Laowa continues to break the mold, announcing 12mm full frame ultra-wide lens for multiple mounts


posted Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 4:20 PM EDT


Per U.K.-based Amateur Photographer, full frame photography fans will soon have a new ultra-wide lens option thanks to Chinese company Laowa (Venus Optics). Although information has not yet been published on Venus Optics' website, Amateur Photographer says that the lens is expected to arrive in August at a "competitive" price point.

With its 122-degree field of view, the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 lens will be the widest non-fisheye full frame prime lens available on the market. Specifications include 16 lens elements arranged in ten groups, including the use of two apsherical elements. The lens is a manual focus lens and is reported to be able to close focus to just over seven inches, which is a maximum magnification of 0.2x. The 20-ounce optic will be available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony E mounts.

Earlier this year Laowa introduced the 105mm f/2 Smooth Trans Focus lens, which joins their distinct 15mm 1:1 macro and 60mm 2:1 ultra-macro lenses. Laowa is certainly a company that is always looking to bring something new to the market. You can see more about the 2:1 macro lens below.

(Seen via Amateur Photographer. Index image is Laowa's 15mm macro lens as product shots are not yet available for the 12mm f/2.8 lens.)