Venus Optics has released a new ultra-wide-angle ‘Zero-D’ lens, the Laowa 14mm f/4 Zero-D DSLR, for full-frame DSLR cameras from Canon and Nikon.
The new Laowa 14mm f/4 Zero-D DSLR lens, shown with the Canon EF mount. (Source: Venus Optics.)
Featuring a compact design and auto aperture in the Canon EF version or aperture coupling in the Nikon F version, the Laowa 14mm f/4 Zero-D DSLR is only 75 mm long and weighs 320 grams in the Nikon F version and 360 grams the Canon EF version. It covers an impressive 114° angle of view, making it ideal for landscape photography. The extremely short 14.5 cm minimum focusing distance provides scope for creative macro-like images, enabling users to produce close-to-zero-distortion images without additional editing. The 67mm filter thread supports screw-in filters.
The optical design (shown above) contains 13 elements in 10 groups. It includes two extra-low dispersion elements plus two aspherical glass elements to suppress coloured fringing and distortion and improve clarity and corner-to-corner performance. The lens is assembled with five aperture blades, which produce 10-point sunstars at small aperture settings. The Laowa 14mm f/4 Zero-D DSLR is the first lens in the range to come with a focusing scale adjustment system, which enables easy focus calibration against users’ own cameras. The tutorial video of the calibration procedure can be found here.
The Laowa 14mm f/4 Zero-D DSLR has an RRP of US$499 and is currently available to pre-order on the official website of Venus Optics and authorised resellers.