Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens reviewed by Photozone

Venus Optics Laowa 12mm F/2.8 Zero-D Lens Reviewed By Photozone

Laowa 12mm f/2.8 specifications:

  • Image circle: 24×36
  • Field of view: 121.96°
  • Optical formula: 16 elements, including 2 aspherical elements and 3 elements made of glass with anomalous dispersion, in 10 groups
  • Number of aperture blades : 7
  • Aperture range: f/2.8 – f/22
  • Manual focus
  • Minimum focusing distance: 0.18m
  • Maximum magnification: 0.2x
  • Maximum diameter: 74.8mm
  • Length: 82.2mm
  • Weight: circa 570g.

Venus Optics will soon announce a new lens, the Laowa 12mm f/2.8. The announcement is expected for July 30, 2016. Lens reviewing site Photozone appears to already have a copy of the lens. “Zero-D” stays for “zero distortion”.

From the conclusion:

[…] the lab-based results are quite promising. Given the extreme nature of the lens we can’t expect a uniform performance across the image field. The center performance is nothing short of outstanding straight from f/2.8 whereas the outer image region is soft at this setting. The corners/borders improve the more you stop down and they reach good to very good levels at medium apertures with a peak at f/8. Please keep in mind that the mighty Canon EF 11-14mm f/4 USM L struggled somewhat more on the EOS 5Ds R. Lateral CAs are impressively low for such a lens. Laowa claims zero image distortions (thus the “Zero-D” in the name). Well, it comes close at least. We measured a barrel distortion of just 1.1% (at a close focus distance to be fair here) which is substantially less than what we’ve seen from the competition.

[via Photozone]

Tamron patent for 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 DiII VC USD lens

Tamron 10-24mm

Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 DI II VC USD

Another rather interesting Tamron patent. This time we have a Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 DI II VC USD ultra wide-angle lens for APS-C DSLRs. The patent appears to point to the replacement for the Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 DI II lens, which doesn’t feature image stabilisation.

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-126280
    • Published 2016.7.11
    • Filing date 2015.1.8
  • Example 1
    • f 10.303 15.199 23.483
    • FNO = 3.6 -. 4.1 – 4.6
    • 2ω = 111.70 – 86.59 – 62.07
  • Tamron patent
    • Negative positive and negative positive
    • Anti-vibration (third group)
    • Inner focus (rear group of the first group)
Tamron 10-24mm

Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 DI II lens

[via Egami]


Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L Mark III product page online


UPDATE: the page has been removed.

It seems DigitalRev wants to be first when the pre-order game for new gear will start. After the EOS 5D Mark IV and EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS Mark II product pages, also the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L Mark III product page went online. As with the other two, there are no specs nor pictures.

All this gear will soon be announced, most likely August 25/26, 2016. Click here to see all EF 16-35mm f/2.8L Mark III rumors.

EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM replacement coming soon

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Canon Celebrates Its Home Run Relationship with NCMEC, New York Yankees at 13th Annual Promo Night

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Canon press release:

Canon presents check to NCMEC for funds raised to help protect and save missing children.

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 27, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, recently joined with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the New York Yankees for the 13th annual Canon Promotional Night at Yankee Stadium to help raise awareness about the importance of child safety. In recognition of Canon Promotional Night, the first 18,000 fans that entered the stadium received a Canon and Yankees co-branded baseball cap.

As part of the evening’s festivities, Toyo Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. presented a check in the amount of $466,392 to John Walsh, co-founder of NCMEC, representing the total amount of money raised and donated, as well as the approximate retail value of products donated by Canon U.S.A. to NCMEC in 2016. Joining them for the check presentation was New York Yankees pitcher Chasen Shreve.

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