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Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D

laowa 12mm venus optics 12 mm zero distortion uwa zero-d d-dreamer

I purchased this lens not only for its' rectilinear & low distortion design but also for the curiosity of a "designed and made" in China lens. Good: * The construction, material, finish and handling in par with Leitz or Zeiss lenses. * It is close to zero in distortion. See 1st & 2nd photo. * Smallest, lighest and least expansive rectilinear UWA with f/2.8. * Impressive IQ from f/5.6 and above. Bad: * Extreme vignetting at f/2.8 on a FX D800. See 4th photo. * Overall soft IQ at f/2.8. See 3rd photo. Bottom line: * At f/2.8 or f/4, its' IQ cannot match the classic Nikkor 14-24 on FX or a Zeiss 12 mm Touit (see 5th photo) on mirroless, despite the shorter focal lenght & lower distortion.

Product Photos

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Product Number: VE1228SEF
Lens Category: Ultra-Wide
Purchase Link: Buy Now at B&H Photo!
List Price (USA): $949
In Production: Yes
Year Launched: 2016
Format: FX (Full-Frame)
Optical Construction: 16 elemnts in 10 groups
Min. Focusing Distance (cm): 18
Max. Magnification (x): 0.2
Coating Type: Super Integrated
Special Optical Elements: Extra-Low Dispersion Element(s) (ED), Aspherical Element(s) (AS)
Field of View (deg): 122
Max. Aperture: F2.8
Min. Aperture: F22
Number of Aperture Blades: 7
Rounded Aperture Blades: Yes
Aperture Ring: Yes
Focus Type: Manual Focus
Focusing Modes: M
Internal Focusing: Yes
Distance Scale: Yes
Macro: Yes
Stabilization: No
Weather Sealing: No
Tripod Collar: No
Other Features: Built-in Hood, No Front Filter Thread
Filter Size (mm): 100
Max. Barrel Diameter (mm): 75
Collapsed Length (mm): 83
Weight (g): 609
Hood: Built-in
Case: No
Front Cap: Dedicated press-in.
Rear Cap: Regular F mount.
In the Box: Hood, Front Cap, Rear Cap
Available Colors: Black
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