You may remember Laowa fully funded their new 12mm f/2.8 lens kickstarter within 30 seconds of going live last month. Thanks to the claims of high quality and “Zero Distortion” (or really close to it), people took notice and they pre-sold over 700 lenses. At the time of the campaign launch, one of the videos for the new lens didn’t seem to get much notice. It does, however, show off a very cool feature of Laowa’s lenses.
That feature is the “Water Repelling Frog Eye Coating”. This hydrophobic coating means that when rain or other liquids splash it, they don’t stick. They immediately just roll off, leaving your front element perfectly clear. Ideal for photojournalists, street photographers, or anybody out there potentially shooting in rain or muddy conditions.