Anhui China, December 13, 2022 – Venus Optics, a pioneer in producing unique photo and cine lenses, announced today the addition of new mounts for the Magic Shift Converter (MSC), transforming the normal lenses into a professional shift lens with ±10mm shift capability. On top of the existing Canon EF, Nikon F and Nikon G to Sony E options, the brand is adding Canon EF to Canon RF, Canon EF to Nikon Z and Nikon F/G to Nikon Z to the portfolio. With the MSC, the Canon and Nikon DSLR lenses can be mounted on mirrorless cameras while retaining optical performance. It is optimized with the Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D ultra-wide angle lens but you can use any full manual EF and F mount lenses, supporting photographers to capture straight architecture, interior and real estate photos.

Additional mounts for other Laowa lenses are also announced – new Canon RF mount for 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye, 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D, and 65mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro APO and new L mount for 12-24mm f/5.6 Zoom.

Laowa Magic Shift Converter

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Patented Optical System

The MSC has a built-in shift mechanism with a maximum ±10mm distance. By shifting horizontally or vertically, converging vertical lines created by distance can be corrected easily with the adjusted perspective. Shift lens is extremely powerful for architectural photographers to capture straight skyscrapers and real estate photography.

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Low Chromatic Aberration

Made with 5 elements in 4 groups with 2 ultra-refractive glasses, the MSC delivers a remarkable control on chromatic aberration and consistent image sharpness from the center to the edge.

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360° Rotation

The MSC body can be rotated 360° both clockwise and anti-clockwise by pressing the knob. It allows photographers to shoot in both horizontal and portrait orientation.

Lens Support

Come with a lens support, providing user-friendly installation on tripods to maintain a perfect balance of the lens during shifting, and the axis of the image can be easily aligned.

Built-in Aperture Ring for Nikon F/G lens

Both Nikon F and Nikon G lenses work well with the Magic Shift Converter. An aperture ring on the MSC provides control of the aperture for the Nikon G lenses.

Laowa Magic Shift Converter MSC

Lens Structure

5 elements in 4 groups

Aperture Impact

Reduce 1-stop

Focus Mode

Manual (MF)

Shift Amount

± 10mm

Dimensions

About Ø 69.6mm*44.1mm

Weight

About 360g

Mounts

(new) Canon EF-Canon RF /
(new) Canon EF-Nikon Z /
Canon EF-Sony E /
(new) Nikon F/G-Nikon Z /
Nikon F/G-Sony E

Pricing & Availability

Laowa Magic Shift Converter is currently available to purchase via Venus Optics official website (http://www.venuslens.net/) and authorized resellers.

The US price for Laowa Magic Shift Converter is USD300 for Canon EF to Canon RF, Nikon Z, and Sony E and USD320 for Nikon F/Nikon G to Nikon Z and Sony E. Pricing varies in different countries.

Product Page

Laowa Magic Shift Converter: https://www.venuslens.net/product/laowa-magic-shift-converter/

Other lenses with additional mounts

Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye (Canon RF)

Featuring a one-of-a-kind 210° field of view, Laowa 4mm f/2.8 fisheye lens can create a circular fisheye perspective on Micro Four Thirds (M43) & APS-C cameras. Photographers can create a 360° full panorama image with a minimum of 2-3 shots. The lens weighs only 4.8 oz (135 g) which makes it extremely portable and allows photographers to have creative shots anywhere, anytime. The lens can also be mounted on DJI drones for creating a unique perspective you have never seen before.

Mounts available: Canon RF (NEW) / MFT / Fuji X / Sony E / Canon M / Leica L / Nikon Z

Product page: https://www.venuslens.net/product/laowa-4mm-f-2-8-mft/

Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D (Canon RF)

This exciting prime lens provides ultra wide-angle coverage up to 113° angle of view (100° on MFT system). The tiny size & light weight match perfectly with mirrorless cameras and are suitable for use with gimbals. 2 aspherical elements plus 3 extra-low dispersion elements successfully correct chromatic aberration, realize close-to-zero distortion & deliver excellent corner-to-corner sharpness.

Mounts available:

Canon RF (NEW) / Fuji X / Sony E / Canon EF-M / DJI DL / MFT / L mount / Nikon Z

Product page: https://www.venuslens.net/product/9mm/

Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO (Canon RF)

The Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X macro APO is the first macro lens that Venus Optics designs for systems other than full-frame cameras. This is the only macro lens in the market that is capable of producing 2X life-size images and designed specially for mirrorless cameras. The new 65mm is remarkably light and compact which makes it ideal for macro photography, daily still photos, portraiture and more.

Mounts available:

Canon RF (NEW) / Fuji X / Sony E / Canon EF-M / Nikon Z

Product page: https://www.venuslens.net/product/laowa-65mm-f-2-8-2x-ultra-macro-apo/

Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 Zoom (L mount)

The 12-24mm f/5.6 zoom is an ultra-wide zoom lens designed for mirrorless cameras. With an angle of view from 84° to 121°, the lens can be very useful for multiple scenarios. It also has a fixed f/5.6 maximum aperture throughout the whole zoom range which gives the photographer much greater control over the photo. The lens is relatively lightweight in its class. It is compressed to be around 3.3″/ 84mm long and weighs about 1.09 lbs/ 497g. The lens is also compatible with 77mm filters (With the lens hood) and has a 15cm close-focusing distance. Easily creating interesting shots with good background separation. Like many of the Laowa lenses, this wide-angle lens also renders stunning 10-point Sunstar.

Mounts available:

L mount (NEW) / Leica M / Sony E / Nikon Z / Canon RF

Product page: https://www.venuslens.net/product/laowa-12-24mm-f-5-6-zoom/

Go to discussion...

