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Laowa’s super compact 14mm f/4 full-frame Zero-D lens uses small 52mm filters

Venus Optics has announced a new compact full-frame rectilinear 14mm f/4 Zero-D lens for mirrorless camera systems. And it’s available for just about all FF mirrorless mounts, including Nikon Z, Canon RF, Sony FE, Leica L and even Leica M. Laowa says that despite its small stature, the ultra-wide manual focus Laowa 14mm f/4 FF RL Zero-D lens does not compromise on performance.

Offering a 114? field of view in such a small lens is impressive enough as it is, but to give it their Zero-D moniker just sounds insane. Looking at the images in Christopher Frost’s review above, though, there is very little distortion indeed. Designed for “urban explorers”, it’s very compact, measuring only 58mm in diameter, 59mm long, housing a 52mm filter thread and weighing only 228g.

Focal length 14mm
Max aperture f/4
Min aperture f/22
Angle of view 114?
Format Full-Frame
Mount Leica M, Leica L, Sony FE, Nikon Z, Canon RF
Focus type Manual Focus
Lens type Rectilinear
Optics 13 elements in 9 groups
Filter thread 52mm
Aperture blades 5
Min focus distance 27cm (10.62″)
Dimensions 58 x 59mm
Weight 228g

Despite having a 52mm filter thread, it appears the lens hood is fixed and built into the lens, which might make it somewhat tricky to actually install and remove them. But they also offer a specially designed magnetic filter holder which allows photographers to use standard 100mm square and rectangular filters with no vignetting.

The 5-blade aperture creates “perfect 10-point sunstar rendering”, Venus Optics says about the new lens, which can be created by simply stopping down the aperture. They certainly help to add some sparkle to night shots.

Image: WenTai DaShu

you can also see in the image above, given the number of straight lines, just how little barrel or pincushion distortion this lens presents – which is just phenomenal in a lens of this size and weight. And from the sample images, it looks equally as impressive at night for long exposure astrophotography as it does during the day, despite its relatively small f/4 aperture.

Image: XuNuo

Image: Chen Can Ming

Image: Chen Can Ming

I just don’t understand how they can make such a wide lens this small with so little distortion, but it’s very impressive. How is this even possible?

The Laowa 14mm f/4 FF RL Zero-D is available to pre-order now for $549 in Sony FE, Canon RF, Nikon Z and Leica L mounts and $649 for Leica M mount. The Leica M (Black), Leica L, Nikon Z and Sony E mount versions begin shipping in late September and Leica M (Silver) and Canon RF mount versions will ship from late October.