Anhui, China—Venus Optics, manufacturer of photo and cinema lenses, added six Laowa L-mount lens options to their existing Laowa wide–angle and macro lens lines. The L-mount lenses work with Panasonic S1 series cameras, the Sigma fp as well as Leica SL/CL models.
The new wide–angle solutions include the Laowa 10–18mm f/4.5–5.6; the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D; and the Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D. The new macro lenses comprise the Laowa 15mm f/4 wide-angle macro; the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x ultra-macro; as well as the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x ultra-macro APO lens.
Six Laowa L-Mount Lens Options
Laowa 10–18mm f/4.5–5.6
Venus Optics says this is currently the widest rectilinear zoom lens available in the market for full–frame cameras. With its small form factor, the lens is also a solution for landscape and travel photographers. Moreover, its rear filter slot enables the use of ND filters.
Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D
This lens is the flagship model of Venus Optics. Again, the company asserts it is currently the widest rectilinear f/2.8 lens in the market for full–frame cameras. The lens features close-to-zero distortion as well as an ultrafast aperture. It is an option for landscape photographers as well as astrophotographers.
Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D
This Zero-D lens features an extremely fast f/2 aperture as well as close-to-zero distortion. “Unlike other wide–angle lenses with bulgy front elements, the 72mm filter thread is an extremely convenient feature for landscape and astrophotographers,” the company announced. The lens is suitable for both photographers and videographers. Similar to the 12mm f/2.8, the 15mm lens also covers a full–frame sensor.
Laowa 15mm f/4
This wide-angle macro lens is currently among the widest 1:1 macro lenses in the market. It offers photographers a combination of deep depth of field and 1:1 magnification. Not only do small subjects appear huge in the photos, but background information (e.g., habitat) is also visible. This lens also covers full–frame sensors and is has a simple +/- 6mm shift mechanism.
Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x
The Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x ultra-macro is a 2:1 macro lens that Venus Optics created especially for mirrorless APS-C-format cameras. The extended macro range is a benefit to macro photographers who are having difficulty shooting small subjects. The compact, lightweight lens body also matches the balance of APS-C camera bodies.
Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro APO
The 100mm macro lens is another the flagship macro lens offered by Venus Optics. Apart from its 2:1 magnification, the lens also features extremely effective control of chromatic aberrations. In addition, it is able to focus from 2:1 magnification to infinity and cover full–frame sensors.
The new L-mount lenses are currently available. Moreover, pricing is the same as their existing mount versions.