Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 full frame zoom

Laowa has announced its 12-24mm f/5.6 full-frame zoom which is 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 lens is a compact, small-sized lens that has an ultra-wide field of view of 121.9° at 84° when used on full-frame sensors.

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The lens has a physical size of ⌀69.4x84mm / ⌀2.73×3.30″ and it weighs 497g / 1.09lbs.

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The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 15cm/5.9″, which allows it to be used to capture wide-angle, almost macro perspectives.

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The 12-24mm f/5.6 has a 5-blade aperture and you can use 77mm filters with the adapter ring that comes with the lens. The ring can also be used as a de facto sun shade to help shield your image from glare.

As the lens belongs to Laowa’s Zero-D family, it is claimed that it still exhibits extremely well-controlled performance with minimized distortion. The lens also features a water and dust repellent Frog-Eye Coating (FEC) which adds an extra layer of protection over traditional coatings.

Price and availability

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The Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 full-frame zoom sells for $649 if you get it in the Canon RF, Sony E, or Nikon Z mount, and $699 for the Leica M mount.

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Full frame 12-24mm f/5.6 84° – 121.9°
5 15cm 0.4 Manual (MF) ø77mm
Approx. 497g (without hood and front/back caps) Leica M / Sony E / Nikon Z / Canon RF
Lens structure
15 elements in 11 groups
(2 aspherical lenses, 3 ED lenses)
About ø69.4mm84mm (M) ø69.4mm91.6mm (R) ø69.4mm93.6mm (E) ø69.4mm95.6mm (Z)
The 12-24mm f/5.6 zoom lens is currently available for purchase through the official Venus Optics website ( and authorized resellers. It is priced at 649 USD for Canon RF, Sony E and Nikon Z while 699 USD for Leica M. Pricing varies by country.
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