Venus Optics, the company behind Laowa, has just announced that four of its lenses are now available in L-Mount: the Laowa 4mm F/2.8 Fisheye, Laowa 9mm F/2.8 Zero-D, Laowa 24mm F/14 2x Macro Probe, and Laowa 25mm F/2.8 2.5–5x Ultra Macro lenses.
Lens manufacturer Laowa is known for making high-quality and unusual manual lenses for photo and video applications. Earlier last year, the company already released six of its lenses in L-Mount. Today, the company is back with the addition of four new lenses in L-Mount.
Laowa 4mm F/2.8 Fisheye L-Mount
The first new Laowa L-Mount lens is the Laowa 4mm F/2.8 Fisheye, which is already available in Micro Four Third, Canon EF-M, FUJIFILM X, and Sony E-Mount.
This one-of-its-kind circular fisheye lens produces a circled image with a large part of the sensor remaining black. On an APS-C or full-frame camera, the black part should be quite large, but it’s a fun lens to play with!
The lens design consists of seven elements in six groups, with a seven-blade aperture diaphragm.
Laowa 9mm F/2.8 Zero-D L-Mount
Next is the Laowa 9mm F/2.8 Zero-D that will now also be available in L-Mount. This lens is available in FUJIFILM X, Sony E, Canon EF-M, DL, and MFT mounts. If you missed it, you can watch our conversation with Kevin from Laowa about this lens here.
The Laowa 9mm F/2.8 Zero-D is perfect for real estate and landscape shots, giving you a vast 113° angle of view. The lens design has two aspherical elements and three extra-low dispersion elements for well-controlled chromatic aberration, as well as “Zero-D” for a close-to-zero distortion.
Laowa 25mm F2.8 2.5–5x Ultra Macro
The Laowa 25mm F/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro is, as its name suggests, optimized for macro shooting between 2.5X – 5X life-size. It has an extended working distance (45mm at 2.5x & 40mm at 5x) and a small lens barrel with a bright F/2.8 aperture. An optional LED Ringlight and Tripod Collar are available for added control and precision operation.
Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe Lens
Last, but not least, is the Laowa 24mm F/14 Probe Lens that’s now available in L-Mount. My colleague Nino already reviewed this unique lens, in case you missed it.
As a quick reminder, this lens has a 2:1 magnification ratio and allows for extremely creative macro shots. Designed from the ground up, the lens design consists of 27 elements in 19 groups, with dimensions of 408mm/16″ long and a diameter of 38mm/1.5″.
Pricing and Availability
These four new Laowa L-Mount lenses will start shipping in March. The Laowa 4mm F/2.8 Fisheye will retail for $199, the 9mm F/2.8 Zero-D for $499.00, the 25mm F/2.8 2.5-5x for $399.00, and the 24mm F/14 probe lens for $1499.00.
Laowa has 12 L-Mount lenses in its lineup. For more information, please visit Laowa’s website here.
What do you think about these new Laowa L-Mount lenses? Are you already investing in L-Mount lenses or are you adapting other lenses? Let us know in the comments below!