Venus Optics, the manufacturer specialized in making unique camera lenses, introduced the Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. The small but potent lens features an ultra-wide 126° AoV with only 254g (8.9 oz.). It is designed with a 62mm filter thread where the photographer can use screw-in filters with ease. It is also currently the world’s widest rectilinear lens with a front filter thread for full-frame mirrorless cameras.
Featuring a remarkable 126° angle of view (AoV), the new Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL offers an exaggerated and non-fisheye perspective. It is a perfect tool for landscape, travel, and interior photographers.
Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL is equipped with 62mm filter thread for screw-in filters. It is a very convenient feature for landscape photographers as filters are one of their most commonly used tools. For photographers who opt to use slide-in filters, the specially designed magnetic filter holder allows them to use their 100mm-wide filters with no vignetting.
The 11mm lens is composed of 14 elements in 10 groups which deliver a remarkable image sharpness. Although it is not a Zero-D lens, the 2 aspherical elements and 3 extra-low dispersion elements suppress the distortion and chromatic aberrations to the minimum.
The lens is designed to achieve high mobility, compactness, and lightness to give photographers more flexibility in traveling. The tiny lens is only 6.3cm (2.5inch) in height & weight 254g (8.9oz). It is one of the smallest ultra-wide-angle lens you could find for full-frame mirrorless cameras.
Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL features an extremely close focusing distance of 7.4′′ / 19cm (from subject to the sensor) for photographers to create macro-like shots with an ultra-wide perspective.
Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL is designed with 5-bladed aperture where a clean and appealing 10-point Sunstar rendering can be created.
The lens supports rangefinder coupling on Leica M. For other mounts, there is a focusing tab to improve stability when focusing and use to adjust the focus ring marking.
Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL is available in Leica M, Leica L, Sony FE, and Nikon Z mounts. Two different colors (black and silver) are offered for Leica M mount. (The silver version of M mount will be available in late September)
The new Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL is currently available to purchase via Venus Optics official website and authorized resellers. The US price for 11mm f/4.5 FF RL is $799 (Leica M mount) and $699 (Sony FE, Nikon Z and L).