Published: August 28, 2020
Venus Optics announces the compact Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL FullFrame E-mount lens ($699) featuring an ultra-wide 126° angle of view and weighing just 8.9 ounces (254g). It’s designed with a 62mm filter thread – making it currently the world’s widest fullframe rectilinear lens with a front filter thread.
Ultra Wide Angle perspective with 126° angle of view
Featuring a remarkable 126° angle of view, the new Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL offers an exaggerated and non-fisheye perspective. It is a perfect tool for landscape, travel and interior photographers.
Built-in 62mm filter thread
Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL is equipped with 62 mm filter thread for screw-in filters. It is a very convenient feature for landscape photographers as filters are one of their most commonly used tools. For photographers who opt to use slide-in filters, the specially designed magnetic filter holder allows them to use their 100mm-wide filters with no vignetting.
High quality image with minimum distortion and chromatic aberrations
The 11mm lens is composed of 14 elements in 10 groups which deliver a remarkable image sharpness. Although it is not a Zero-D lens, the two aspherical elements and three extra-low dispersion elements suppress the distortion and chromatic aberrations to the minimum.
Super compact and lightweight
The lens is designed to achieve high mobility, compactness and lightness to give photographers more flexibility in travelling. The tiny lens is only 2.5 inches (6.3cm) in height & weighs 8.9 oz (254g). It is one of the smallest ultra wide angle lens you could find for full frame mirrorless cameras.
Extremely close focusing distance
Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL features an extremely close focusing distance of 7.4″ / 19cm (from subject to sensor) for photographers to create macro-like shots with the ultra-wide perspective.
Stunning 10-point sunstars
Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL is designed with 5-bladed aperture where a clean and appealing 10-point sunstar rendering can be created.
Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL supports rangefinder coupling on Leica M. For other mounts, there is a focusing tab to improve stability when focusing and use to adjust the focus ring marking.
Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL is available in Leica M, Leica L, Sony FE and Nikon Z mounts. Leica M mount will be available in black and silver.
Focal Length: 11mm
Max. Aperture: f/4.5
Min. Aperture: f/22
Angle of View: 126°
Format Compatibility: Full Frame
Lens Structure: 14 elements in 10 groups
Aperture Blades: 5
Min. Focusing Distance: 7.4” (19cm)
Max. Magnification: 0.1x
Filter Thread: 62mm
Dimensions: 63.5mm x 58mm
Weight: 8.9 oz. (254g)
Mounts: Leica M, Leica L, Sony FE, Nikon Z
Pricing & Availability
The new Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL is currently available to purchase via Venus Optics website and authorized resellers. The US price for 11mm f/4.5 FF RL is $699 for Sony FE, Nikon Z and L and $799 for Leica M mount. Pricing varies in different countries. Shipping starts mid-September for Sony E mount, L mount, Nikon Z and Leica M (Black version). The Leica M mount (Silver version) will shipped in late-September.
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