Venus Optics announced Laowa 12mm f/2.8, 25mm f/2.8 and 100mm f/2.8 lenses for Canon RF and Nikon Z mounts. While mirrorless full-frame cameras are rising in popularity among photography enthusiasts, Venus Optics is embracing the growing hype to add the Canon RF and Nikon Z variants to 3 unique Laowa lenses.
Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D provides the new world’s widest angle of view and fastest f/2.8 aperture on Canon & Nikon’s mirrorless systems. The 100mm f/2.8 ultra-macro creates 2X magnified close-up shots without chromatic aberration. And the 25mm f/2.8 ultra-macro revolutionizes macro photography between 2.5X – 5X life size. The price of them will stay the same as their predecessors.
The new Canon RF and Nikon Z mount versions of the Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D ($949), 25mm F2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro ($399) and 100mm F2.8 2X Ultra Macro ($449) are available to purchase on the Venus Optics website. Laowa lenses are sold at Adorama and B&H.
Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero- D is the world’s widest f/2.8 rectilinear lens with close-to-zero distortion. It is also the widest prime lens with native Canon RF & Nikon Z mount in the current market.
Featuring the widest angle of view (122°) ever offered from a f/2.8 lens, this is an ideal lens for landscape, architecture, interior, travel and astrophotography. On top of its versatile build quality, it incorporates close-to-zero optical distortion feature which keeps the straight lines and shapes of object retained from corner to corner. It is widely known as one of the fastest & sharpest lens that professional landscape and architecture photographer love to work with. Moreover, exclusive water and dust repelling “Frog Eye Coating” has been added onto the front element of the lens, favoring intensive outdoor shootings in harsh conditions.
It is now available in 7 mounts: Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony A, Sony FE, Canon RF & Nikon Z mounts. MSRP in US is US$849.
Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro is the most compact and versatile high magnification macro lens. It is optimized for macro shooting between 2.5X – 5X life size.
The lens is specially designed with an extended working distance (45mm at 2x & 40mm at 2.5x) and small lens barrel. It allows sufficient lighting on the object for easier shooting in the field. Comparing to other extreme macro lens in the market, this lens is a lot more compact and lighter. It also provides a greater depth of field.
The Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X is developed for both professional and leisure macro photography, to be used in the field or indoor set-ups. An optional LED Ring Light and Tripod Collar is available for easier lighting control and precision operation.
There are 6 mounts currently available for this lens: Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony FE, Canon RF & Nikon. MSRP in US is US$399.
Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro is the 2nd member of Laowa 2:1 macro line-up. It features an apochromatic (APO) characteristic that both longitudinal and lateral chromatic aberration are invisible. This new 100mm lens can cover full frame sensor size and focus from 2:1 magnification to infinity. The lens has a similar physical size to other 100mm Macro lens in the market but its wider magnification range allows macro photographers to capture subjects at any sizes. This 100mm f/2.8 lens can also focus to infinity and serve as a portrait lens with exceptional optics quality.
Currently, Canon EF, Nikon AI, Sony FE mounts are available. The New Canon RF mount & Nikon Z mount will start shipping in Mar 2020 tentatively. MSRP in US is $499.