Venus Optics has unveiled the Laowa 12-24mm F5.6 wide angle zoom lens for full-frame cameras: Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF, and Leica M mounts. The zoom lens offers an angle of view of 84-121.9°, a fixed aperture of f/5.6, manual focus, and a minimum focusing distance of 15cm.
The Laowa 12-24mm F5.6 manual focus lens is compact in size and weight and competitively priced. The lens is available for Canon RF, Sony E, Nikon Z, and Leica M mounts. The angle of view varies from 84 to 121.9°, the f/5.6 aperture remains constant at all focal lengths, and the aperture has 5 blades, which provide stars with 10 rays.
The minimum focusing distance is only 15 cm, which allows you to take close-up shots with a very peculiar perspective. The lens comes with an adapter ring that allows you to install filters with a diameter of 77 mm, this ring can act as a kind of small lens hood.
Depending on the chosen mount, the length of the lens varies from 84 mm (Leica M) to 95.6 mm (Nikon Z), it weighs 497 g.
The optical design consists of 15 elements in 11 groups, including 2 aspherical elements and 3 ED (extra-low dispersion) elements, which are designed to combat various kinds of distortion and reduce chromatic aberration. Frog-Eye Coating (FEC) lens technology provides protection against water and dust.
Price and availability
The Laowa 12-24mm F5.6 can be pre-ordered from the Bhphotovideo.com website, lenses for Canon RF, Sony E, and Nikon Z mounts cost $649, while lenses for M mount cost $699. Includes lens, two caps, and adapter ring.
Laowa 12-24mm F5.6 specifications
- Format Compatibility: Full Frame
- Mount: Leica M / Sony E / Nikon Z / Canon RF
- Focal length: 12-24mm
- Max. Aperture: f/5.6
- Angle of view: 84° – 121.9°
- Lens structure: 15 elements in 11 groups (2 aspherical elements, 3 ED elements)
- Aperture blades: 5
- Min. focusing distance: 5.91″/15cm
- Max. Magnification: 0.4
- Focus Mode: Manual (MF)
- Filter thread: ø77mm
- Dimensions: 69.4 x 84mm (Leica M) / 69.4 x 91.6mm (Canon RF), 69.4 x 93.6mm (Sony E), 69.4 x 95.6mm) (Nikon Z)
- Weight: 1.09 lbs / 497 g (with no hood or front/rear caps)
Recently, Venus Optics unveiled the new Laowa 90mm f2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO for full-frame mirrorless cameras (Leica L, Canon RF, Nikon Z, Sony E). The ultra macro lens turned out to be compact and at the same time, supports 2: 1 magnification and high-quality optical characteristics, and the lens is priced at $499.