Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens for Canon EF (Black)

Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens for Canon EF (Black)

Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens for Canon EF (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Rectilinear Design, Low Distortion
  • Frog Eye Dust & Water-Repellent Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Floating Optical Design
  • Built-In Petal-Shape Lens Hood
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Lens Mount: Canon EF

Canon EF Nikon F Pentax K Sony A

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A truly wide-angle prime featuring a rectilinear optical design, the black Canon EF-mount Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D from Venus Optics is specifically meant to limit distortion for clear and accurate portrayals of landscapes and architectural subjects. The optical construction also incorporates a pair of aspherical elements and three extra-low dispersion elements to control both spherical and chromatic aberrations for improved sharpness and reduced color fringing. A Frog Eye Coating has been applied, too, to repel dust and moisture from the front element of the lens to benefit working in trying environmental conditions. Benefitting the optical attributes, this lens also features a precise manual focus design along with a floating optical system to maintain accurate rendering throughout the focus range, from 7.09" to infinity. Additionally, a petal-shaped lens hood is also incorporated into the lens' design to reduce flare and ghosting when working in strong lighting conditions.

Ultra wide-angle prime designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount DSLRs, this 12mm f/2.8 can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 19.2mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/2.8 maximum aperture is well-suited to working in low and difficult lighting conditions.
Rectilinear design renders subjects with minimal distortion in order to suit landscape and architectural applications.
Three extra-low dispersion elements reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for increased clarity and color neutrality. Two aspherical elements are also featured to limit spherical aberrations for improved sharpness.
A Frog Eye Coating has been applied to repel both dust and moisture for added protection when working in inclement conditions.
Manual focus design employs a floating optical system to maintain performance throughout the focusing range of 7.09" to infinity.
Built-in petal-shaped lens hood shields the lens from stray light to reduce flare and ghosting and also protects the front elements from accidental impacts.
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Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens for Canon EF (Black)
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    Venus Optics 12mm f/2.8 specs

    Focal Length 12mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Canon EF
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Angle of View 121.96°
    Minimum Focus Distance 7.09" (18 cm)
    Magnification 0.2x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
    Optical Design 16 Elements in 10 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Autofocus No
    Filter Thread None
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.94 x 3.26" (74.8 x 82.8 mm)
    Weight 1.34 lb (609 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.165 x 4.882 x 4.724"

