World’s Widest f/2.8 Lens with close-to-zero distortion.
Featuring the widest angle of view (122°) ever offered from a f/2.8 lens, this is an ideal lens for a wide variety of shooting situations. From landscape, architecture, interior, travel to the most important, astro photography. The lens is the lightest and most compact lens in its class. Ideal for everyday shooting. It also features close-to-zero optical distortion, allowing photographers to take landscape/architecture shots with straight lines retained. Our exclusive water and dust repelling “Frog Eye Coating” is added to the front element of the lens. For maximum creativity, you can use CPL or ND filters by adding an optional Laowa 100mm filter holder system.
Most Ultra Wide Angle lenses suffer from an optical distortion rate from 2-5% which causes straight lines to bend. LAOWA Zero-D lenses are so well corrected, they achieve a close-to-zero distortion rate that is truly amazing.
If you are not so sure what distortion is, this article may help. 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.
The LAOWA 12mm f/2.8 Lens covers an ultra-wide 122° angle of view, allowing you to create an outstanding landscape or architectural shot not possible with lesser lenses. Shooting interior shots will also become much easier. Your house will become spacious and impactful in your photos, even if you are shooting in tight spaces. Don’t forget, this is 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.
Weighing only 609g, this is an every-day carry-around lens. It is really small compared to other UWA lenses in the market. Finally, you don’t need to bring a hefty piece of glass for work and travel. And you can now attach 2 pcs of 100mm (not 150mm!!) ND filters & 1pc of 105mm CPL filter – without worrying about vignetting – with the LAOWA 100mm filter holder system. Create your best landscape photos ever!
Comparison with 11-21mm f/4 L:
The LAOWA 12mm f/2.8 ZERO-D is currently the fastest full-frame, non-fisheye 12mm lens in the market. Astro photographers will truly appreciate our efforts to create a fast, well corrected lens. 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)
*Dimensions of Sony E mount lenses will be slightly longer due to the flange distance difference.
You may refer to the below review by Photozone for scientific data on our lens resolution. You can also do a quick comparison of its performance against some of your favorite ultra wide angle lenses. Click to read the full review.
The LAOWA 12mm f/2.8 ZERO-D adopts a floating optical design to ensure exceptional sharpness not only at infinity, but also at close focusing distances. Along with a 18 cm minimal focusing distance and 0.2x Maximum magnification, this lens is also a fun tool for creating some mini wide angle macros.
We would like to introduce the LAOWA Water & Dust Repelling “Frog Eye” Coating (FEC). Every LAOWA 12mm f/2.8 ZERO-D is coated with the new LAOWA “Frog Eye” Coating. It gives your lens an extra layer of protection. See below video to understand its benefits compared to traditional coatings.