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Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 Zoom Lens Announced for Full Frame Mirrorless

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Venus Optics announced the Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 Zoom Lens for full frame mirrorless cameras. The new Laowa 12-24mm F5.6 is incredibly small and affordable for a full-frame ultra wide angle zoom.

The US price of the macro lens is $699 and available for Sony E mount, Canon RF, Nikon Z, Leica M mounts.  are sold at Adorama and B&H

The Laowa 12-24mm F5.6 is a manual focus lens.  The lens ships with an adapter ring that you can use with 77mm filters. The adapter ring also acts as a lens hood. The lens is quite compact. Depending upon the mount version, the lens ranges from 84mm (3.3 in.) to 95.6mm (3.76 in.) in length. The maximum diameter is always 69.4mm. (2.73 in.). The lens weighs about 500 grams (17.6 ounces).

The compact lens delivers a maximum field of view of 121.9 degrees. It also delivers a minimum focus distance of just 15 centimeters (5.9 inches). Here are the details of Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 Zoom Lens.

Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 Zoom Lens Technical Specifications

Format Compatibility Full Frame
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 15cm
Max. Magnification 0.4
Focus mode Manual (MF)
Filter thread ø77mm
Dimensions About ø69.4mm*84mm (M)
ø69.4mm*91.6mm (R)
ø69.4mm*93.6mm (E)
ø69.4mm*95.6mm (Z)
Weight About 497g (with no hood or front/rear caps)
Mount Leica M / Sony E / Nikon Z / Canon RF

Venus Optics announces an affordable 12-24mm f/5.6 Zoom lens for Full Frame sensors

Anhui China, 7 July 2022 – Venus Optics, the camera lens manufacturer that has been endeavoring to invent high-quality lenses at an affordable price, is thrilled to release an ultra-compact Zoom Lens for Full Frame cameras – Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 Zoom. This tiny lens offers an AOV from an ultra-wide 121.9° to an easier-to-control 84° with a fixed aperture. The 5.9”/15cm closest focusing distance allows users to explore more creative shots or even macro-like photos. Laowa’s classical 5-bladed aperture design for stunning 10-point Sunstar also packed in this lens. A 77mm filter can be used directly with the adaptor ring (come along with the lens). With the competitive price of USD649 (USD699 for m mount) and the tiny size, this lens would be perfect for travel and landscape photography. Canon RF, Sony E, Nikon Z and Leica M are available for this lens.

Wide-angle zoom in a compact body

With an 84° to 121.9° zoom range, the lens provides greater flexibility to photographers in framing. Users could adjust the focal length easily with a twist. The lens is relatively compact and light in its class. It is measured to be ⌀69.4x84mm(⌀2.73×3.30”) with a lightweight 497g(1.09lbs). A great option for photographers who wants to pack lightweight.

A constant f/5.6 aperture

The lens has a constant f/5.6 aperture which the aperture does not change when adjusting the focal length. Photographers would have greater control over the photos.

15cm closest focusing distance

The lens has one of the shortest close-focusing distances in the 12-24mm market. It can focus only 5.9”/15cm away from the sensor, giving photographers more room for creative shots such as macro-like shots.

Minimize distortion

Despite it’s not one of the members of the Laowa Zero-D class, the lens still demonstrates an extreme well control performance in minimizing distortion. Still extremely useful for architecture or interior shots when you want the flexibility of a zoom lens at the same time.

Stunning 10-point Sunstar

Like many other Laowa wide-angle lenses, this 12-24mm is designed with a 5-bladed aperture which could render appealing 10-point Sunstar when slightly stepping down the aperture.

77mm filter thread

The 12-24mm Zoom lens is able to use a 77mm filter with the adaptor ring that comes with the lens. The ring is also able to act as a lens hood and protect your image from flaring.

“Frog-Eye” coating

The lens had coated with the water & dust repelling “Frog-Eye” Coating (FEC). It gives your lens an extra layer of protection compared to traditional coatings.