Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D
(From Venus Optics -- Laowa lens literature)
Venus Optics, the camera lens manufacturer who had previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, is proud to announce the world's widest rectilinear f/2 native lens for Sony Full Frame E-mount cameras, the Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D.
Super Light & Compact
The Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D is currently the widest f/2 rectilinear lens on the market which comes with a native E mount (i.e. it does not require additional adapters). It is an ultra-wide & ultra-fast prime lens which covers both 35mm full-frame & APS-C sensors. Despite the extreme specifications, Venus Optics has successfully minimized the weight of the lens to around 500g (~1.1 pounds) and length to 8cm (~3.2 inches). This compact and lightweight lens is comprised of 12 elements in 9 groups with 2 aspherical elements and 3 Extra-low dispersion elements. The patented optical design successfully minimizes distortion and chromatic aberrations to their lowest but at the same time, delivers a superb optical performance from corner to corner.
72mm Filter Thread
Ultra-wide & fast lenses on the market tend to be huge and have a dome-shaped front element. It is a headache for landscape photographers who need to use filters very often. Venus Optics understands their needs and managed to design a flat front surface and include a 72mm filter thread into the lens. 72mm screw-on filters can be used and no more investment in bulky filter holders is required.
Ultra Wide & Ultra Fast
The extreme 110° angle of view and ultra-fast f/2 aperture allow photographers to create impressive astro-photography shots with ease. It also gives photographers a fast and wide-angle option for landscape photography and low-light shooting.
The Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D is the second member of the Close-to-Zero distortion line-up from Venus Optics, following the launch of 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D last year. The lens is specially designed to remove the optical distortion that commonly exists in wide angle lenses at infinity focus. Any straight lines will be retained.
Focus as close as 15cm
Photographers can take advantage of the super close focusing distance (i.e. 15cm) and the f/2 aperture to create some pleasing bokeh shots and wide angle close-up shots.
Added feature for videographers
The new Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D is specially designed with an aperture switch which allows users to quickly switch between click-less and clicked aperture. This added feature will be extremely useful for videographers.
The Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D is currently available to pre-order in the official website of Venus Optics (http://www.venuslens.net/) and their authorized resellers. Recommended Retail Price in the US (without tax) is US$849. Pricing may vary in different countries. Shipping will start in late Aug/early Sept.
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