Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens

Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens

Regular price R 13,999.00
1 in stock

This lens is currently (July 2019) the widest zoom lens available for full frame mirrorless cameras. Designed primarily for travel photography, Laowa has managed to compress the size to the smallest in its class, less than 9.1 cm long and only 496 g. The 130° (10mm) to 102° (18mm) angle of view provides flexibility for photographers to compose landscape or architecture photos with ease. The aperture blade system is carefully designed to produce the best sun-star renderings among all UWA lenses on the market.

A photographer cannot create a great landscape photo without using a filter. Laowa has conveniently designed a 37mm filter thread into the back of the lens for photographers to use ND filters with ease.

Due to its extreme compact size, this lens is able to take 100mm-wide filter systems as opposed to the much bulkier and more expensive 150mm systems required by other UWA lenses.

You can find this lens bundled with NiSi's custom filter holder here.

This combination from NiSi and Laowa is the only system wider than 16mm that is compatible with a 100mm filter system, by a massive 4mm margin. 

This lens features one of the closest focusing distances among all UWA lenses for Sony cameras. It focuses as close as 15 cm from the sensor, which offers an additional degree of fun for making macro shots. Comparing other ultra-wide native FF E-mount lenses, the shortest focusing distance is only 28 cm for the Sony 12-24mm and 16-35mm lenses and 30 cm Voigtlander 10mm, 12mm & 15mm lenses.

The click/clickless aperture can be toggled by a switch on the lens barrel. This added feature is extremely useful for videographers.

The Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 is comprised of 14 elements in 10 groups with 2 aspheric elements and 1 Extra-Low dispersion element. The patented optical design successfully minimises distortion and chromatic aberrations to its lowest levels, while delivering superb optical performance from edge to edge.

Full size sample images can be found in Laowa’s Flickr gallery here.

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Delivery options and what they cost

We pride ourselves on FREE lightning fast shipping. Apart from large f-stop gear orders, most of our items ship overnight and the daily cutoff is 14:00. You can read more on the deliveries page or get in touch for a confirmed delivery date and time. 

Can I collect my parcel? 

Yes, you can collect your order from our office in Bosman's Crossing, Stellenbosch (09:00 - 17:00). Just choose the collection option at checkout- we'll follow up with the specifics. Please note that we are very strict about payment if collecting. We will not release any goods if we are not 100% comfortable about payment. We accept the following as payment confirmation in order to release the goods. Please call or message Rudolph on 061 468 1931 if you have any questions.

  • Payfast Card Payment (any customers, new or returning)
  • EFT from FNB to FNB, pending fund clearance (any customers, new or returning)
  • Normal EFT from other banks to FNB (return customers only)
  • Instant EFT from other banks to FNB, pending fund clearance (Any customers, new or returning) 
  • Cash (any customers, new or returning)

What payment options are available?  

  • EFT
  • EFT via Payfast
  • Credit card: VISA & Mastercard

What is your policy on returns and or exchanges?

We are more than happy to exchange any product for something else or a full refund* if you feel that the item you chose isn’t quite right for you. See our Return Policy page for more. 

*If paying with any card, 4.5% of the transaction value goes to the credit card payment facilitation company. "Full Refund" means that we will return the full amount we received after the credit card service fees. If you are at all unsure that what you're buying is ideal for you, rather opt for EFT payment to be safe. 

Where is my order? How can I track my order?

You will receive an email with your tracking number once your order has been collected by our couriers. You can also find tracking number for your orders under "My account" 

You can shop NiSi Filters at the following retailers. 

Orms Bellville
Victorian Towers, 2 Palm St, Bellville, Cape Town

Fritz, 021 910 1380

Rosebank Mall, 50 Bath Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Jean-Francois, 011 880 2885

28 Pearce St, Berea, East London

Damien, 083 574 9134

66 17th Ave, Broadwood, Port Elizabeth
Lascel, 041 367 4401

Nature's Light
Kloof, Durban
Emil, 084 484 9959

Photo Freedom
Ballito, Durban
Graham, 032 586 1212

Choosing Laowa

Understanding the Laowa product range

1. Firstly, they make a variety of macro lenses, primarily for the 35mm market - Canon, Nikon and Sony. 

2. Secondly, they make what is essentially only one wide angle lens, but for all formats from Micro ¾, Fuji X, 35mm, Fuji GFX and even PL mounts. Once you consolidate these different versions of the Zero-D ultra-wide, the product range is quite simple. 

3. Thirdly, they are now (2019) expanding the product range beyond the Zero-D and macro lenses with a dedicated cine zoom and a range of fast, wide MFT lenses for the pro-drone market. The also released their first wide angle zoom lens recently, suggesting that they will be releasing zoom lenses for all mounts. 

Ultra Wide Zero-D Lens

The middle lens (12mm) is the brand’s genesis. It offers a super wide view, impeccable sharpness and class-leading distortion performance in a compact and rock-solid build at a price far below the electronic competition. 

Building on the success of the 12mm, they released versions for almost every mount on the market, which is what you see to the left and right of the 12mm, so essentially these are all the same lens, for different users. Note that the 15mm f/4 is absent - it is something totally different, which is why it is confusing to approach the Laowa product range from a focal length perspective. 

Macro Madness

Laowa seem to have become better known for their macro lenses as this is an area that the mainstream manufacturers have neglected and Laowa have seized the gap with resounding success. As these lenses are all different, we will elaborate more on each with a dedicated content section. Instead of going chronologically, we’ll sort them by weirdness. Image © XiaoKaiHuo

Choosing Laowa

24mm f/14 2x Probe Lens

Laowa 24mm f/14 2x Macro Probe Lens

Choosing Laowa

15mm f/4 1x Macro Lens with Shift

Laowa 15mm f/4 1:1 Wide Angle Macro Lens

Choosing laowa

25mm f/2.8 x 2.5 - x5.0

Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro Lens

Choosing Laowa

60mm + 100mm f/2.8 2x Macro

Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro Lens

15mm f/4 Wide Angle Macro

A Drakensberg Crag Lizard by Luke Verburgt. Available for Canon, Nikon and Sony. 

Choosing Laowa

10-18mm f/4 - f/5.6 for Sony FE

Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens SONY FE

10-18mm f/4 - f/5.6 for Sony FE

West Coast Jetty by Basil Parker.

Taking on the big guns

25-100mm OOOM T/2.6 Cine Zoom

Tiny Wides

4mm f/2.8 + 17mm f/1.8 MFT