Review – Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/5.6 for Leica M-mount

This is my evolving review of the widest Leica-M mount lens on Earth. A 9mm f5.6 with rangefinder coupling as well as close focus down to 10cm.. oh and it’s rectilinear!

Please note that Im using a pre-production model so there might be changes to the design before release.

There will of course be a video review as well on my channel which you can also become a member of here!

LAOWA 9mm f5.6 Leica M Review Venus Optics
The lens is smaller than I expected. The build feel very nice.

Laowa 9mm f5.6 Leica M – First Impressions

When picking up the lens I was first struck by how relatively small it is given that its such a special focal length. It’s a solid, all metal lens with a fat metal lens cap. The aperture is step-less and the focus runs smooth.
It does not have a focus tab.

And I know what you are thinking, “who cares about the focus. On a 9mm lens even at a rangefinders closest focus of 70cm pretty much everything you see is already in focus”. Well is so happens to be that the lens can focus past 70cm and all the way down to 10 cm. And it is so cool!

Venus Optics 9mm Leica M Review close focus
Even though it’s rectilinear, at this extreme you will get some bent lines.

Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f5.6 Review Samples

Venus Optics Laowa 9mm Leica Sample
This is not uploaded at maximum quality. Full resolution samples will be available at a later stage.
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  • Yannie Chan

    Look forward to read more from you.