Venus Optics has announced it’s now offering six of its most popular Laowa lenses for L-mount camera systems. The new lenses feature the same optical designs as their respective DSLR and mirrorless equivalents but are designed specifically for use with Leica CL, Leica SL, Panasonic S1 and Sigma fp cameras.
The six ‘new’ L-mount lenses are as follows:
- Laowa 10-18mm F4.5-5.6
- Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D
- Laowa 15mm F2 Zero-D
- Laowa 15mm F4 Wide Angle Macro
- Laowa 65mm F2.8 2X Ultra-Macro
- Laowa 100mm F2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO
Aside from dimensions and weight, which vary only slightly, the specifications for each of the lenses are the same as the other mirrorless-mount versions of each lens. As a refresher though, Venus Optics has provided the following specification overview chart.
As noted in the above chart, each lens retails for the same price as their other mirrorless mount equivalents. You can find out more about each of the lenses by going to Venus Optics’ website.
Venus Optics add L-mount options on 6 of their Laowa Lenses
Anhui China, Jun 24, 2020 – Venus Optics, the manufacturer specialized in making unique photo and cinema lenses, add the L-mount option on six of their existing Laowa wide angle & macro lenses. These L-mount lenses can currently be used on Panasonic S1 series , Sigma FP and Leica SL/CL cameras.
- Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6
- Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D
- Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D
- Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide Angle Macro
- Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro
- Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6
Laowa 10-18mm is currently the widest rectilinear zoom lens available in the market for full frame cameras. With the small form factor, the lens is extremely handy for landscape and travel photographers. A rear filter slot is designed for using ND filters.
Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D
Laowa 12mm is the flagship model of Venus Optics and is currently the widest rectilinear f/2.8 lens in the market for full frame cameras. The lens features a close- to-zero distortion as well as a ultra-fast aperture. It is extremely popular among astro and landscape photographers.
Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D
Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D lens is another flagship model of Venus Optics and it features an extremely fast f/2 aperture. Unlike other wide angle lenses with bulgy front element, the 72mm filter thread is an extremely convenient feature for landscape and astro photographers. The lens is good for both photographers and videographers. Similar to the 12mm f/2.8, this 15mm can also cover the full frame sensor as well as having a close-to-zero distortion.
Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide Angle Macro
Laowa 15mm f/4 lens is currently the widest 1:1 macro lens in the market. The combination of deep depth of field and 1:1 magnification enables photographers to take photos like nobody else. Not only can small subjects appear huge in the photos, its background information (e.g. habitat) can also be visible in the photos. This lens can cover full frame sensor and is equipped with a simple +/- 6mm shift mechanism.
Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro
Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro is a 2:1 macro lens that Venus Optics have designed specially for mirrorless APS-C cameras. The extended macro range is extremely welcomed by macro photographers who was having difficulty in shooting small subjects. The compact and lightweight lens body matches balance with the camera really well.
Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro APO
The award winning 100mm macro lens is one of the flagship macro lens offered by Venus Optics. Apart from the 2:1 magnification, the lens also features an extremely good control of chromatic aberrations control. The lens is able to focus from 2:1 magnification till infinity focus and cover full frame sensor.
Pricing & Availability
The new L-mount lenses are currently available to order in Venus Optics official webstore and their authorized resellers. Pricing is the same as the other available mounts and they vary in different countries. Shipping will start from August onwards.
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