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Venus Optics Announces Laowa 15mm f/4.5R Zero-D Shift Lens with 14-Blade Aperture


Venus Optics has announced a red ring version of their TIPA Award-winning 15mm Shift Lens – the Laowa 15mm f/4.5R Zero-D Shift equipped with a 14-blade aperture. It joins the original blue ring 5-blade version as the widest shift lens for both full-frame cameras and medium format cameras in the market, the new version provides one more artistic option to photographers.

Key Features:

• 14-Pointed Sunstars
• World’s Widest Shift Lens for Full Frame Cameras
• ±11mm Shift Amount
• Ready for Medium Format
• “Zero” Distortion
• Top-Notch Image Quality
• Extremely Close Focusing Distance
• 360° Rotation
• Special Design Lens Support (Not included, sold separately.)

14-Point Sunstars

Laowa 15mm f/4.5R Zero-D Shift is made with a 14-blade aperture, producing 14-point sunstars.Compared to the previous 5-blade aperture version, the sunburst effect with fourteen rays is softer and subtler. By offering lenses with different blades, the photographers can choose the desired starburst effect in particular scenes. It is critical for architecture photography when there are often strong light sources and reflections on the windows.

Laowa-15mm-F4-5R-Shift-Sunstars

The lens aperture also has an impact on the shape of bokeh in the photographs. The new red ring version creates round bokeh on the out-of-focus backgrounds. It is smoother and hence more appealing in the night-view city scenes.

Laowa 15mm F4.5 Shift Background Blur comparison

World’s Widest Shift Lens for Full Frame Cameras

The angle of view for Laowa 15mm f/4.5R Zero-D Shift is 110° and it covers a huge image circle up to ⌀ 65mm. The ultra-wide angle perspective gives photographers great flexibility to frame the object and background. It is perfect for capturing supertall skyscrapers, magnificent architecture, and interior works.

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Laowa 15mm f/4.5R Zero-D Shift Sample Image ©Carlo Yuen

±11mm Shift

The maximum possible shift amount of the lens is ±11mm for full-frame cameras and ±8mm for medium format cameras (e.g. Fujifilm GFX / Hasselblad X1D). The shift capability allows photographers to capture straight architecture and interiors. By shifting the lens, perspective
distortion can be fixed, straightening the lines that appear to converge in the distance. It is incomparable to post-editing or photo cropping, crooked images are corrected by the lens, so a large area on the image can be preserved.

The ±11mm shift amount also allows photographers to expand the rooms for compositions by stitching multiple images. Creating an extraordinary image perspective.

Ready for Medium Format

With a huge ⌀65mm image circle, the lens not only works with the full-frame format but also covers the medium format sensors. All the shift lens from Laowa is now available for Fujifilm GFX mount.

Shift Lens available for Fujifilm G:
• Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift
• Laowa 15mm f/4.5R Zero-D Shift
• Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift

“Zero” Distortion

15mm f/4.5R 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. It is game changing for architecture and interior photography as straight and sharp edges can be captured
easily.

Top-Notch Image Quality

15mm f/4.5R Zero-D Shift has adapted the new lens coating technology. It has excellent control of chromatic aberration, flaring, and ghosting effects.

Extremely Close Focusing Distance

This lens is very versatile, with its ultra-wide angle feature and 20mm closest focusing distance, wide-angle macro-like images can be created easily.

360° Rotation

The lens is engineered with the rotation function on the barrel, allowing photographers to change the direction of the shift by pressing the silver unlock button conveniently. The lens barrel can be rotated at 360° and it clicks every 15°. It is very user-friendly for composing both landscape and portrait photographs.

Special Design Lens Support

A Lens support is specially designed to work with the 15mm f/4.5R Zero-D Shift. The rotatable ring is extremely helpful for stitching by keeping the principal axis even when orientations are changed and shifted. A must-have to achieve perfect stitching and panorama photography.

Pricing & Availability

Laowa 15mm f/4.5R Zero-D Shift is currently available to purchase from the Venus Optics website and authorized resellers. The US price for 15mm f/4.5R Zero-D Shift is $1,199 USD for all mounts. Pricing varies in different countries.

Specifications

Focal length: 15mm
Aperture range: f/4.5-22
Angle of view: 110°
Shift capability Full Frame: ± 11mm of shift
Medium Format: ± 8mm of shift
Lens structure: 17 elements in 11 groups (2 aspherical elements and 3 ED elements)
Aperture Blades: 14 blades
Maximum magnification: 0.2x
Minimum focusing distance: 20cm
Focusing Method: Manual
Dimensions (D x L): 79mm x 103mm
Weight: 597g
Available Mounts: Sony E | Canon EF & RF | Nikon F & Z | Pentax K | L mount | Fujifilm G

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