Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 distortion-free lens to be announced next week

Laowa Zero-D 12mm f:2.8 distortion-free lens
The new Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 distortion-free lens I reported about back in February will be officially announced on July 30th at 7 pm EST. The retail price will be USD 949, early birds will be able to get discounts. There are several better photos of the actual lens on flickr (credit: Daniel Han):

Update: the Nikon version of the lens can be seen here.

Laowa Zero-Distortion 12mm f/2.8 Lens


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The first lens preview is now online:

Sample video footage taken with the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens:

Sample photos can be found on flickr:

Laowa Zero-D 12 mm f/2,8

Technical specs:

  • Image circle: 24x36
  • Field of view: 121.96°
  • Optical formula: 16 elements, including 2 aspherical elements and 3 elements made of glass with anomalous dispersion, in 10 groups
  • Number of aperture blades: 7
  • Aperture range: f/2.8 - f/22
  • Manual focus
  • Minimum focusing distance: 0.18m
  • Maximum magnification: 0.2x
  • Maximum diameter: 74.8mm
  • Length: 82.2mm
  • Weight: circa 570g.
  • Available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony A and Sony E mounts

Venus Optics Laowa lenses are available at B&H.

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  • Zos Xavius

    This lens looks pretty good really.

    • Vortex

      thought i am more interested how the images look ….. you know optical quality.

      • Zos Xavius

        I meant optically

  • Jeffry De Meyer

    Shame all the images are low light or overcast.

  • kacoooper

    I should have a longish review of the lens published later today or 1st thing Monday morning.

    I still have it here if anyone has any specific questions 😉

    • s.dunn

      Overall impressions from a build quality perspective?
      Comparisons size wise to Nikon 14-24?
      (Sorry I see now comparing the specs that it’s smaller in ever dimension and almost half the weight!)
      How well does it seem to perform wide open?
      Aperture blades straight or rounded?

      • kacoooper

        Good solid build – distinctly smaller than my EF11-24 (no ‘N’ here 🙂 not bad at 2.8, but corners soft (as expected). By 5.6 it’s good and at 8 very good. curved blades but not circular. Rather good on my 5Ds – made several 22″x33″ prints
        Flare good – long review will be on the Northlight Images site in later this evening

        • s.dunn

          Thanks for that! I look forward to your review!

          Did they give you any indication on price? Their other lenses seem to be relative bargains!

          • kacoooper

            Not info I’ve got – the official launch should be in the coming week…

            A lot less than my EF11-24 🙂

  • Vortex

    what about the irix lenses.. vaporware?

    • Wirral51

      Irix aren’t bringing out a Sony A or E mount version for some considerable time

  • kacoooper

    review of lens now up at

    still have the lens, so questions welcome, but do note that it’s a pre-production model.

    • Zos Xavius

      Thank you!

    • Hi there,

      Does the lens have an automatic aperture?

      • kacoooper

        No – fully manual means just that

  • Overman

    price should be $399. Anything over that is a no go.

    • David

      For a bloody full-frame 12mm lens??? You’re kidding right?

    • Curiousmonga

      let’s see, the Samyang 14 F2.8 was over $400 when it was announced, and it had MASSIVE amounts of distortion, plus 14mm F2.8 wasn’t anything special

      this is the ONLY 12mm F2.8 on the market, has close to ZERO distortion, what more do you want?

      • I though it was pretty clear, he wants a lens for under $400.

  • VanHoff

    Lol “7 aperture blades” really?

    Why not 9 as every else wannabe -pro- lens?

  • Sakaphoto Graphics

    I will be thrilled to see the first distortion-free lens ever. I didn’t think that it would be ever be possible outside of a fantasy.

  • Crappy coma control for night sky photography. Where the 15mm Irix???

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