Several new Laowa lenses to be announced at the Beijing P&E next month

The current Laowa lens lineup

The current Laowa lens lineup

Venus Optics will have several major announcements at the Beijing P&E starting May 3rd. The following new Laowa lenses are rumored/expected:

  • Laowa 10-18 f/3.5-4.5 full frame manual focus lens for Sony FE
  • Laowa GF 17mm f/4 for Fuji GFX
  • Laowa 2x tele macro for DSLR cameras
  • Laowa fisheye lens wider than 180° (not 100% sure about this lens)
  • Laowa 25-100mm f/2.8 full frame mirrorless lens (also not 100% sure about this lens)

The latest Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro lens is delayed until the end of May.

Additional information on Venus Optics products can be found here.

Laowa lenses are sold at B&H and on their official website.


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Coming soon: 7Artisans 35mm f/2 rangefinder lens for Leica M-mount



In July last year, LeicasRumors published the first pictures of the upcoming 7Artisans 35mm f/2 rangefinder coupled lens for Leica M-mount. Here is some additional information:

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Meike announced their first MK 85mm f/1.8 AF full frame lens for Canon EF mount


Meike announced their first MK 85mm f/1.8 AF full frame lens for Canon EF mount cameras. Here are the basic specs (see their previous manual focus lenses):

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Canon, Fuji, Kodak, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma, Sony, Tamron and Zeiss confirmed for the 2018 Photokina show


The rumors about Canon pulling out of the 2018 Photokina show were not true. Today Photokina issued a new press release describing "high exhibitor demand" and confirmed that Arri, Canon, Cewe, DJI, Epson, Fujifilm, Kodak Alaris, Leica, Manfrotto, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Profoto, Sigma, Sony, Tamron and Zeiss have already secured their stands at the coming event.

Here is the full press release:

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LargeSense LS911 is the first full frame 8×10 digital single shot camera




LargeSense launched LS911 - the first full frame 8x10 digital single shot camera available for sale for $106,000. Here are the camera specifications:

  • Single shot 9x11 inch monochrome CMOS sensor
  • High base sensitivity of ISO 2100
  • Live view for focusing
  • Compatible with any large format lens with a sufficient image circle
  • Easy to use HTML-based WiFi control with any HTML5 browser
  • 4k Lossless video with audio up to 26fps
  • User-generated curves to apply to the linear files
  • Integrated 3 shot tri-color images when using color filters
  • Designed for mounting on large tripods or custom camera stands

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Canon rumored to be working on two prosumer mirrorless full frame cameras


CanonRumors reports that two Canon prosumer mirrorless full frame cameras are currently in development. The new flagship mirrorless camera is rumored to be announced first and 6 to 8 months later the lower-end model will be introduced. It is still not clear what lens mount will be deployed with the new Canon mirrorless system:

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New Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 lens rumored to be announced for Photokina in September


I received some new information that Sigma is getting close to announcing their new  70-200mm f/2.8 lens that has been rumored for a while. The official release will most likely happen before the Photokina show in September. Sigma already has a patent for a new 70-200mm f/2.8 lens:


The new 70-200mm f/2.8 lens will replace the current 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM version:

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