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LAOWA 12mm f/2.8 ZERO-D is currently the ※ World’s Widest f/2.8 Rectilinear Lens for Full Frame cameras. Currently available in Canon EF, Nikon AI, Sony A, Pentax K and Sony E mounts.
※ As of July 22, 2016
Ultra Wide Angle Lens is one of the most important lens that every photographer should have one in his camera bag. There are a lot of wide angle lenses in the market, offering from a few hundred to a a few thousand dollars. However, these UWA lens are not perfect. They are suffering from dramatic barrel distortion (2-5%), poor peripheral sharpness or huge physical size. We therefore spend a lot of time to come up with a design which is truly perfect and overcome the frustration of photographers. That’s where the LAOWA 12mm f/2.8 ZERO-D comes from.
# All below images were shot with our LAOWA 12mm f/2.8 ZERO-D Lens unless otherwise mentioned. Some photos may have been post-processed for our own taste. Please note the quality of the images were compressed by KS. Click to view in higher resolutions.
Why is it the Best?
Ultra Wide Angle lenses in the market tends to suffer a optical distortion rate from 2-5% which causes straight lines to bend. Our LAOWA lens features a *close-to-zero distortion rate that you can barely notice from your eye.
If you are not so sure what distortion is, this article may helps. https://photographylife.com/what-is-distortion
* The aforementioned close-to-zero distortion rate is measured from shooting objects at infinity focus. The distortion rate may vary for shorter object distance. Only Optical Distortion (Barrel/ Pincushion/ Moustache) is covered here.
Our LAOWA 12mm f/2.8 Lens cover a ultra-wide 122° angle of view for you to create an outstanding landscape or architecture shot that no others can compare. Shooting interior shots will also become much easier. Your house will become spacious and impactful in your photo even if you are shooting a small area. Do not forget, this is also the world’s widest rectilinear f/2.8 lens.
Optical performance is what we will never compromise. The optical design features a 16 lens elements in 10 groups with 3pcs of Extra-Low Dispersion Elements and 2pcs of Aspherical Elements. This patented optical design delivers a high resolution from corners to corners, even in wide open (f/2.8) situation. Chromatic Aberration has also been controlled to the minimal.
Weigh merely 609g, our LAOWA Lens is an every-day lens. It is really small compared to other UWA lenses in the market. You finally do not need to bring a hefty piece of glass for work and travel. Also, you can now insert 2pcs of 100mm (not 150mm!!) ND filters & 1pc of 105mm CPL filter into our optional filter holder (+$50 to your pledge) to create your best landscape photo ever.
Our LAOWA 12mm f/2.8 ZERO-D is currently the ※brightest (or fastest) 12mm lens in the market. Astro photographers will truly appreciate our effort to bring the lens to f/2.8. The ultra fast aperture can effectively shorten the exposure time required and help to achieve more details of the night sky. This is proven to be the perfect tool for a nice milky way shot. The fast aperture is also very convenient for low-light / indoor shooting. (※ As of July 22, 2016)
Time-lapse footage shot in Alaska with our LAOWA 12mm f/2.8 ZERO-D Lens (Click 1080p for the best experience)
The 122 angle of view + Close-to-zero distortion is too good to be true for panorama shooting.
Find it hard to locate the entrance pupil (nodal point) for panoramic shooting? Let us help you.
Not sure what it is? Check below link for further explanation. http://www.panoramic-photo-guide.com/entrance-pupil.html
Get to Specifics
*Dimensions of Sony E mount lens will be slightly longer due to the flange distance difference.
Your may refer to below review by Photozone for a scientific data of our lens resolution. You can also do a quick comparison of its performance against some of your favourite ultra wide angle lenses. Check to view in details.
Our LAOWA 12mm f/2.8 ZERO-D adopts a floating optical design to ensure an exceptional sharpness not only at infinity focus, but also in close focusing distance. Along with 18cm minimal focusing distance and 0.2x Maximum magnification, LAOWA lens is also a fun tool for some mini wide angle macro.
Laowa Water & Dust Repelling ‘Frog Eye’ Coating (FEC)
Every LAOWA 12mm f/2.8 ZERO-D will be coated with the new Laowa ‘Frog Eye’ Coating. It gives your lens an extra layer of shield. See below video to understand its difference versus traditional coating.
Sample Gallery (Click to view the images in HD)
Take a look at below video and you can see how straight lines are perfectly retained.
“Xidi, Huangshan” – Timelaspe with the Laowa 12mm f/2.8. View in HD!
Mini-timelapse shot with the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 ZERO-D. Check the HD version to see the details.
Impressive Preview by Nicky Bay
– Review by Bastian Kratzke @ phillipreeve.net
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