Laowa announces four new lenses including 100mm f/2.8 2:1 super macro

Apr 21, 2018

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Apr 21, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Laowa has announced four rather interesting lenses. Well, three interesting lenses and one’s kind of a “huh?”. It’s an odd assortment to release all at once, but all four lenses do boast a little something special.

  • Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom
  • Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO
  • Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX Zero-D
  • Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye MFT

Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Z oom

This lens will be the widest zoom lens available for Sony full frame E-Mount cameras. Yes, it’s a full frame 10-18mm lens. It offers a 130° field of view at the 10mm end, dropping down to 102° at 18mm. It’s designed primarily for travel and landscape photographers, where the variable aperture may not be so important. If you’re shooting landscapes you’re on a tripod at f/8 a lot of the time anyway.

It features a rear filter slot to take 37mm filters, and it has an aperture that can be flicked over to clickless by toggling a switch on the lens barrel. It has 14 elements in 10 groups with 2 aspherical elements and 1 extra-low dispersion element. This lens will only become available in Sony E-Mount and weights only 486g.

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO

This one follows on from the success of the Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2:1 macro, and is the second member in the 2:! macro line-up. It covers full frame sensors and focuses from 2:1 magnification to infinity. Laowa say it also works well as a portrait lens, and features apochromatic (APO) characteristics to eliminate chromatic aberration.

It has 12 elements in 10 groups, and will be available in Canon EF, Nikon AI, Pentax K and Sony FE mounts.

Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX Zero-D

There is a distinct lack of 3rd party lenses available for Fujifilm’s GFX 50S. So, this ultra wide angle may be a welcome addition for GFX shooters. It’s the widest lens option available to them in a native GFX mount and offers a field of view equivalent to that of a 13mm lens on a “full frame” DSLR at 113°.

It contains 21 elements in 14 groups with 2 aspherical elements and 3 extra-low dispersion elements to minimise distortion and chromatic aberration. Obviously, this one’s only available for Fuji GFX.

Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye MFT

Now, this one looks like it could be a whole lot of fun to play with. Designed for Micro Four Thirds, this 4mm f/2.8 lens weighs a mere 135g. It has a crazy 210° field of view, with a vertical height that should be interesting on the MFT’s 4:3 sensor.

Laowa says that this should also allow photographers to create 360° panoramic stitches with ease. You’d probably need no more than 6 shots for a full 360° shot. And it may be the ideal lens for a 6 camera 360° rig.

All four lenses are will be available to check out at the Venus Optics booth (T225) at the Beijing P&E Imaging Fair between the 3rd-6th of May. Prices and exact shipping dates are yet to be confirmed, but they’re expected sometime in mid-to-late 2018.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “Laowa announces four new lenses including 100mm f/2.8 2:1 super macro”

  1. Daniel Scott Avatar
    Daniel Scott

    The sheer novelty of the 4mm is quite interesting

  2. Keegan Wilson Avatar
    Keegan Wilson

    Would be interested to see the image quality on that 4mm, possible could be a good astrophotography lens on an APS-C camera.