Laowa has released six of their popular lenses for the L mount system. The lenses include three wide angles (one zoom and two primes) along with three of their macro lenses. Laowa says that the new L-mount versions of the lenses are compatible with the Sigma fp, the Panasonic S1 series (including the S1R and S1H) as well as the Leica SL/CL cameras.
The lenses are all manual focus and the list includes some of Laowa’s favourites, including the 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 (the widest full-frame rectilinear lens that exists), the 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D, and their 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro, that we reviewed here.
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6Laowa 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-DLaowa 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 an ultra-fast aperture. It is extremely popular among astro and landscape photographers.
Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-DLaowa 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 bulgey front element, the 72mm filter thread is an extremely convenient feature for landscape and astrophotographers. 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 MacroLaowa 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 a full-frame sensor and is equipped with a simple +/- 6mm shift mechanism.
Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-MacroLaowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro is a 2:1 macro lens that Venus Optics has designed especially 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 APOThe 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 a full-frame sensor.
The new L mount versions of these Laowa lenses are now available to order via the Venus Optics online store, and should start appearing at the usual retailers soon. Their respective costs are the same as those currently available in various other mounts.