It seems to be an almost weekly occurrence, but Venus Optics has announced a new Laowa lens. This time, it’s the Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D (buy here) lens for Leica M mount cameras. Offering an ultra-wide 110° field of view, it has a maximum aperture of f/2. Being part of Laowa’s Zero-D product line, it offers virtually zero distortion, even at such a short focal length.
Laowa says that this is a very versatile lens that’s ideal for landscape, architecture, interior, astrophotography and even street photography. It also supports rangefinder coupling, offering compatibility with both digital and film Leica M mount cameras.
With a wide 110° angle of view, the Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D will naturally be a lens that piques the interest of landscape photographers. And having a range from f/2 down to f/22, you’ll be able to find the lens’ sweet spot for maximum sharpness and depth of field. It also helps that it’s quite a compact lens, measuring only 63 x 71mm. So, it’ll easily fit into your camera bag without too much impact on what else you can carry.
Along with its wide field of view is the wide f/2 aperture. This makes it an ideal travel lens suited to all kinds of situations, both during the day and at night. And speaking of night, Laowa also extols the virtues of this lens for astrophotography. Again, this is thanks to the wide f/2 aperture, letting you shoot at a lower ISO. And thanks to the long flange distance of Leica M, you’re also about to adapt it to other camera systems, too. You can even add autofocus with the right adapter.
The Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D has a minimum focus distance of only 15cm. This allows you to get up close and personal with small subjects while still providing a wide field of view behind them. That wide f/2 aperture also means you’ll still get some reasonable background blur when very close to subjects.
|Angle of view||110°|
|Lens Structure||12 elements in 9 groups|
|Minimum Focus Distance||15cm|
|Dimensions||63 x 71mm|
The Laowa Argus 15mm f/2 is available to buy now for $649 from the Venus Optics website.