed to incorporate an 86mm front filter thread. Photographers can quickly attach screw-on filters for maximum control and creativity under different lighting conditions.
86mm Filter Thread
Photographers can also choose to add a magnetic filter holder to use with 100mm-wide filters. A maximum of 2 filters can be stacked with no vignetting visible at any rotation angles. The magnetic filter holder is expected to be released in early Sept.
Magnetic Filter Holder for 100mm-wide filters
The 5-blade aperture system produces a pleasing sunstar rendering. By stopping down the aperture, a photographer can easily create perfect 10-point sunstars.
Similar to other Laowa wide angle lenses, the new 17mm f/4 has impressive close-focusing capabilities! It can focus only 7.9”/ 20cm from the sensor. This allows photographers to get extremely close to the subject while still being able to include the background information in the scene.
There is no other native G mount lens that can achieve the same perspective as the Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX lens. The Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L has been used (together with an adapter) for such purposes, due to the enlarged image circle of a shift lens. We have therefore run a sharpness comparison between the new Laowa 17mm f/4 and the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L, using a Fujifilm GFX50S body. All un-modified images were shot at ISO 100 and f/11. You can clearly see the Laowa 17mm f/4’s superior performance and details in all parts of the frame.
All shot at Iso 100 and f/11.