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Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift available in Leica L-mount and Pentax K-mount

Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift Lens
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Venus Optics has now made the Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift lens, the widest full-frame shift lens on the market, available for both Leica L and Pentax K mounts.

The new versions of the Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift lens will give Leica L-mount and Pentax K-mount users a relatively inexpensive lens for perspective correction, which is an essential tool for interior and architectural photography.

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Initially only available in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts on its release late last year, the Laowa 15mm f4.5 Zero-D Shift (opens in new tab) lens gained Sony FE, Canon RF and Nikon Z mounts in February. 

Although the Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift lens lacks weather sealing, electrical contacts or a tilt function, it delivers professional distortion-free results and is a worthy addition to any architectural or indoor photographer's toolkit. 

The Laowa 15mm Shift lens has a 110° angle of view, and produces an enormous image circle with a 65mm diameter. This enables it to be used on medium format cameras as well as full-frame bodies, with the maximum possible vertical shift for the former being ±8mm and ±11mm for the latter.

In addition to being the world's widest full-frame shift lens, it is also currently the world’s widest lens covering a medium format GFX / Hasselblad sensor so is a formidable option for shooting architecture and interiors in super high resolution.  

The release of a Pentax K-mount version of the Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift lens is an encouraging sign for Pentax users that lens manufacturers are still supporting Pentax, after Sigma recently announced plans to end production of Pentax K-mount lenses (opens in new tab).

According to Photo Rumors (opens in new tab), pre-orders for the new lens mounts are now available.

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Laurence is an NCTJ-trained journalist with nearly 20 years' editorial experience gained on a wide range of publications, from The Beirut Times in Lebanon to The Sunday Times, and including recent freelance engagements with Future's cycling and automotive portfolios, Outdoor Fitness, and The English Home. He has recently been undertaking a sports broadcast journalism MA at Southampton Solent, gaining valuable TV and radio experience, and am currently videographer for Frome Town FC soccer team. He is the author of Bikepacking (Wild Things Publishing, 2016).