Venus Optics launches new and improved Laowa 15mm f/4.5R Zero-D Shift in eight different mounts

Apr 11, 2022

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Venus Optics launches new and improved Laowa 15mm f/4.5R Zero-D Shift in eight different mounts

Apr 11, 2022

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Venus Optics has just released a new and improved version of its Laowa 15mm f/4.5R Zero-D Shift lens. This TIPA Awards-winning lens is ideal for architecture, interior, landscapes and cityscapes, and it now gives you more options and creative choices than before.

The new Laowa 15mm f/4.5R Zero-D Shift differs from its predecessor mainly in the number of aperture blades. There are nearly three times more of them now – the old version had only five, and the new one has as many as 14.

This is the widest shift lens you’ll find for full-frame cameras, and it’s still relatively cheap considering the specs. The original version was first announced in 2020, and it did pretty well in our review. As I mentioned, the new version has 14 aperture blades instead of five, which gives you softer bokeh and softer and subtler sunstars. It’s also a bit different on the outside, with a red ring instead of blue to note the new version of the lens.

The rest of the specs is the same as in the previous version. With the Laowa 15mm f/4.5R Zero-D Shift, you get virtually no distortion (that’s what “zero-D” stands for). The maximum possible shift amount of the lens is ±11mm for full-frame cameras and ±8mm for medium format cameras like Fujifilm GFX or Hasselblad X1D. And yeah, this lens covers the medium format as well as full-frame and APS-C sensors. It’s available in eight different mounts: Canon EF, Canon RF, Nikon F, Nikon Z, Sony E, Pentax K, Leica L mount, and Fujifilm G.

Here are the specs and some product photos:

Laowa 15mm f/4.5R Zero-D Shift
15mm
f/4.5-22
110°
Full Frame: ± 11mm of shift
Medium Format: ± 8mm of shift
17 elements in 11 groups
(2 aspherical elements and 3 ED elements)
14 blades
0.2x
20cm
Manual (MF)
About Ø 79mm * 103mm
About 597g
Canon EF & RF / Nikon F & Z / Sony E / Pentax K / L mount / Fujifilm G

And here are some awesome sample photos, too:

© Carlo Yuen
© Jimmy Chan
© Jimmy Chan
© Jimmy Chan
© Carlo Yuen

The Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift is available for orders on Venus Optics website, and it costs the same as the old version did when it was launched: $1,199.

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Dunja Djudjic

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    Africashot

    I was already tempted by the previous version but had read it is quite soft, looking at the samples here some are sharp but some others do look very soft, not sure why that is, I guess time will tell!