12 lenses of Christmas: Laowa launches a shift lens for the masses in March 2022

Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift
(Image credit: Laowa)

Laowa hit the bigtime in March, launching several new lenses including the 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift. An architectural photographer’s dream, it gives a wide viewing angle while also correcting for perspective, so you can keep your verticals vertical. Unlike full tilt & shift and shift lenses, it lacks a tilt facility for controlling depth of field but is available in a wide range of mount options including Canon EF & RF, Nikon F & Z, Sony E, Pentax K, L mount and even for Fujifilm GF medium format cameras.

The Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift allows for up to 11mm shift in any direction, but lacks any internal electronics for communication with the camera body. (Image credit: Laowa)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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