Venus Optics has recently announced that six wide-angle and macro Laowa lenses will now be made available for L-mount systems, in both full-frame and APS-C sensor formats.
This means that cameras like the Panasonic S1, S1R and S1H, Sigma fp, Leica SL2 and Leica CL will now be able to shoot with these affordable pieces of glass. These L-mount lenses will be sold for the same price as the other available mounts and shipping will begin from August onwards.
These six lenses include the Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6, the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D, the Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D, the Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide Angle Macro, the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro and the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro APO.
The Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 is currently the widest rectilinear zoom lens available for full frame cameras. A rectilinear lens is one with little or no barrel or pincushion distortion. This makes it perfect for architecture photography or any subject with straight lines that you want to keep free from distortion.
Meanwhile, the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D is the flagship model from Venus Optics. Similarly to the 10-18mm, the 12mm f/2.8 is the widest rectilinear f/2.8 lens on the market for full frame cameras. This means that you can combine a distortion-free image with a wide maximum aperture for the ultimate flexibility when shooting.
We've been impressed by the standard of these Laowa lenses, particularly the 65mm and 100mm macro optics with their mighty 2:1 magnification ratios – and notably, the former adds a rare APS-C lens to the L-mount lineup.
Discover more about these exciting L-mount lenses at the Venus Lens shop here. Shipping will begin from August onwards.
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