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Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift Lens Now Available

March 28th, 2022 Jump to Comment Section
Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift Lens Now Available

Venus Optics has just announced a new wide-angle shift lens with very minimal distortion, the Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift. The lens promises to correct convergent vertical perspective lines and it covers the full-frame format, enabling a ±11mm shift adjustment. Its official suggested retail price is $1,299.

Perspective-control lenses are particularly suitable for architecture, interior, and landscape photography. In truth, with a little bit of creativity, they also have interesting applications in the filmmaking world. In case you missed it, I suggest taking a look at this recent article on the subject.

Chinese lens manufacturer Venus Optics already offers a super wide-angle shift lens, the EISA-awarded 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift, which is now joined by a new 20mm low-distortion glass. So let’s take a look at the new Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift.

Source: Venus Optics

Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift: overview

This new manual lens provides a wide angle of view of 94.4°. Its large image circle covers the full-frame format and it enables a ±11mm shift adjustment on such sensors. This further extends the angle of view to 117° when shooting panorama stills.

The shift adjustment is particularly useful to correct converging vertical lines when taking stills of tall structures and buildings. The lens is part of the Zero-D series, which delivers close-to-zero distortion, according to the company.

Source: Venus Optics

This 20mm is compatible with a huge variety of camera systems, since it’s available in Canon EF and RF, Nikon F and Z, Sony E, Pentax K, Leica L, and Fujifilm G mount options. Moreover, this new glass comes with an included lens hood that is rotatable to prevent lens flares.

Source: Venus Optics

Optical design

The optical design features 16 elements in 11 groups, including 2 aspherical and 3 ED components. According to the company, this scheme allows to achieve optimal image quality, obtain a crisp image, and keep chromatic aberrations under control.

Moreover, the iris design consists of 14 blades that serve two purposes. In fact, they render point-like light sources as 14-point sunstars when stopping down the aperture for architecture photography, while still providing a smooth bokeh when shooting close subjects wide open. By the way, the minimum focusing distance of the lens is 22cm.

Source: Venus Optics

Key features

  • 20mm wide angle lens
  • f/4-20
  • 94.4° angle of view
  • ±11mm shift amount
  • Close to zero distorsion
  • 16 elements in 11 groups
  • 14-blade aperture
  • Minimum focusing distance: 22cm
  • 82mm filter thread
  • Rotatable lens hood
  • Optional lens support available
  • Weight: 747g
Source: Venus Optics

Price and availability

The new Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift lens is now available for purchase on CVP. All mount options share the same official retail price of $1,299 (approximately €1,136.94 excl. VAT). Moreover, an optional special lens support is also up for sale for $249 (about €268.52 excl. VAT).

Do you often find yourself using shift lenses in your work? Let us know your thoughts about this new Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift Laowa in the comment section down below!

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