Venus Optics announces the Laowa 14mm f/4 FF RL Zero-D lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras

Jethro

EOS R
CR Pro
Jul 14, 2018
453
335
Yes, but some have electronic aperture control, like the EF 100mm 2x, but not the RF version.
I'm getting on fine without electronic control on the RF 100mm 2x - but it did take some getting used to, and I'd prefer it (especially for exif data). Lens quality and IQ are very good - especially for the price. I'd anticipate similar for the 14mm - although I'm not in the market.
 

Shellbo6901

EOS M50
Jan 16, 2015
37
8
I always see lens speak of being great for Astro when they are wide, but would that go for doing interior real estate shots?! Rn I use the 17-40, but have been told to do the 16-35?! But if there is 0 distortion at 14 wouldn’t it be exactly what I want to get perfect lines, etc?! Or is there a better option(I have the R) and of course for personal use would rather AF, but again if 0 distortion it sounds dreamy lol

the five start part on lights is scary unless that would be a benefit for ceiling lights(I’ve never put into thought into them except to make sure they are lit well etc.)
 

RobbieHat

EOS 90D
Feb 4, 2015
106
79
55
Rocklin, CA/The Sea Ranch, CA
I always see lens speak of being great for Astro when they are wide, but would that go for doing interior real estate shots?! Rn I use the 17-40, but have been told to do the 16-35?! But if there is 0 distortion at 14 wouldn’t it be exactly what I want to get perfect lines, etc?! Or is there a better option(I have the R) and of course for personal use would rather AF, but again if 0 distortion it sounds dreamy lol

the five start part on lights is scary unless that would be a benefit for ceiling lights(I’ve never put into thought into them except to make sure they are lit well etc.)
I would think this lens would do quite well for RE shoots. In R mount the 15-35 would come as close to this as Canon has at the moment. A good friend of mine shoots quite a lot of high end RE and uses Nikon’s 14-24 quite successfully for interiors. As you said, the wider with the least distortion is most desirable. I would think manual focus would be fine given ability to focus peek on Rs and the need to control focus at wider apertures on a tripod.

Bob
 

Frodo

EOS RP
Nov 3, 2012
389
70
I'm not convinced zero distortion is a huge deal. I have a Samyang 14/2.8 which quite strong distortion, but is corrected very well by the Lightroom profile. For astro work, low coma is critical (this can't be corrected) and f/2.8 is helpful.
 

mb66energy

EOS R
Dec 18, 2011
1,444
322
Germany
www.MichaelBockhorst.de
This is real progress in terms of compact, probably excellent IQ @ f/8 for e.g. landscape, small filter thread, low weight for travel/hiking/VLOG/very tight environments.
The price is reasonable and maybe I will buy one if Canon doesn't release some RF f/4.0 17mm IS MACRO :)
 

Eclipsed

EOS R5, "Hefty Fifty" and more.
Apr 30, 2020
143
147
This is a tempting adjunct for weight-limited travel, perhaps with a 24-70 or 70-200, or even with 100-500.

The 11-24 is 5x the weight, so this has quite a different mission and could exist alongside. I've been asking for a 14mm prime, and don't care about speed. I'd pay double for an AF RF, but this might do.