Venus Optics announces widest full-frame lens, Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom

Anhui China, Oct 26, 2018 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer specializes in making unique camera lenses, unveil the pricing and availability of the world’s widest full-frame lens, Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom lens.

In response to the demand from mirrorless camera shooters of having a compact wide-angle zoom, Venus Optics have managed to compress the size of the 10-18mm FE Zoom to the smallest in its class, measuring approximately 3.5 inches (~9cm) long and weighing only 17.5 ounces (<500g) with a lens diameter of 70mm. It is a welcome relief for landscape, adventure or travel photographers that are traveling over long distances and struggling to find a compact wide-angle zoom to pair up with their cameras.

In addition to the extremely compact size and lightweight body, the 102° (18mm) to 130°(10mm) FoV provides a great deal of flexibility for photographers to compose landscape or architecture photos with ease. The ultra-wide 130° FoV also realizes many impossible shots.

Sunstar rendering has long been considered as one of the most critical elements for UWA lenses. Venus Optics have re-engineered the design of the aperture and incorporated a 5 straight blade aperture to deliver a sharp, clean, well-defined 10-point sunstars. It adds an aesthetic feel into the photos when composing with the sun or other light sources.

Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom lens

Despite having a compact lens body, the 10-18mm FE Zoom still offers an exceptionally high resolution across the frames at all apertures. It houses 14 elements in 10 groups with 2 aspherical elements and 1 extra-low dispersion element. It also comes with an excellent close-up performance. It can focus as close as 15cm (0.5 feet) and deliver a 0.25x magnification for some mini-macro shooting.

Venus Optics truly understands that filter is essential to produce an impressive landscape photo. The new 10-18mm FE Zoom is carefully designed with two-filter solutions available. A rear filter thread is included at the back of the lens to fit with 37mm UV/ND filter. A custom designed 100mm-wide magnetic filter holder system is developed to fit a maximum of three 100mm-wide filters with no vignetting when rotated at any angles.

The lens also incorporates a switch to toggle the click/clickless aperture for videography usage.



Focal Length

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Max. Aperture

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f/4.5 (10mm) – f/5.6 (18mm)


Min. Aperture



Angle of View


102° (18mm) – 130°e (10mm)

Format Compatibility

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Full Frame

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Lens Structure

14 elements in 10 groups

Aperture Blades



Min. Focusing Distance

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Max. Magnification



Filter solutions

– Rear filter thread (37mm)
– 100mm Magnetic Filter Holder System (3pcs

100mm-wide filters)






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Sony FE,
Canon R (Coming soon), Nikon Z (Coming soon)

Pricing & Availability

The lens is currently available to pre-order in authorized resellers and in Venus Optics official website ( First 50 orders through Venus Optic’s webstore will get a 100mm Magnetic Filter Holder System for FREE.

The ex-VAT retail price in US is USD 849/pc. Pricing may vary in different countries. First shipment is expected to commence in late November. Laowa 10mm f/4.5-5.6 in Canon R / Nikon Z mounts will be released in a few months.

About Us

Anhui ChangGeng Optical Technology Company Limited (Venus Optics) is a new Chinese camera lens manufacturer based in Hefei, Anhui. We currently manufacture and distribute camera lenses under the brand name of ‘Laowa’.

For more information about Anhui ChangGeng Optical Technology Company Limited and our products information, visit