24 comments

  1. The shift adapter sounds like a very interesting concept. I wonder how many people might get one of those.
    It's a shifting teleconverter. Depending on the quality of the glass (both the converter glass and the converted lens) vs. the pixel pitch of your camera, you might be able to get the same or better effect just by cropping.
  2. That 65mm seems to be delayed thanks to 0 Covid lockdowns.
    Isn't Laowa a Chinese company? Not sure. Anyway, there have been some huge recent lockdowns in China. Supply chains are still disrupted. I think I read that China has loosened up in the past week or so.
  3. Isn't Laowa a Chinese company? Not sure. Anyway, there have been some huge recent lockdowns in China. Supply chains are still disrupted. I think I read that China has loosened up in the past week or so.
    Yes they are based in Heifei(Anhui province), China. China did "loosen" restrictions but the whole situation is still quite ambiguous.
  4. It's a shifting teleconverter. Depending on the quality of the glass (both the converter glass and the converted lens) vs. the pixel pitch of your camera, you might be able to get the same or better effect just by cropping.
    Also, as it requires a physical aperture ring it won't work with any (?) Canon EF lenses, only some 3rd party ones. I guess it could be a nice addition to the Laowa 12mm lens though.
  5. I have to admit... I read this and found it interesting... but all it made me want is the RF TS lenses to come out sooner.
    The RF T/S lenses (at least some of them) will supposedly have AF, but most T/S work is done on a tripod - by nature it is a slowish process setting up a shot, so the value of AF is arguable. The EF mount versions are excellent, so why lust after the RF version?
  6. The RF T/S lenses (at least some of them) will supposedly have AF, but most T/S work is done on a tripod - by nature it is a slowish process setting up a shot, so the value of AF is arguable. The EF mount versions are excellent, so why lust after the RF version?
    The question is also whether they will Af before or after tilt or shift operation. I too do not see any relevant advantage in AF , for me at least. Yet, I'm only an occasional TS lens user. A professional might see it differently. Would be intersesting reading Keith Cooper's opinion on the subject!
  7. The RF T/S lenses (at least some of them) will supposedly have AF, but most T/S work is done on a tripod - by nature it is a slowish process setting up a shot, so the value of AF is arguable. The EF mount versions are excellent, so why lust after the RF version?
    The bare minimum improvement I'd like to see is that it can sense the amount of tilt and shift and log that to the EXIF. Other brands are already doing that. It would make applying lens corrections in post a lot more feasible.
  8. The question is also whether they will Af before or after tilt or shift operation. I too do not see any relevant advantage in AF , for me at least. Yet, I'm only an occasional TS lens user. A professional might see it differently. Would be intersesting reading Keith Cooper's opinion on the subject!
    Maybe just to make the lens more useful for other photography? Just another feature to give it more value? I'd imagine the af would keep some traveler from carrying another lens. I've never owned a TS lens, so just spit balling.
  9. Maybe just to make the lens more useful for other photography? Just another feature to give it more value? I'd imagine the af would keep some traveler from carrying another lens. I've never owned a TS lens, so just spit balling.
    Funnily enough, one of the reasons why I love using my T/S-E 24mm is *because* it is slow to use. It takes time to set up a tripod, adjust the tilt and/or shift, and focus manually, during which time I'm spending more time also studying the composition, and noticing/eliminating distracting elements in the scene. If you haven't used one, hire one for a weekend and give it a try, it will be a revelation!

    I'm sure there will be someone, somewhere, sometime, who can find a use for AF in a T/S lens...

    and yes, It will be very interesting to hear Keith Cooper's opinions on this - if *anyone* will know how to get the best out of it, it will be Keith.
  10. It will be very interesting to hear Keith Cooper's opinions on this - if *anyone* will know how to get the best out of it, it will be Keith.
    Yes! I'll be waiting to see what Keith does. Honestly, the reason I've not tried it is because of the process. I have a huge problem concentrating and staying on task these days. I tend to forget what I am doing sometimes. I drove away from a good Manfrotto light stand and light in the middle of the desert a few years ago. I have to have someone with me.
  11. The question is also whether they will Af before or after tilt or shift operation. I too do not see any relevant advantage in AF , for me at least. Yet, I'm only an occasional TS lens user.
    Yes, for my use of a TSE17 and generally wide angle the "missing" AF is not a problem.
    But the TSE 90mm 2.8 as RF version with AF can be used as an portrait (or macro) lens also.

    Two(!)-Eye-Autofokus with slightly tilted plane can be a nice thing, i guess....
  12. Yes, for my use of a TSE17 and generally wide angle the "missing" AF is not a problem.
    But the TSE 90mm 2.8 as RF version with AF can be used as an portrait (or macro) lens also.

    Two(!)-Eye-Autofokus with slightly tilted plane can be a nice thing, i guess....
    Right!
    I had forgotten (I do not use them!) the 50, 90 and 135mm TSEs. AF is certainly useful for them!
    What could also be a benefit, if technically possible, is kind of an automatic hyperfocal function when tilting...I guess that's what you meant with two-eye AF.
  13. The RF T/S lenses (at least some of them) will supposedly have AF, but most T/S work is done on a tripod - by nature it is a slowish process setting up a shot, so the value of AF is arguable. The EF mount versions are excellent, so why lust after the RF version?
    Because I don't have a TS lens yet, and I would like to get a native one when it's released. The rumored RF sounds better, and I can wait.
  14. Because I don't have a TS lens yet, and I would like to get a native one when it's released. The rumored RF sounds better, and I can wait.
    That makes perfect sense. The EF mount versions however are extremely good, and mint copies can be had for less than a third of what you'll pay for a native RF version. For 99% of T/S photography, people will be using a tripod and focusing manually, so personally I question the *need* for AF - it seems more like a marketing *feature* than something of practical value.

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