Venus Optics, the manufacturer specialized in making camera lenses, pioneered Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift, the widest shift lens for full-frame cameras and medium format cameras.
Giving credits to a ±11mm shift amount (±8mm on the medium format), this ultra-wide shift lens breaks through the industry level and bringing the wide-angle lens standard to the next level. Image quality is guaranteed with high image sharpness and nearly no optical distortion (Zero-D).
The 15mm f/4.5 Shift is the widest shift lens for a full-frame camera. The angle of view is 110°, and it covers a huge 65mm image circle. The wider perspective offers a great deal of flexibility for photographers to capture architecture and interior shots when space is limited.
The maximum possible shift amount of the lens is ±11mm for the full-frame camera and ±8mm for medium format camera (e.g. Fujifilm GFX / Hasselblad X1D). The shift capability allows photographers to capture straight architecture with ease. 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift straightens the lines that appear to converge in the distance. Crooked images can be corrected by changing the perspective of the lens. Perspective distortion is being eliminated to create a reality-like image.
The ±11mm shift amount also allows photographers to expand the angle of view by stitching multiple images. It gives an extraordinary image perspective and rooms for special compositions.
The lens is composed of 17 elements in 11 groups with 2 pieces of aspherical elements. It suppresses the distortion to nearly Zero level from corner to corner and is coupled with a new lens coating. A significant improvement in the chromatic aberration, flaring and ghosting control.
Other specs are 20cm closest focusing distance and 5-bladed aperture.
The rotation function enables photographers to change the direction of the shift easily by pressing the silver unlock button. This gives photographers more flexibility in composing the image (in both landscape and portrait orientation). The lens barrel can be rotated through 360° and it clicks every 15°.
Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift is available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Canon RF, Nikon Z, and Sony FE mount.
Here some sample pictures from Venus Optics:
The new Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift is currently available to purchase via Venus Optics official website and authorized resellers at $1,199 for all mounts.
Shipping starts from late-Nov 2020 for Canon EF and Nikon F mount. The Canon RF, Nikon Z, and Sony FE mount will be shipped from Feb 2021.
More info on Venus Optics’ website.