Laowa unveils $499 14mm F4 Zero-D lens for Canon EF, Nikon F mount camera systems: Digital Photography Review

Venus Optics has announced the release of the Laowa 14mm F4 Zero-D lens for Canon and Nikon DSLR camera systems.

The lens is constructed of 13 elements in 10 elements, including two extra-low dispersion elements and two aspherical elements. Like other Laowa ‘Zero-D’ lenses, the lens features near-zero distortion, despite its wide angle of view.

It’s also the first lens to get what Venus Optics calls a focusing scale adjustment system, which allows you to calibrate the infinity point of the lens. Venus Optics has shared the below tutorial showing owners what the calibration process looks like:

The lens features an integrated CPU for electronic control of the aperture with Canon EF mount camera bodies and an aperture coupling for Nikon F mount camera bodies. Other features include a minimum focusing distance of 14.5cm (5.7″), uses a five-blade aperture diaphragm and uses a 67mm front filter thread.

Below is a gallery of sample images, provided by Venus Optics from a range of photographers:

As for measurements, the lens comes in at 72.5mm (2.85″) in diameter for both the EF and F mount versions. The Canon EF mount version measures 75mm (2.95″) long while the Nikon F mount version is 73mm (2.87″) long. The Canon EF and Nikon F mount versions weigh 320g (11.3oz) and 360g (12.7oz), respectively.

The Laowa 14mm F4 Zero-D lens for Canon EF and Nikon F mounts is available to order on Venus Optics’ website for $499.

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