Laowa expected to finally announce their full-frame 20mm f/4 C-Dreamer shift lens next week
This one’s been a long time in the making, but according to a teaser image, it seems that Venus Optics is finally getting ready to announce their Laowa 20mm f/4 C-Dreamer shift lens next week. The lens was first shown off way back in July 2021 at a photography show in Shanghai, China. It sure has been a wait but now it looks like the lens might finally be upon us.
According to last year’s report, the lens is expected to cover a full-frame sensor, a focal length of 20mm, a maximum aperture of f/4 and offer shift capabilities – but no tilt. The lens hasn’t been called out by name in the new teaser, however, the overall design and markings on the lens are clearly the same as the lens shown off in Shanghai as well as a second image that appears to have leaked.
Exactly what other features it will include are unclear, although from looking at the second image above, it looks like we’ll see plus or minus 11mm of total shift in each direction. From looking at the image released during last year’s show in Shanghai, it doesn’t appear to have a filter thread, but perhaps it supports rear-mounted filters on the lens mount. It’s possible, though, that it won’t support filters at all.
There’s no word on a price yet, either, although the release date is expected to be March 28th. After everybody already having waited 8 months since it was initially shown off, what’s a few more days?
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.