Venus Optics Laowa 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 FE Zoom E-mount lens review by Hezu

reviewer#44217 date: Jan-26-2019
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:CZ 4/16-35
CZ 2.8/16-35
Sigma EX 14 mm f2.8
(+ various other lenses)
price paid:USD 849 (new)
positive:+ very wide angle of view
+ compact
+ offers both clickable and smooth aperture control
+ accepts filters (although with caveats)
negative:- slow (aperture wise)
- all manual controls
- does not communicate with the camera at all: no EXIF information and you have to set the SS focal length manually, which you might have to do often if you zoom often.
- the integrated sun hood provides little protection from flares
- custom lens cap, better not lose it!
- the filter threads are on the rear of the lens, so if you would like to change that filter, you must remove the lens from the camera. Also works only with slim filters.
comment:This is a peculiar little lens, one of the widest available and yet fairly compact, although the metal construction means you might be initially surprised by the weight.

Obviously there is little distortion, but nothing alarming. And flares can be a problem when pointing towards a strong light source (eg. sun).

Unlike many super-wide angles, the lens can take filters, although the 37 mm filter threads in the rear of the lens are not very practical. The accessory filter holder for 100 mm sheet filters is little better, although the magnetic attachment system requires adding a special frame to filters, which might make the interoperation between different filter holders little trickier.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 2
  • sharpness: 4.25
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.45 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania