Venus Optics Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 lens now shipping

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The Venus Optics Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 "distortion-free" lens is now in stock (except for Sony E and Canon mount). The lens was launched on Kickstarted a few months ago. Several sample photos can be found here.

Lens design, MTF charts and tech specifications:


Lens descriptions

12mm F/2.8

Focal Length


Maximum Aperture (Fno)


Angle of view


Elements/ Groups

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

Aperture Blades


Format Compatibility

Full Frame

Minimum Aperture


Minimum Focus distance

7.09” (0.18 cm)

Maximum Reproduction Ratio



Manual Focus




1.34 lb (609 g)


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

Hood Detachable


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  • Zos Xavius

    I was pretty sure some people had gotten copies already, but that might have been their 15mm. This lens looks really interesting. I wonder how well it does on aps-c. It sure is pretty small for being a 15/2.8 that covers FF. I can’t wait to see some reviews.

    • RC Jenkins

      Curious…why would you get this on APS-C when you can get lenses like the Tokina 11-16 F/2.8 for far cheaper? The Tokina is also rectilinear, sharp, F/2.8…and offers an even wider FoV on APS-C.

  • William Dyer

    I was a Kickstarter investor and got my copy about a month ago. It is a 12mm 2.8, and I agree, I was surprised by how small it is. But, it is very sharp, and distortion is well controlled. It is not distortion free, but even compared to my Tamron 15-30, at 15, it has much lower distortion. There is mild field curvature at the edges, but hey, it’s a 12mm full frame lens! Set it for f8 and you have depth of field from less than a meter to infinity.

  • Frank Fior

    I tested the 12mm 2.8 lens with the shift adapter at the Photokina fair in Cologne last September, and I was positively surprised, I can agree with you it’s excellent, just waiting that next year prices will drop 🙂

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