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Go ultra-wide with Laowa’s 11mm lens FF RL

New super wide optic for full-frame mirrorless cameras will let you see the bigger picture…

If you’re looking for a lens that will help you make a big impact then take a look at Laowa’s new 11mm f/4.5 FF RL optic – a rectilinear optic that captures a wide field of view without distortions the scene in the same way a fisheye lens works.

Built for full-frame mirrorless cameras like the Nikon Z 7 and Sony a7RIV, the new Laowa optic offers a huge 126-degree angle of view, making the lens suitable for photography genres such as landscape, interior, travel and architecture photography.

Image by Richard Wong / Laowa, captured with the Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL

Currently the world’s widest rectilinear lens with a front filter thread for full frame mirrorless cameras, the filter thread size comes in at 62mm, enabling photographers to mount filters such as ND and ND grad glass.

Image by John Hanson / Laowa, captured with the Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL

Built around a ‘14 elements in 10 groups’ design, the Laowa lens includes a pair of aspherical elements and no less than three extra-low dispersion elements to suppress distortion and keep chromatic aberrations to a minimum. 

Image by Bastian Kraztke / Laowa, captured with the Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL

Despite the 11mm F/4.5 FF RL’s big features, the manual focus optic is surprisingly small on size, measuring just 6.3cm high and tipping the scales at only 254g – making the lens a great selection for those photographers looking to save on space and weight.

Image by John Hanson/ Laowa, captured with the Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL

Those wishing to capture frame-filling images of smaller subjects will be pleased to hear the lens features a closest focusing distance of just 19cm, and this will also allow landscape photographers to stretch the perspective of foreground in their scenes.

Image by Wen Tai Du Su / Laowa, captured with the Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL

Thanks to a 5-bladed aperture design, photographers can use light sources such as the sun or other artificial lighting to create 10-point sunstar effects, adding extra interest especially to low light cityscape scenes. The Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL also supports rangefinder coupling on Leica M cameras, too. 

Image by Chen Guoheng/Laowa, captured with the Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL

The Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL will be available in two colour designs (black and silver) and priced at $799 for the Leica M mount. The lens will cost $699 for the Sony FE, Nikon Z and L-mount fittings and shipping is expected to start throughout September.

Image by Bastian Kraztke / Laowa, captured with the Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL