Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens for Sony E

Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens for Sony E

Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens for Sony E

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Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens for Sony E

Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens for Sony E

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Product Highlights

  • E-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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Venus Optics 12mm f/2.8 overview

  • 1Description

A truly wide-angle prime featuring a rectilinear optical design, the Sony E-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 Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, this 12mm f/2.8 can also be used with APS-C models where it provides an 18mm 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 Sony E
  • 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 Sony E
    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
    Weight 1.34 lb / 609 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.2 x 5.0 x 4.4"

    Venus Optics 12mm f/2.8 reviews

    Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens for Sony E is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lot of fun in a small package! After waiting until others had bought and reviewed this lens, I got enough confidence to buy the Laowa 12mm and am loving it. Very sharp and the build feels sturdy, but remains a small lens due to having no electronic auto features. My main purpose was to shoot scenics, night skies and architectural, and would not be using auto-focus or auto-iris anyway. Only negative is that the filter holder has been on backorder for 3 weeks now!
    Date published: 2017-06-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent The 12mm works great. I used this lens for landscapes and some city photography, and is very versatile, also for milky way photography is very sharp. F2.8. Elias
    Date published: 2017-03-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect lens bought from the perfect company The transaction process was fast and easy. I live in New Zealand and was able to watch the progress of the delivery, through the tracking. The package arrived in New Zealand 2 1/2 days after leaving B & H, then took another 3 days to get through NZ Customs and delivery to me. I love this lens. It fits on my Sony A7R2 camera and they are a perfect team. Thank you so much B & H.
    Date published: 2017-07-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I will buy this product over and over again. Amazing lens! Super sharp as soon as your critical focus is on point, good contrast and colors, great built and feel. Strongly recommend this lens for Real estate, landscaping and creative shoots for weddings without the barrel distortion. Love it!.
    Date published: 2017-07-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive I've been pairing this lens with my a7rii and a7ii. I'm really impressed with the lack of distortion in a lens this wide and I'm getting great images wide open at f2.8. The compact size makes it easy to carry and really compliments Sony's a7 line of cameras. Solid construction and a really smooth focus ring.
    Date published: 2017-05-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from High quality wide angle with little distortion Images are sharp, with little distortion when shot properly. Build quality is high.
    Date published: 2017-03-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Great Little Lens I bought this lens after watching a few video reviews recommending it's zero-distortion qualities. I shoot nature and landscape so the wide field of view and distortion control claims were very inviting. I have to say that they were right. I was impressed by the quality of build and the image quality. The only thing that keeps me from giving it five stars is the fact that nobody will ever make an adaptor for filters to fit on it. I use the Lee filter system with ND's and grads and that won't fly with this lens.
    Date published: 2017-06-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Wrong Lens but the Right Choice I was in to purchase a 15mm, 2.8 Laowa Venus Lens, a wide lens to landscape and taking all a museum piece from a small distance. I have researched the Laowa Venus 15mm 2.8 lens for my Sony a7iii. It seemed the right choice. The counter salesman (very helpful and awesome attendant) got out from his desk computer a lens that seemed my choice but was a 100 bucks more pricey. Well that seemed wrong, but ... which one was that (?) a Laowa 12 mm 2.8 ? Hey, wait, more aperture for a 100 bucks more. Well it's...a good idea, isn't it? So I took it with in. And ... I just enjoyed it (another positive point to you, counter guy). My Best pictures , ever, of: The Metropolitan Museum (The Met),The Brooklin Bridge, The Atlas Statue at the Rockefeller Center, wow, and many more, within great quality, a good amount of lighting in, and minimum distortortion. Believe me, if you want an full frame E mount (FE) wide angle this is it : this is the right choice. ----about the author: advanced amateur photographer and B&H addicted.
    Date published: 2018-10-06
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    Venus Optics 12mm f/2.8 accessories

    Designed for use with:

    • Sony NEX-EA50M
    • Sony PXW-FS5
    • Sony PXW-FS7
    • Sony PXW-FS7M2
    • Sony Alpha A5000
    • Sony Alpha A5100
    • Sony Alpha A6000
    • Sony Alpha A6300
    • Sony Alpha A6500
    • Sony Alpha A7
    • Sony Alpha A7 II
    • Sony Alpha A7 III
    • Sony Alpha A7R
    • Sony Alpha A7R II
    • Sony Alpha A7R III
    • Sony Alpha A7S
    • Sony Alpha A7S II
    • Sony Alpha A9
    • Sony A7R III
    • Sony NEX-EA50M
    • Sony NEX-EA50UH
    • Sony NEX-FS700R
    • Sony NEX-VG30
    • Sony NEX-VG900
    • Sony PXW-FS5
    • Sony PXW-FS5M2
    • Sony PXW-FS7
    • Sony PXW-FS7M2
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