This is the upcoming Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 distortion-free lens for Nikon F mount from Venus Optics

I already reported on PhotoRumors about the upcoming Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 distortion-free lens (close-to-zero distortion) from Venus Optics that will be officially announced next week, on July 30th. I just received the first picture of the Nikon F-mount version of the lens:

The Nikon version of the lens is with automatic diaphragm and aperture coupling. The lens will be launched through Kickstarter. The retail price will be USD 949, early birds will be able to get discounts.  Venus Optics Laowa lenses are available for sale at B&H.

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  • J.Coi

    Too bad, even manufacturer does not know how to connect lens hood.

    • bjrichus

      I just noticed the angle of the petals…. TISK.

      • Spy Black

        It’s really handy when you’re drunk…

    • It smells like they had a manager sitting in at the product shoot telling them to get as much logo in as possible.

      I can’t believe somebody taking photos professionally would make such a big mistake organically.

      • First thing I noticed! But Oli has a point…it’s probably intentional…which is kinda worse.

        • Allen_Wentz

          Yeah. It is not like they are selling 12mm lens to newbie consumers.

      • TheInfinityPoint

        Wait, I still can’t see the brand name… ????



        • Seriously? On top of the hood, and the bezel of the outer element.

    • Jeffnky

      Would block the 12mm marking

    • T.I.M

      My guess is that the lens in the picture is not a Nikon mount, they may tried to put it on the camera without securing the lens in order not to damage the bayonet.
      I know, I should have been a detective.

      • TheInconvenientRuth

        As someone who is part Chinese and has been living and working in China for the past 15 years, my educated guess would be that someone decreed that the lens hood had to be rotated this way so the LAOWA brand name would be clearly visible on it. Obviously engineers and photographers working for LAOWA would’ve pointed out that this looked stupid, but it would have been ordered to do this anway by the management.

        • Michiel953


      • If you look, you’ll see the inner, integral petals are lined up correctly with the camera, and out of line with the attached hood.

  • Nakayamahanzaemon

    Admin, this is off-topic. Have you checked the The brand new AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED is coming. Check it out!

  • dgs

    is this an AF lens? And can filters be attached? I miss the latter on my 14-24…

    • Alexandr Darius Maximilian Rad

      Manual focus I bet.

  • kotozafy

    OFF TOPIC : When I was a kid in the 60s I lived in s small town on the east coast of the island of Madagascar, There was an old chinese who ran a small business. He was ruthless with all of us who tried to steal sweets and peanuts in his shop. His name? LAOWA!

    • Kartik

      Cool connection.

  • Nice, with Samyang already in the competition, full frame ultra wide angle market is getting crazy.

  • TheMeckMan

    Full review was linked over at Canon Rumors to Northlight:

  • Alexandr Darius Maximilian Rad

    Hi! If you follow this lens, do you know whether it will have a hard infinity stop?

    • Alexandr Darius Maximilian Rad

      To answer my own question – it should have:
      “Focusing Ring
      Focusing ring is buttery smooth and nicely damped. The infinity focus is precise, which means that while other AF lenses allow your focusing ring to turn slightly beyond infinity, this lens stops the focusing ring exactly at infinity. This allows me to easily set the focus to infinity in dark situations. ”

      • RIT

        Nikon don’t hard focus infinity due to differing focus in infrared. If this ultra wide has hard focus infinity IR performance may be poor, not even designed into the lens. Fuzzy and bloomy disqualifies it from my kit even if I were to only use it occasionally for IR on an unconverted body. (“Nikon think”.)

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