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Venus Optics announce the new Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift Lens – World’s Widest Shift Lens for Full Frame Cameras

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Anhui China, Oct 30, 2020 – Venus Optics, the manufacturer specialized in making unique camera lenses, pioneered Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift, the widest shift lens for full-frame cameras and medium format cameras. Giving credits to a ±11mm shift amount (±8mm on the medium format), this ultra-wide shift lens breaks through the industry level and bringing the wide-angle lens standard to the next level.

Image quality is guaranteed with high image sharpness and nearly no optical distortion (Zero- D). The 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift enriches the diversity of Laowa’s extensive wide-angle lens collection by giving photographers more control on the perspective in their images.

World’s widest shift lens for Full Frame Cameras

15mm f/4.5 Shift is the widest shift lens for a full frame camera. The angle of view is 110°, and it covers a huge ⌀ 65mm image circle. The wider perspective offers great deal of flexibility for photographers to capture architecture and interior shots when space is limited.

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Ⓒ XuNuo
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Ⓒ Richard Wong
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±11mm Shift Amount

The maximum possible shift amount of the lens is ±11mm for full frame camera and ±8mm for medium format camera (e.g. Fujifilm GFX / Hasselblad X1D). The shift capability allows photographers to capture straight architecture with ease. 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift straightens the lines that appear to converge in the distance. Crooked images can be corrected by changing the perspective of the lens. Perspective distortion is being eliminated to create the reality-like image.

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The ±11mm shift amount also allows photographers to expand the angle of view by stitching multiple images. It gives an extraordinary image perspective and rooms for special compositions.

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Ⓒ Richard Wong
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Ⓒ Richard Wong

Large Image Circle

With a huge ⌀65mm image circle, the lens not only works with the full-frame format but also covers the medium format sensors. This makes it currently the World’s Widest lens covering Fujifilm GFX sensor with no vignetting.

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15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift on Fujifilm GFX50R (Medium Format)

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+8MM SHIFT

No vignetting up to +/- 8mm shift

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Very mild vignetting is observed from in 9mm onwards up to +/- 11mm

Zero Distortion

15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift is composed of 17 elements in 11 groups with 2pcs of aspherical elements. It suppresses the distortion to nearly Zero level from corner to corner. Perfect for architecture photography as any straight lines will be retained.

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Ⓒ Bastian Kratzke

Impressive Image Quality

15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift is coupled with a new lens coating. A significant improvement on the chromatic aberration, flaring and ghosting control.

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Ⓒ Nicco Valenzuela
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Ⓒ ChenGuoHeng

Sharpness comparison of the Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift against competitors

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Extremely Close Focusing Distance

15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift is an ultra wide shift lens coupled with 20cm closest focusing distance. Macro-like photos can now be created easily. The Functionality of the lens is diverse. Wide angle macro image can be easily captured with this lens.

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Stunning 10-point Sunstar

The 5-bladed aperture creates stunning 10-point sunstar rendering.

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Ⓒ Danny Kwan

360° Rotation

The rotation function enables photographers to change the direction of the shift easily by pressing the silver unlock button. This gives photographers more flexibility in composing the image (in both landscape and portrait orientation). The lens barrel can be rotated through 360° and it clicks every 15°.

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Shift Lens Support

A lens support is specially designed for 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift. Perfect for panorama stitching as the optic axis remains unchanged..

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Demo link:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/15tTff80jUWr-rok5NB83e6VCysuIPAdt/view?usp=sharing

Multiple Mount options

Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift is available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Canon RF, Nikon Z, Sony FE mount.

(Canon EF and Nikon F will be available on Late Nov, 2020)

(Canon RF, Nikon Z and Sony FE mount will be available on Feb, 2021)

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Canon EF Nikon F

Pricing & Availability

The new Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift is currently available to purchase via Venus Optics official website (http://www.venuslens.net/) and authorized resellers.

The US price for 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift is $1,199 for all mounts. Pricing varies in different countries. The first 100 orders through our webstore will get a lens pouch for FREE.

Shipping starts from late-Nov 2020 for Canon EF and Nikon F mount.

The Canon RF, Nikon Z and Sony FE mount will be shipped from Feb 2021.

Product Shots & Sample Images

More marketing materials, product shots and sample images can be found in the following Google Drive link.

https://bit.ly/3jwtmmk

Specification

Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift
Focal Length 15mm
Maximum Aperture f/4.5
Angle of View 110°
Shift Capability Full Frame: ± 11mm of shift Medium Format : ± 8mm of shift
Format Compatibility Full Frame
Lens Structure 17 elements in 11 groups
Aperture Blades 5
Min. Focusing Distance 20cm (7.87”)
Filter Thread
Dimensions 79mm*103mm (3.1” x 4”)
Weight 21.0oz (597g)
Mounts Canon EF/RF, Nikon F/Z, Sony FE
Focus Manual Focus