    Venus Optics 12mm f/2.8 reviews

    Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens for Canon EF (Black) is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 14.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional lens with invisible distortion I have never trusted any ZERO distortion claim until I used this beauty. The lines are so straight. No more post processing needed. Be reminded that optical (barrel/moustache) distortion is discussed here. Perspective distortion is unavoidable for any wide angle lenses. This is Physics.
    Date published: 2017-03-16
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Such a disappointment After saving about my money and putting in research on a good, fast, UWL, I finally received mine. I purchased the canon mount and the Magic Shift adapter. I just went out on my first landscape shoot with the lens and found out the lens has focusing issues. The focus hits the infinity hard stop before it’s truly at infinity. This means anything over 15m away won’t be in focus. I tried it with a Fotodiox adapter as well. It has the same issue. I just did a search and found out that it’s a common problem with this lens. Laowa has some really sloppy tolerances as the problem can occur with Sony, Canon, Pentax, and Nikon mounts. I will be returning mine and getting the Irix
    Date published: 2017-12-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from The 2nd copy was great. Really cool lens. I chose this because I wanted 1. extremely wide and 2. the option to use it with the Laowa Magic Shift Converter for perspective correction and as a 17mm lens. The low distortion is definitely amazing, center is very sharp, and corners are reasonable. Performance with the shift converter is also very good. Build is super solid, smooth focus, although I'm starting to wish more companies used plastic composites because if you have a few of these all metal lenses in your bag it starts to get heavy. *This is my second copy of this lens. My first copy had a very soft right side, but the second was fine. *Don't get the Laowa 100mm filter holder. Bad vignetting, thick and heavy, and I couldn't find a 95mm circular polarizer whose frame diameter would fit in the holder. I purchased the Nisi holder for this lens and it is much better, also less expensive when you factor in the included CP.
    Date published: 2017-10-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Superb build & picture at the cost of modern conveniences This is a purchase you have to think about. The build quality and picture quality are both top notch. For those three things, I don't think there's anything else in this area of the wide angle non-distortion market that offers up such an attractive, honest product. Build quality: absolutely solid. It is not cheaply built, and with basic proper care it will last and last. It can probably take a fine beating on the outside, and it feels like it. It has proper heft; this isn't plastic, it's meant to be used and be fine with less than soft conditions out in the field. Note: this is a full manual lense. FULL.MANUAL. There is no AF, no exposure control: NOTHING. This required more of a change in my thought process than I expected. Once I did, it does make you more aware of it all, and more appreciative of the lenses that do have the modern conveniences, but also the realization that shots and compositions should require your time. Picture quality: excellent. Now no distortion is up to definitions. All lines are straight, vignetting is acceptable (and low) at low f-stops, and non-existent above 4 and higher imo. Now, there is stretching around the edges if the objects are close and there is definite perspective shift if you use this for video purposes. I'm having to train myself how and where to place the camera to compensate for those qualities. However, once you do, it's a revelation, the different kind of big wide open shots that this lens makes possible. But it is to taste. I believe it's worth it. Last Thoughts: I love this lens. I love big wide angles. For a lens of this quality, if I wanted one with AF and in-camera exposure control, it would cost 3x more than this lens. It's a trade off. If you are cost conscious, but NOT at the expense of picture quality this lens is a contender. If you have an additional $2-3k, then other lenses are in the running. I didn't, and this lens is it.
    Date published: 2017-08-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beast of a lens A beast! Love the 12mm field of view! I purchased this lens with a EF mount to pair it with the tilt and shift adapter to E mount on my Sony a7s mk2. This lens has a solid build. Altogether having an all metal build makes it a bit heavy. The distortion is barely visible with lines farther than 3 meters. Focus is smooth as butter. The 2.8 is supper helpful in low light situations.
    Date published: 2017-10-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost zero distortion. It is very solidly built and wide enough to get the shot you've always wanted.
    Date published: 2017-01-31
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Excellent build and distortion control but exposure issue I have never had a 12mm super wide before. The widest is the 17-35/2.8L I have had for years. So this is a brand new experience. The build is solid, so is manual focusing, on par with my Zeiss, also manual focusing. Distortion control is nothing short of breathtaking, smashingly superior to the 17-35/2.8L at 17, which is an old design, to be fair. Manual focusing is no issue for me. But I didn't expect its exposure issue. If you look carefully, you probably will notice there is no contact points on the lens mount. This means there is no electronic aperture reading and/or control. The manual says you should leave in A mode for anything other than Nikon or Pentax mount. I suppose this means Av in Canon parlance. No go. My test was to shoot at the same scene and change aperture from 2.8 all the way to 22. F2.8 is noticeably underexposed. F8 and higher seems correct. Reading off the shutter speed change, it appears correctly changing down as I increase F numbers, but the underexposure is real. I sent the samples to the manufacturer and got the answer back: you just have to manually try and compensate for it. Basically you are on your own. So I experimented a bit more and it seems, if I leave the camera in P but with spot meatering, the exposure is nearly consistent. Not so with Av and spot metering. No idea why. Maybe the distortion free aspect is making the optics highly nonlinear, which fools the metering system? No aperture reading messes up the metering that is for sure. Anyway, this is my workaround for now, until someone comes up with a better method. With no lens contact, your aperture reading is 00. You adjust aperture from the lens ring, old fashioned but no issue for me. Just make sure you set to desired F number before metering and take the picture. The body dials don't control aperture anymore. All that said, the images are astounding. I think they have got the optics and mechanical parts right, but missed out on the electronics. Seems non-issue for Nikon and Pentax guys because of their backward compatibility with older lenses using lens ring aperture control. Not so for Canon EF bodies.
    Date published: 2017-05-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Testing the Laowa 12mm underwater A high quality lens that focuses close, works well for wide angle macro underwater and on land. I like the design of the aperture ring compared to the Laowa 15mm f4, The improved aperture ring is very smooth with detent stops. Build very well! Great product. I have been testing it with the combination of the Canon 70d and underwater housing.
    Date published: 2017-11-13
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