Laowa has released the Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift lens for both the Canon EF and the Canon RF mount. This lens has no electronic connections but for a shift lens that is pretty common.
The lens is currently available from Laowa's website, and it will most likely end up on Adorama and other retailers soon.
When you purchase from Laowa, you are actually purchasing essentially a medium format lens, then choosing your shift mechanism, and then the mount type. For the RF version, that comes to $1349 – certainly a bargain when it comes to ultra wide shifting lenses. Keep in mind this lens does not tilt, only shift – but for architecture, that's usually exactly what you need to do.
Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift is an ultra-wide-angle shift lens that you cannot resist. On top of the high image sharpness and nearly no distortion (Zero-D), the lens also comes with a rotatable lens hood for avoiding flares and protecting the front lens element.
The amount of shift is ±11mm for full-frame cameras and ±8mm for medium format cameras, making it super easy to capture architectural and interior photography in a corrected perspective. Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift expands Laowa’s Shift Lens line-up giving you an addition option for distinct needs.
|Name||Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift|
|Aperture Range||f/4 – 22|
|Coverage of image circle||Ø 65mm|
|Angle of view||94.4°|
|Lens structure||16 elements in 11 groups
(2 aspherical elements and 3 ED elements)
|Aperture blades||14 blades|
|Min. Focusing Distance||25cm|
|In-focus driving mode||Manual (MF)|
|Dimensions||About Ø 95mm * 91mm|
|Mount||Canon EF & RF / Nikon F & Z / Sony E /
Pentax K / L mount / Fujifilm G
Keith Cooper from NorthLight Images is first up with an excellent review of the Laowa shift lens.
If you didn't already know, Keith is the master of all things tilt and shift, and if you haven't already you should take a good watch of Keith's webinar on Canon tilt-shift lenses. Also, don't forget to subscribe to Keith's channel while you are at it.
Nikon’s T&S lenses years ago, fueled the rumors that both companies were going into the medium format camera business.
at some point, Sony might wish they could close up this opening, if they’re not already regretting it, as these companies make a lot more money from selling lenses than they ever did selling bodies.
I still find your book a great reference point when I use my own TS-E lens.
I am tempted by this lens.
I think the if you composited either end and middle would be around 12mm.
I have a Canon 24mm TS-E II and really like it.
Sometimes its not wide enough when a building is tall and I can't go back far enough.
I've thought about the 17mm TS-E but the bulbous front and the filters solution is just too big.
The Laowa 15mm has the same issue.
I'm tempted by a 20mm where I can use normal filters.
What I couldn't figure from the review is if I have the level how much of a tall building would I get with an upward shift from centre
You discuss sharpness in the review. In other reviews I've read they were a bit cagey about sharpness.
It's hard to say whether they are saying its sharp or not.
I got the impression from your review the sharpness is pretty acceptable. Would I be summising correctly?
I can't speak for a 20mm lens. With the TS-E 17, this shot of the Cathédrale Saint-Gatien de Tours was taken from the plaza across the street. I was about 30 m from the facade of the cathedral, which is just under 70 m tall. Max shift on the lens.
"Cathédrale Saint-Gatien de Tours"
EOS 1D X, TS-E 17mm f/4L, 25s, f/8, ISO 800
That image is helpful for me to see what 17mm is capable of shifted. It's a tall building like what I might use it for. The Laowa is tempting in the short term as it will take normal filters.
Review: Laowa 20mm shift lens f4 for full frame
1:5 maybe - I've not calculated it
I've been working a few days (yay!) but will be adding some more example shots to the written review this weekend (one reason I like the written stuff more than videos!)
I did need to drop to f/11 for strong shift (causing howls of pain from those worried about diffraction)
A minor issue might be that I only have a 26MP RP to test it, not my 5Ds
Where I did get some softness, it often turned out to be less than perfect focusing
Filters don't really figure in my work -maybe an ND on my 24, but not of the really wide.
The 15 and 17 shots are from the 15/17 comparison at the end of my [written] Laowa 15 review