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Venus Optics LAOWA ZERO-D 12mm F2.8
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:20 am    Post subject: Venus Optics LAOWA ZERO-D 12mm F2.8 Reply with quote

Original thread on Chinese forum Xitek:
http://forum.xitek.com/thread-1546399-1-1-2.html

Thread in SAR:
http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/venus-to-launch-the-fastest-distortion-free-ff-lens-of-the-world-for-both-a-and-e-mount/

Samples in JPEG:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsktT3YMW

What makes this lens interesting is they say it has almost no distortion. That is the reason why this lens is called ZERO-D.

For the convenience of the forum member, I have upload three RAW files to Google drive provide by the developer in the first link. The copyright of these photos belongs to the original owner who take these photos.

DNG:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B12fPAOfayQfUmdETEJWbENKYTQ/view?usp=sharing

ARW:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B12fPAOfayQfTnV4ZWlxSkprNkU/view?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B12fPAOfayQfNHZPNlVyNDlZcGM/view?usp=sharing


PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like an interesting lens, but 12mm f/2.8 means a quite big lens?


PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it will balance well on a SLR.


PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This lens can use the 100mm square filters which is nice as most the 14mm ultra-wide need bigger filters.


PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some new photo and a video take with this lens

http://forum.xitek.com/thread-1566848-1-1-2.html

There is a new sample in RAW format in the link above taken with A7R. I have uploaded to Google drive for the convenience of the members.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B12fPAOfayQfMkVaVC1KbVZjVnc/view?usp=sharing


PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are two more videos taken with this lens.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiSXz3Eujt2mx4OYWwO2CwA

There will be an add-on adapter for E mount which change this lens to a 17mm F4 with 10mm shift ability(works for the SLR versions).


PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2016 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you!
This lens looks good from the image results!
Is there a price estimation from the manufacturer?


PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2016 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The price is not announced yet but it should be reasonable. The lens consists of 16 elements which two of them are large-diameter aspherical lenses and three ED lenses.

Photos of the lens show on exhibition:
http://forum.xitek.com/forum-redirect-goto-findpost-ptid-1566848-pid-66187975.html


PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If this 12 adjusts the price, turn about to a Rokinon/Distortion/Samyang killer. Promises no distortion, now I hope to see their sharpness. The focal length is fascinating, but very punctual use.

All modern and supposedly good lenses that are appearing on the market, seem to have a congenital disease, excess weight and size ... this is the way?

Happy shots!


PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Samyang/Rokinon have plenty of distortion correction Adobe profiles, so that's really not an issue. Price will definitely be the determining factor and their other lenses are relatives "meh" when it comes to price vs usefulness/features despite pretty good optics.

I'm personally still considering Sigma 12-24 II from the used market, and those go for ~600 but have AF, zoom range, very correctable distortion, but do lack utmost sharpness only at the 12-<14 end.


PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 2:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think landscape photographer will prefer a lens with nearly no distortion rather one with complex distortion.

This lens is not large and heavy indeed. It is about the same weight as the Samyang 14mm and shorter in length.

Lets see more review when the lens is available for sale. Wink


PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There will be a Kickstarter Launch.

Quote:
Wanna enjoy a discount as many as 30% off? Stay in front of the computer and be the super early birds! Quantities are LIMITED!


https://www.facebook.com/venuslaowa/posts/1428276170522394


PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A very exciting UWA lens. Up-to-date information on venuslens.com site:
http://www.venuslens.net/product/laowa-12mm-f2-8-zero-d/


PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Persoally for me this kind of tests aren t the determining factor, but for such a lens they have a value:

http://www.photozone.de/canon_eos_ff/981-laowa12f28