Venus Optics’ New Laowa 12mm f2.8 Claims Almost No Distortion

It just goes with the territory, the wider that you want to shoot, the more distortion and correction you have to be comfortable with – or do you? Venus Optics, maker of the Laowa branded lenses out of China has announced their new 12mm lens, a focal length that would typically feature significant distortion issues, which they boast as having almost no distortion along with an F/2.8 aperture. The Chinese-based optics company is launching the lens through a Kickstarter campaign.

“The lens incorporates with 16 elements in 10 groups optical design, including 3 pieces of Extra-Low Dispersion elements and 2pc of Aspherical Elements. This design not only delivers an outstanding image sharpness and controls the distortion to [a minimum]”


Below you can see a few of the sample images provided by Venus Optics, which look pretty good. Obviously we will have to wait and see what unaffiliated, third-party images end up like, but based solely on these samples this looks like a new killer option for landscape/architectural photographers who aren’t fans of distortion.






The new Laowa 12mm F/2.8, which by the way makes it the fastest 12mm lens on the market, will be available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, Sony Alpha and Pentax K mounts. It’s expected retail price will be $949, but you can get an even better deal on it now if you support the project through Kickstarter.

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.