6 Laowa lenses hit L-mount (including an APS-C option)

Six Laowa lenses now come in L-mount
(Image credit: Laowa)

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 (opens in new tab), S1R (opens in new tab) and S1H (opens in new tab), Sigma fp (opens in new tab), Leica SL2 (opens in new tab) and Leica CL (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab), the Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide Angle Macro, the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro (opens in new tab) and the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro APO (opens in new tab).

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 (opens in new tab). Shipping will begin from August onwards.

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With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab) and  Digital Photographer (opens in new tab). Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.