Laowa, recognized particularly for his or her wide-angle macro lenses, launched a brand new lens for EF and Nikon F mount. The Laowa 14mm F/4 Zero-D lens is a price range choice for DSLR wide-angle macro lenses.
You most likely heard of their Laowa Probe 24mm F/14 lens (test our evaluation right here), which created fairly a hype for views not likely attainable earlier than at that worth level. However Laowa has a fairly intensive lineup of assorted (largely wide-angle) lenses, most of which have a macro-like minimal focus distance.
Don’t they’ve a 14mm f/4 lens already?
It’s a bit tough to distinguish between a few of their lenses, as a result of they appear so shut to one another, for instance: 15mm F/4, 12mm F/2.8 Zero-D, and truly, there’s a 14mm F/4 Zero-D already. So to clear issues up a bit:
The already present 14mm F/4 Zero-D is made for mirrorless cameras (Sony E-mount, Canon RF, Nikon Z and so forth.). This made adapting to mounts with a much bigger flange focal distance – like EF mount – not possible, or not less than extremely impractical.
The 12mm F/2.8 Zero-D nonetheless appears to be the higher choice. It has a wider subject of view, a much bigger aperture, however prices nearly twice as a lot.
The 15mm F/4 is an older lens and doesn’t put on the “Zero-D” badge, which is Laowas personal advertising and marketing label for lenses with minimal distortion.
So the brand new addition is an reasonably priced, sharp lens meant for EF and F mount cameras.
Laowa 14mm F/4 Zero-D technical specs
The minimal focus distance is 14.5cm (5.71″), which needs to be greater than sufficient to name this a macro lens. At that time and with that focal size the impact turns into fairly attention-grabbing in my view, all the sides really feel like working away.
The Laowa 14mm F/4 Zero-D covers full body sensors, has 5 aperture blades, a 114° angle of view and a 67mm screw on filter thread.
The lens design options 13 parts in 10 teams, with 2 extra-low dispersion parts and a pair of aspherical glasses to eradicate coloration fringing and distortion, staying true to the Zero-D (Zero-Distortion) label.
It’s a fairly compact lens at 75mm (2.95″) and 73mm (2,87″) size and a weight of 360g (12.7oz) and 320g (11.29oz) for the EF variant and Nikon F, respectively.
With this lens you might have in-camera aperture management over the EF mount contacts or the F mount aperture coupling. Understand that the EF mount variant doesn’t have a handbook aperture ring, so altering the aperture is simply attainable over the digicam menu. A number of Chinese language price range lenses don’t characteristic digital contacts, so it’s good that Laowa added them right here. On video shoots you usually want handbook aperture rings over in-camera adjustments, however it is a lens additionally made for panorama pictures, so just a few trade-offs needed to be made to serve a wider market.
A fairly new addition to their lenses is a focusing scale adjustment system, with which you’ll align the gap marks in response to your digicam. You possibly can loosen the main target marks, focus at a sure distance recognized to you and realign the dimensions in response to that. It’s proven within the video right here:
Pricing and availability
You possibly can preorder the lens on their web site for the MSRP of 499$. Different resellers like CVP supply the identical service. There isn’t a official details about the delivery date, however we are going to replace this phase as soon as we all know.
Like talked about earlier than, it’s a fairly good price range various to the extra pricey F/2.8 lenses from Laowa.
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