Laowa 8-16mm f/3.5-5 Zoom CF Lens

LaowaSKU: 6940486704082

Fit: Fuji X
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Product Description

Laowa 8-16mm f/3.5-5 Zoom CF

  • Designed for APSC mirrorless cameras
  • Wide Angle of View Covering 82.8° to 120.9°
  • Lightweight and Compact (463g)
  • Designed for Mirrorless Cameras
  • Filter Thread Availability (86mm)
  • 10-point Sunstar
  • 20cm Close Focusing Distance
  • Aperture Ring Declicking Feature for Video Shooting

Laowa 8-16mm f/3.5-5 Zoom CF is made to be small, lightweight, and easy to carry, making it the ideal addition to your travel gear. Photographers love to reach for a wide-angle lens to capture vast landscape views, or to get really close to a subject, while still giving context to the surroundings. Laowa 8-16mm Zoom is a useful tool, and one should be in the bag of every serious shooter.Laowa 8-16mm Wide Angle - Overview image

Wide Angle of View

With angle of view spanning from 82.8 degrees to 120.9 degrees, this lens opens up new horizons for capturing expansive scenes and diverse perspectives. It’s the ultimate tool for landscape photography, architectural shots, creative wide-angle portraits and any narrative that calls for a broader view.

Wide angle of view example photo of a city scape and sunset

City scapes at night - One example at 8mm and 16mm

Designed for Mirrorless Cameras

Designed specifically for mirrorless cameras, this lens seamlessly integrates with your setup, providing optimal image quality while maintaining the portability that mirrorless camera users appreciate.

Photo of the lens and mount types

Filter Compatibility

Its 86mm filter thread adds to its flexibility, allowing you to experiment for various photographic needs. Whether you want to use ND filters for long exposure shots, polarizers for enhanced skies, or creative look filters to infuse your images with unique artistic flair, this lens gives you the flexibility to experiment and enhance your photos.

Filter size example photo of the lens attached to a camer body

Sunstar Effect

In addition to its impressive features, the 8-16mm lens offers a unique sunstar effect with its 5-blade aperture, adding a captivating visual element to your photos.

City scape photo of sunstars at a busy road section at dusk

Close Focusing Capability

It also boasts a close focusing capability of 20cm, enabling you to capture intricate details even from a short distance.

Diagram of the close focus functionality - Top down view of the camera and lens

Aperture Ring De-clicking

For videographers, the lens features an aperture ring de-clicking option, ensuring smooth and seamless aperture adjustments during video shooting. 

Final example photo of the aperture ring mechanism

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Understanding: Aperture

Aperture is the opening in a camera lens that controls how much light enters the camera. It's measured in f-stops like f/2.8 or f/8. Lower f-stop numbers mean wider openings, letting in more light and creating a shallow depth of field (blurry background). Higher f-stop numbers mean smaller openings, letting in less light and creating a larger depth of field (more of the scene in focus). Aperture also affects the quality of out-of-focus areas in the image (bokeh).

Understanding: Lens Types

Different lenses have different purposes to achieve different styles of images, some popular ones include:
Prime Lens: Fixed focal length, sharp images, great for portraits and dark settings.
Zoom Lens: Variable focal length, versatile for different shots and everyday use..
Wide-Angle Lens: Captures wide scenes like landscapes.
Telephoto Lens: Magnifies distant subjects, ideal for sports & wildlife.
Macro Lens: Perfect for close-up photography of small subjects.
Fisheye Lens: Ultra-wide perspective, creates unique images.

Understanding: Lens Mounts

Different camera brands use different lens mounts, which are like connectors that attach lenses to camera bodies. Each mount is specific to a particular brand and camera series. For example, Canon uses the EF and RF mounts, Nikon uses the F mount, Sony uses the E mount for its mirrorless cameras. These mounts dictate which lenses are compatible with which cameras. Some brands offer adapters to use lenses from other systems, but it's essential to ensure compatibility for proper functionality and autofocus performance.

Understanding: Manual and Autofocus

Manual focus and autofocus are two ways to adjust the sharpness of a camera lens. With manual focus, you turn a ring on the lens to bring the subject into focus yourself, giving you full control over what appears sharp in the image. Autofocus, on the other hand, relies on the camera's built-in technology to automatically adjust the focus for you, usually by detecting contrast or phase differences in the scene. Autofocus can be convenient, especially for fast-moving subjects or when you need to capture a quick shot, whereas manual focus allows for precise adjustments and creative control over the final image.

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