The new Laowa 14mm f4 Zero-D wide-angle prime lens for Canon and Nikon DSLRs has been just announced by Venus Optics.
Designed for full-frame cameras equipped with Canon EF or Nikon F mount, the new wide-angle lens sports the “Zero-D” badge and sports a 114 degrees angle of view.
Furthermore, this is a rather lightweight lens for its class, coming it at just over 300g, with the Nikon version weighing 40 grams more than the Canon EF version.
Canon EF version of new Laowa 14mm f/4 Zero-D supports electronic aperture control
Also, the Canon EF mount version of this lens has an electronic mount allowing photographers to change the aperture via the camera. However, the focus remains fully manual on both versions.
In addition, the lens has a very short minimum focusing distance of just 14.5cm, which enables creatives to capture extreme perspectives and smooth bokeh.
Nevertheless, the lens also comes with a 5 bladed aperture rendering stunning 10 point sun-stars.
The focusing scale is adjustable so photographers can fine tune its working distance according to the deviation of the flange range of their own cameras.
Moreover, the ultra wide angle of view of around 114 degrees ensures users have extra room to capture some stunning landscapes or cityscapes.
Many of you recall the previously launched Laowa 14mm f4 FF RL Zero-D, which is not the same lens, at least not optically. According to Venus Optics, the new 14mm f4 Zero-D in question here, features a new optical design comprised of 13 elements arranged in 10 groups.
ED and Aspherical Elements for a New Optical Design
Furthermore, the optical design includes 2 extra-low dispersion elements and 2 pieces of aspherical glasses to eliminate the colour fringing. This design greatly improves the clarity, including the image quality from corner to corner.
At just 75mm in length and roughly new 14mm lens is relatively compact and lightweight when compared with other lenses with similar focal lengths.
As mentioned above, the Canon EF version of the new Lawoa 14mm f/4 Zero-D is equipped with CPU chips and motors which allows users to adjust the aperture via the body of their DSLRs. In addition, this chip also stores the metadata in EXIF to improve its convenience.
Focusing Scale Adjustment System
The compact lens design allows for 46mm screw-on front filters without a filter holder, which is convenient.
In addition, the new Laowa 14mm f/4 Zero-D DSLR is the first lens in the range to get a focusing scale adjustment system. This new feature allows easy focus calibration against users’ own cameras. The actual infinity point would be right on the infinity mark, making it helpful in shooting in the field, especially in astro photography.
- Focal Length/Model: 14mm f/4 Zero-D DSLR
- Lens mounts available:
- Canon EF or Nikon F
- Sensor Coverage: Full-Frame 35mm
- Aperture: f/4- f/22
- Angle of View: 114 degrees
- Lens Structure:
- 13 elements in 8 groups
- 2 x ED, 2 x Aspherical Elements
- Aperture Blades: 5
- Canon EF : Automatic Aperture;
- Nikon F: Manual Aperture Coupling
- Closest Focusing Distance: 14.5cm
- Maximum Magnification: 0.3x
- Focus Mode: Manual
- Filter Thread: 67mm
- EF – 72.5mm x 75mm
- Nikon F: – 72.5mm x 73mm
- Lens Weight:
- Canon EF: around 320g;
- Nikon F mount: around 360g