Venus Optics, makers of some crazy-wide (and good) and other speciality lenses will be providing L-mount options on six of their existing Laowa wide angle and macro lenses. And of course, this is good news for those using ‘L-mount alliance’ cameras such as the Panasonic S1H, Leica SL, and Sigma fp to name a few.
See a list of the available lenses for L-Mount cameras:
Wide Angle lenses for L-mount
- Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6
- Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D
- Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D
Macro lenses for L-mount
- Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide Angle Macro
- Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro
- Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6
This is currently the widest, full-frame rectilinear zoom lens available on the market. Furthermore, this lens has a relatively compact form factor making it very handy for landscape and travel photographers. In addition, it also has a rear filter slot designed for using ND filters.
Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D
Of course, the Laowa 12mm is the flagship model of Venus Optics and is currently the widest full-frame rectilinear f/2.8 lens. Featuring the famous ‘close-to-zero’ distortion as well as a ultra-fast aperture, this lens is quite popular among astro and landscape photographers. Venus Optics also has a PL mount version of this lens more suitable for filmmaking and video work.
Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D
Here is another very popular Laowa lens, which is also considered a flagship model. It’s super-fast f/2.0 maximum diaphgragm opening and (close to) zero distrotion makes it very handy for real-estate and landscape work.
In addition, unlike other wide angle lenses with bulgy front element, the 15mm Laowa f2 Zero D has a 72mm filter thread making it easy to screw on ND, polarizers and other filters for photography and video work.
Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide Angle Macro
According to Venus Optics, and to my knowledge, this is the widest 1:1 macro lens in the market. The combination of deep depth of field and 1:1 magnification enables photographers to take photos at unique perspectives. Naturally, this is also another full frame lens, and one that is also equipped with a simple +/- 6mm shift mechanism.
Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro
Moving over to the world of APS-C sensors, the Laowa 65mm Macro is a 2:1 macro lens with extended macro range that is always welcomed by macro photographers who was having difficulty in shooting small subjects.
Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro APO
And finally, the sixth lens to be converted to L-mount is their flagship macro lens for full-frame cameras. Apart from the 2:1 magnification, the lens also features an extremely good control of chromatic aberrations control.
Pricing and Availability
Pricing is the same as the other available mounts and they vary in different countries. The L-mount versions of these lenses are expected to ship in August.
For more info and sample photos head over to Venus Optics via the link below.
[via Venus Optics]