Venus Optics Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 lens launched on Kickstarter

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Venus Optics officially launching the Laowa 12mm f/2.8, the world's widest f/2.8 lens with close to zero distortion on Kickstarter:

Venus Optics Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 distortion-free lens design and MTF charts:

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Sample photos:

Venus Optics Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 lens sample photos

Lens specifications:

Lens descriptions

12mm F/2.8

Focal Length

12mm

Maximum Aperture (Fno)

F/2.8

Angle of view

121.96°

Elements/ Groups

16/10 (3pcs ED, 2pcs ASP)

Aperture Blades

7

Format Compatibility

Full Frame

Minimum Aperture

F/22

Minimum Focus distance

7.09” (0.18 cm)

Maximum Reproduction Ratio

0.2x

Focusing

Manual Focus

Dimensions(DxL)

Φ74.8×82.8mm

Weight

1.34 lb (609 g)

Mounts

Canon EF / Nikon AI / Sony A / Pentax K / Sony FE

Hood Detachable

Yes

Press release:

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Venus Optics Announces Laowa 12mm f/2.8, the *World’s Widest f/2.8 Lens with Close-to-Zero Distortion

Featuring an ultra-wide 122° Angle of View and weighing only 1.34 pounds, this is also the world’s *fastest 12mm lens for full frame cameras. It is now on Kickstarter.

Anhui China, Jul 30, 2016 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched several unique lenses including a Wide Angle Macro Lens & a Smooth Trans Focus Lens, is pround to introduce the world’s widest f/2.8 Lens, Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Lens for full frame cameras.

The new Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Lens features a close-to-zero optical distortion, allowing photographers to take landscape/architecture shots with straight lines retained. Featuring a widest angle of view (122°) ever built with a f/2.8 lens, the Laowa Lens is an ideal lens for a variety types of photography. From landscape, architecture, interior, travel to the most important one, astro photography. The combination of ultra wide-angle and fast aperture makes this lens a perfect tool for creating impressive milky way shots.

The Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Lens is designed for photographers for everyday use and hence the weight and size has been controlled to the minimal. The lens weighs only 1.34 pounds (0.6kg) and has a front diameter of 77mm. Venus Optics also offers a filter holder which is designed to fit 2 pieces of 100mm filters and 1 piece of Circular Polariser.

The lens incorporates with 16 elements in 10 groups optical design, including 3 pieces of Extra-Low Dispersion elements and 2pc of Aspherical Elements. This design not only delivers an outstanding image sharpness and controls the distortion to the minmal, but also controls the chromatic aberration at its lowest level. A floating design is also adopted to ensure a good performance even in the closest focusing distance (0.18cm). The enclosure of the lens is fully made of metal to strengthen its durability. Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, Sony Alpha and Pentax K mounts are available.

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Laowa Magic Shift Converter

Along with the new Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Lens, Venus Optics also announces the Laowa Magic Shift Converter which is able to enlarge the full frame image circle through the 4pcs of elements inside the converter. The enlarged image circle provides sufficient image field for lenses shifting by a maximum of 10mm without vignetting. It will transform the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Lens (DSLR mount) into a 17mm f/4 Professional Shift Lens with +/- 10mm shift capability for Full-Frame E-mount cameras. It is a perfect tool for professional architectural photography. The principle is explained in below diagram.

Pricing and Availability

The Laowa 12mm f/2.8 lens will firstly be available for backing via Kickstarter from July 30 (EST Time) onwards. It will then be available for purchase at authorized distributors and resellers from Sept 2016 onwards. The recommended retail price without tax is USD 949.

Kickstarter Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/laowa/ultra-wide-angle-lens-with-zero-distortion-laowa-1

The Laowa Filter Holder & Laowa Magic Shift Converter will be available at authorized distributors and resellers from October onwards. The recommended retail price without tax is USD 50 and USD 300 respectively.
* As of July 2016

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’.

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  • Zos Xavius

    Want

  • Les

    They couldn’t be bothered to have to focus and aperture turn the right way? Let’s hope that’s not indicative of their overall attention to detail.

    • Zos Xavius

      They turn the right way for me. 🙂

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