The L-mount camera system is gaining ground pretty fast, and now lens maker Laowa has joined in, with four new lenses to fit the Sigma fp (opens in new tab), Leica mirrorless (opens in new tab) and Panasonic Lumix S (opens in new tab) models.
We have reviewed all four new L-mount lenses in other mounts: the Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye (opens in new tab), Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D (opens in new tab) ultra-wideangle, the extraordinary Laowa 24mm f/14 2X Macro Probe (opens in new tab) lens and the Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro (opens in new tab).(opens in new tab)
However, the news is made slightly less exciting by the fact that while all the latest L-mount cameras are full frame, the Laowa fisheye is designed for the Micro Four Thirds mount and the 9mm Zero-D is an APS-C lens. On full frame L-mount cameras they would need to be used in crop mode.
Leica does make APS-C L-mount cameras too, but unless Sigma or Panasonic surprise us with a smaller format L-mount camera, the Laowa 4mm fisheye and 9mm Zero-D are likely to have limited appeal for L-mount camera owners.
The two macro lenses, however, are full frame models. The bizarre Laowa 24mm f/14 2X Macro Probe lens might resemble a telephoto that’s shrunk in the wash, but it is in fact an ultra-high-magnification macro lens that can reach places other macro lenses can’t.
The Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro is just as extraordinary in its own way, offering a variable 2.5x to 5x macro magnification range, though it has no focus mechanism – you just move closer or further away to focus and it’s only really at home when mounted on a focus rail.(opens in new tab)
Prices and availability
The Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye will cost just $199, the Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D will cost $499, the specialised Laowa 24mm f/14 2X Macro Probe comes in at a pretty steep $1,499, while the Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro will be $399. All four lenses should be available from early March.
These are not the first L-mount lenses from Laowa. They join eight existing L-mount lenses. Here’s the full list including the latest models:
Laowa wide angle L-mount lenses:
• 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye
• 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D
• 9mm f/5.6 FF RL
• 11mm f/4.5 FF RL
• 14mm f/4 FF RL Zero-D
• 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom
• 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift
• 15mm f/2 Zero-D
Laowa macro L-mount lenses:
• 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO
• 24mm f/14 2X Macro Probe
• 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro
• 15mm f/4 Wide Angle Macro