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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.