Laowa has announced its 12-24mm f/5.6 full-frame zoom which is being touted as an affordable, entry-level, manual focus lens. The lens is available in Canon RF, Sony E, Nikon Z, and Leica M mounts.
The Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 zoom is a compact and small-sized lens that has an ultra-wide 121.9° to 84° field of view when used on full-frame sensors.
The lens has a physical size of ⌀69.4x84mm / ⌀2.73×3.30″ and it weighs 497g / 1.09lbs.
The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 15cm / 5.9″ which allows it to be used for capturing almost macro-like wide-angle perspectives.
The 12-24mm f/5.6 features a 5-bladed aperture and you can use 77mm filters with the included adaptor ring that comes with the lens. The ring can also be used as a de-facto lens hood to help protect your image from flaring.
The lens is claimed to exhibit extremely well-controlled performance with minimized distortion. The lens also features water and dust repelling Frog-Eye Coating (FEC) which adds an extra layer of protection compared to traditional coatings.
Price & Availability
The Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 full frame zoom retails for $649 USD if you get it in Canon RF, Sony E, or Nikon Z mounts, and $699 USD for the Leica M mount.