Laowa 14mm f / 4 Zero-D lens extends the super wide-angle view of Canon and Nikon DSLRs
Venus Optics has launched the Laowa 14mm f / 4 Zero-D lens for full frame DSLRs. The mirrorless version of the lens was launched last year, but now the design has been reconfigured to meet the longer back focus needs of Canon and Nikon DSLRs. As the name suggests, the lens produces an almost distortion-free image from a lens with a super wide angle of view.
The manual focus lens costs $ 499 and offers an impressively short minimum focus distance of 14.5 cm that allows for macro-like images – but the focal length will make the lens most attractive to landscape and architectural photographers.
The newly developed optical design with 13 elements in 10 groups for the 14 mm f / 4 has two extra-low dispersion elements and two aspherical glasses to eliminate color fringing and distortion. The lens has five aperture blades that produce razor-sharp 10-point sun stars from reflective highlights when the lens is stopped down.
The new Laowa 14mm f / 4 is the first lens in the Zero-D range to feature an adjustment system for the focus scale. This function enables a simple focus calibration against the user’s own cameras – so you can set the infinity point exactly on the infinity mark – which should be particularly helpful for astrophotography.
Laowa 14mm f / 4 Zero-D specifications
Assemble: Canon EF, Nikon F.
Full screen: Yes
Image stabilization: No
Lens construction: 13 elements in 10 groups
Viewing angle: 114 °
Membrane sheets: 5
Minimum setting distance: 0.145m
Maximum magnification factor: 0.3x
Filter size: 67mm
Dimensions: 72.5 x 75 mm (Canon), 72.5 x 73 mm (Nikon)
Weight: 360g (Canon), 320g (Nikon)
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