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Laowa launches four more L-mount lenses at once, though not all for full frame…

Laowa L-mount lenses
(Image credit: Laowa)

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, Leica mirrorless and Panasonic Lumix S models.

We have reviewed all four new L-mount lenses in other mounts: the Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye, Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D ultra-wideangle, the extraordinary Laowa 24mm f/14 2X Macro Probe lens and the Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro.

The Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye and 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D are now available in L-mount, though the fisheye is designed for an MFT format image circle and the 9mm Zero-D covers the APS-C sensor area. (Image credit: Laowa)

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.

It's so long we had to turn the picture sideways. The Laowa 24mm f/14 2X Macro Probe is seen here with the (slightly) more conventional Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro below. (Image credit: Laowa)

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.

These Laowa lenses are technically uncomplicated, needing no electrical connections to the camera body and featuring manual focus and their own aperture rings (where relevant). (Image credit: Laowa)

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

Read more:

Best wide-angle lenses
Best macro lenses
Best L-mount lenses
Best Panasonic cameras

Rod Lawton

Rod is the Group Reviews editor for Digital Camera World and across Future's entire photography portfolio. Previously he has been Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar. He has been writing about digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. 

Rod's near-encyclopedic knowledge of cameras both old and new makes him an invaluable resource, whether we need to ask a question about transparencies or the latest X-Trans sensor. He owns all manner of cameras, from Nikon DSLRs through Olympus, Sony and Fujifilm bodies, and on any given day you'll see him using kit from just about every manufacturer.