Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 C-Dreamer Lens Review (DPREview TV)

Laowa 12-24mm F/5.6

DPReview TV reviewed the Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 C-Dreamer lens. Sample pictures taken with the lens are here.

The 12-24mm f/5.6 zoom is an ultra-wide zoom lens designed for mirrorless cameras. With an angle of view from 84° to 121°, the lens can be very useful for multiple scenarios. It also has a fixed f/5.6 maximum aperture throughout the whole zoom range which gives the photographer much greater control over the photo. The lens is relatively lightweight in its class. It is compressed to be around 3.3″/ 84mm long and weighs about 1.09lbs/ 497g. The lens is also compatible with 77mm filters (With the lens hood) and has a 15cm close-focusing distance. Easily creating interesting shots with good background separation. Like many of the Laowa lenses, this wide-angle lens also renders stunning 10-point sunstars.

Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 Zoom Lens For RF Mount (and others) Announced

Laowa 12-24mm

A new Laowa lens has been announced: the Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 Zoom for full frame mirrorless cameras. The 12-24mm f/5.6 Zoom is currently available to purchase via Venus Optics official website and authorized resellers. It is priced at $649 for Canon RF, Sony E and Nikon Z while $699 for Leica M.

Venus Optics’ press release:

Anhui China, 7 July 2022 – Venus Optics, the camera lens manufacturer that has been endeavoringto invent high-quality lenses at an affordable price, is thrilled to release an ultra-compact Zoom Lens for Full Frame cameras -Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 Zoom. This tiny lens offers an AOV from an ultra-wide 121.9° to an easier-to-control 84° with a fixed aperture. The 5.9”/15cm closest focusing distance allows users to explore more creative shots or even macro-like photos. Laowa’s classical 5-bladed aperture design for stunning 10-point Sunstar also packed in this lens. A 77mm filter can be used directly with the adaptor ring (come along with the lens). With the competitive price of USD649 (USD699 for m mount) and the tiny size, this lens would be perfect for travel and landscape photography. Canon RF, Sony E, Nikon Z and Leica M are available for this lens.

Wide-angle zoomin a compact body With an 84° to 121.9° zoom range, the lens provides greater flexibility to photographers in framing. Users could adjust the focal length easily with a twist. The lens is relatively compact and light in its class. It is measured to be ⌀69.4x84mm(⌀2.73×3.30”) with a lightweight 497g(1.09lbs).A great option for photographers who wants to pack lightweight.

A constant f/5.6 aperture

The lens has a constant f/5.6 aperture which the aperture does not change when adjusting the focal length. Photographers would have greater control over the photos.

15cm closest focusing distance

The lens has one of the shortest close-focusing distances in the 12-24mm market. It can focus only 5.9”/15cm away from the sensor, giving photographers more room for creative shots such as macro-like shots.

Minimize distortion

Despite it’s not one of the members of the Laowa Zero-D class, the lens still demonstrates an extreme well control performance in minimizing distortion.Still extremely useful for architecture or interior shots when you want the flexibility of a zoom lens at the same time.

Stunning 10-point Sunstar

Like many other Laowawide-angle lenses, this 12-24mm is designed with a 5-bladed aperture which could render appealing 10-point Sunstar when slightly stepping down the aperture.

77mm filter thread

The 12-24mm Zoom lens is able touse a 77mm filter with the adaptor ring that comes with the lens. The ring is also able to act as a lens hood and protect your image from flaring.

“Frog-Eye” coating

The lens had coated with the water & dust repelling “Frog-Eye” Coating (FEC). It gives your lens an extra layer of protection compared to traditional coatings.

Sigma 12-24mm f/4 ART Deal – $1149 (reg. $1599, today only)

Sigma 12-24mm F/4 Art Deal DG HSM

Only for today (2/19/2020) B&H Photo has an excellent Sigma 12-24mm f/4 ART Deal.

Get the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art lens on sale at $1,149. Compare at $1,599. Free shipping.

Sigma 12-24mm f/4 ART Deal key features:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Five FLD Elements, One SLD Element
  • Three Aspherical Elements

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Canon Patent For 20mm f/1.4 and 12-24mm f/4.3-5.6 Lenses For EF Mount

Canon Patent

Hi Lows Note spotted a Canon patent application (2019-128526, Japan) describing optical formulas for a 20mm f/1.4 and a 12-24mm f/4.3-5.6 lens, both for the Canon EF mount.

20mm f/1.4 lens:

  • Focal length: 20.50 mm
  • FNo.: 1.44
  • ω: 46.54
  • Image height: 21.64 mm
  • Lens length: 134.70 mm
  • Back focus: 36.81 mm

12-24mm f/4.3-5.6 lens:

  • Focal length: 12.40 – 18.00 – 23.64 mm
  • FNo.: 4.35 – 4.96 – 5.60
  • ω: 60.18 – 50.25 – 42.47
  • Image height: 21.64 mm
  • Lens length: 142.18 – 132.82 – 131.14 mm
  • Back focus: 36.14 – 44.23 – 52.29 mm

More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:

Deal: Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens – $899 (reg. $1299, today only)

Sigma 14-24mm

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • 3 FLD, 3 SLD, and 3 Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Weather-Sealed Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 10.2″

Only for today (10/25/18) B&H Photo has the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens on sale at $899. Compare at $1,299. Free shipping.

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 ART lens on display at WPPI 2018

Sigma 14-24mm F/2.8

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 ART at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • 3 FLD, 3 SLD, and 3 Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Weather-Sealed Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 10.2″

Sigma is going to showcase their latest, exciting lens, the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 ART, at WPPI 2018. My guess is, this will be another best seller lens by Sigma. The Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 ART is not available for pre-order yet, but you can get notified when it is at B&H Photo.

Sigma press release:

Sigma Debuts the 14-24mm F/2.8 Art Lens at WPPI 2018
Attendees are invited to the Sigma booth to test out the newly announced wide aperture zoom, join in on conversations with Sigma Pros and win prizes

Las Vegas, NV – February 14, 2018 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, will showcase the latest addition to its robust line of Sigma Global Vision and Cine lenses – the 14-24mm F/2.8 DG HSM Art lens – at the 2018 WPPI Expo held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV from February 26-28. The 14-24mm DG HSM Art is the perfect lens to help wedding and event photographers capture grandiose scenes with crystal clear wide-angle shots. Not only will attendees have the opportunity to test-drive Sigma’s full line of SGV lenses at booth 810, but also interact with seasoned Sigma Pros. Furthermore, attendees can enter for a chance to win a 24-70mm F2.8 Art lens and a host of other photography accessories and special prizes!

Highlighted – Full Line of Gear on Display at the Sigma Booth at WPPI 2018:

Brand New Wide Aperture Zoom: Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art
The newest arrival on the Sigma Global Vision scene, the 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art lens is designed for 50-megapixel plus cameras and achieves the legendary Art lens optical quality with three FLD glass elements, three SLD glass elements, and three aspherical lens elements, including one 80mm ultra high precision molded glass aspherical element. With near zero distortion (less than 1%) and minimal transverse chromatic aberration, flare and ghosting, the new Sigma 14-24mm offers constant F2.8 brightness throughout the zoom range and delivers optimal image quality at every focal length and shooting distance. The high-speed, high-accuracy autofocus allows photographers to capture incredible, in-the-moment images. Additionally, the 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art incorporates the Sports line level dust- and splash proof design, allowing for the lens to be used during varying weather conditions.

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