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Venus Optics will launch an RF 12-24mm f/5.6 lens in 2021

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Venus Optics looks like they’re going to have a busy 2021 with new lenses, yesterday we reported that the company would launch a new Laowa Argus line of f/0.95 prime lenses for various mirrorless mounts, but it appears they aren’t done there.

According to Sony Addict, Venus Optics will also announce a 12-24mm f/5.6 lens for various full-frame mirrorless mounts, including Canon’s RF mount.

Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 Specifications:

  • Supported formats: Full size
  • Focal length: 12-24mm
  • Aperture: F5.6-F22
  • Angle of view: 121.9 ° -84 °
  • Lens configuration: 15 elements in 11 groups (2 aspherical elements, 3 ED lenses)
  • Aperture blade: 5 pieces
  • Shortest shooting distance: 15cm
  • Maximum shooting magnification: 0.4x
  • Size: φ69.4 × 74mm
  • Weight: 497g
  • Mount: Leica M, Nikon Z, Sony E, Canon RF

LeBlobe

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yes im having fun with RF35mm 0.5X. Would be curious to see at 12-24mm 0.4X. Depending on IQ i could be tempted by this over upcoming RF14-35 f/4. Also no IS , the canon one will have it i think.

edit: hmm is the 0.4X on whole zoom range? not sure if all zoom work the same
 
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bbasiaga

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yes im having fun with RF35mm 0.5X. Would be curious to see at 12-24mm 0.4X. Depending on IQ i could be tempted by this over upcoming RF15-35 f/4. Also no IS , the canon one will have it i think.

edit: hmm is the 0.4X on whole zoom range? not sure if all zoom work the same

This lens is 50mm only, so no zoom. If you are asking of the 12-24 can reproduce 0.4x at all focal lengths, you'd have to look at the patent/tech specs. Typically the max magnification only occurs at one end of the range.

Would someone even want macro at UWA focal lengths? I'd think the distortion would make it hard to make a pleasing subject. I'm asking honestly - I never really thought of macro reproduction at these FLs before.

-Brian
 

LeBlobe

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Nov 9, 2020
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Would someone even want macro at UWA focal lengths? I'd think the distortion would make it hard to make a pleasing subject. I'm asking honestly - I never really thought of macro reproduction at these FLs before.

-Brian

I didnt really try that wide but im interested in it , for shots of still life that we see big background or environment.
 

jvillain

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look at the magnification and minimum focusing distance. That is actually very interesting to me.

I am thinking this is intended for macro like shots but because it isn't 1:1 or greater they aren't calling it a macro. Some cmpanies will call ant thing a macro lens if they think it will sell lenses *cough* Canon *cough*.

Would someone even want macro at UWA focal lengths? I'd think the distortion would make it hard to make a pleasing subject. I'm asking honestly - I never really thought of macro reproduction at these FLs before.

The Laowa probe lens is some thing like 24mm F24. But it is at the top of my list of lenses I want becuase of the look it gives. 24 on FF is also really great indoors or if you are shooting widescreen for video.
 

padam

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It won't come with electronic contacts so it will be a pain to use on Canon bodies with IBIS that has a separate setting for each custom mode. That means if you use custom modes and want to turn IBIS on or off or set the focal length, you need to set that in every separate mode...
 

Antono Refa

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Eck, that’s slow.

How many lenses wider than 14mm are faster?

AFAIK, only Canon's EF 11-24mm f/4L and Sigma's 12-24mm f/4, and one stop isn't that much faster.

Added in editing: I missed the Venus 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D for Canon RF Cameras.
 
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hunck

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Mar 4, 2020
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I own the Sigma 12-24 ART but that thing is heavy! I may be dreaming but in the future I hope to get a Canon RF10-22 f/4 for architecture and this lightweight medium priced 12-24 f/5.6 for hiking.
 
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melgross

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look at the magnification and minimum focusing distance. That is actually very interesting to me.
Sure. But depth of field will harder to control. I suppose the monetary savings will be worth it to a a number of people who other wise couldn’t afford one of these faster zooms.
 

melgross

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How many lenses wider than 14mm are faster?

AFAIK, only Canon's EF 11-24mm f/4L and Sigma's 12-24mm f/4, and one stop isn't that much faster.

Added in editing: I missed the Venus 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D for Canon RF Cameras.
I don’t know, one stop is a lot. Otherwise why bother getting an f2.8 rather than a 4. Or a 50 1.4 rather than an f2. I could go on. Yes, one stop is a lot.
 

Chaitanya

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This lens is 50mm only, so no zoom. If you are asking of the 12-24 can reproduce 0.4x at all focal lengths, you'd have to look at the patent/tech specs. Typically the max magnification only occurs at one end of the range.

Would someone even want macro at UWA focal lengths? I'd think the distortion would make it hard to make a pleasing subject. I'm asking honestly - I never really thought of macro reproduction at these FLs before.

-Brian
As a herper I love Laowa 15mm Macro. Examples you really should look at for how much fun UWA macro really is:



0M4A5794 by Chaitanya Shukla, on Flickr
 
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Antono Refa

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I don’t know, one stop is a lot. Otherwise why bother getting an f2.8 rather than a 4. Or a 50 1.4 rather than an f2. I could go on. Yes, one stop is a lot.

The EF 800mm is f/5.6. Eck, that’s slow.

The RF 600mm & 800mm are f/11. Eck, that's ****ing slow.

EF 17-40mm, EF 24-70mm, and two EF 70-200mm f/4? Who'd buy them when there are f/2.8 versions?

A one stop difference isn't a lot, and f/5.6 isn't "eck, slow". Those are reasonable trade offs.