Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens
Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens
Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens
Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens
Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens
Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens
Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens
Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens
Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens
Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens
Laowa

Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens

Regular price R 13,999.00

World’s Widest f/2.8 Lens 

Featuring the widest field of view for a rectilinear f/2.8 lens, the Laowa 12mm is the ideal lens for a variety of genres. From landscape, architecture, interior, travel and most importantly, astro-photography, this lens offers photographers the ability to capture images that no other lens can.

Class Leading distortion performance

This lens features class-leading distortion performance, which has made Laowa lenses the workhorse of architectural photographers around the world.

The only full frame lens wider than 15mm compatible with a 100mm filter system

The Laowa 12mm is incredibly light and small compared to other lenses of the same focal length and in this lies one of it's most appealing features - it is the only full frame lens wider than 15mm that is compatible with a 100mm square filter system. All other lenses wider than 15mm require the use of 150mm filter systems, which are large, cumbersome and very expensive. 
 
The use of filters is made possible by a bayonet-mount adapter for NISI's V5 Pro system and features their rear-mounted polarizer, allowing the use of a polarizer and any two square filters. This filter holder can be purchased individually here or at better price if bundled with the Laowa 12mm here
 
Excellent Sharpness Across the Frame
 
The center-frame sharpness of this lens is on par with very best the best from wide-open, peaking at f/5.6 - f/8, with diffraction becoming noticeable at f/16. Corner sharpness is slightly soft wide-open as can be expected with such a wide lens, but quickly improves from f/4.0 - f/5.6, with near-perfect corners from f/8 onwards. MTF charts can be found in the reviews linked below. 
 
Cutting-Edge Nano Coating
 
A water and dust repelling ‘Frog Eye Coating’ is added at the front element of the lens. Most reviews of this lens rave about how amazing this coating is - water beads perfectly and simply rolls off the front element, making it easy to clean if shooting rain or seaspray. 
 
Built to Last
 
Despite their compact size and price, Laowa lenses are assembled from the very best materials and are well-known for their fantastic build-quality and solid feel. 
 

In-Depth Objective Reviews

    Full size sample images can be found in Laowa’s Flickr gallery here.
     
    Time-lapse footage
    Shot in Alaska with the LAOWA 12mm f/2.8 ZERO-D Lens (Click 1080p for the best experience)
     

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    Delivery options and what they cost

    We pride ourselves on FREE lightning fast shipping. Apart from large f-stop gear orders, most of our items ship overnight and the daily cutoff is 14:00. You can read more on the deliveries page or get in touch for a confirmed delivery date and time. 

    Can I collect my parcel? 

    Yes, you can collect your order from our office in Bosman's Crossing, Stellenbosch (09:00 - 17:00). Just choose the collection option at checkout- we'll follow up with the specifics. Please note that we are very strict about payment if collecting. We will not release any goods if we are not 100% comfortable about payment. We accept the following as payment confirmation in order to release the goods. Please call or message Rudolph on 061 468 1931 if you have any questions.

    • Payfast Card Payment (any customers, new or returning)
    • EFT from FNB to FNB, pending fund clearance (any customers, new or returning)
    • Normal EFT from other banks to FNB (return customers only)
    • Instant EFT from other banks to FNB, pending fund clearance (Any customers, new or returning) 
    • Cash (any customers, new or returning)

    What payment options are available?  

    • EFT
    • EFT via Payfast
    • Credit card: VISA & Mastercard

    What is your policy on returns and or exchanges?

    We are more than happy to exchange any product for something else or a full refund* if you feel that the item you chose isn’t quite right for you. See our Return Policy page for more. 

    *If paying with any card, 4.5% of the transaction value goes to the credit card payment facilitation company. "Full Refund" means that we will return the full amount we received after the credit card service fees. If you are at all unsure that what you're buying is ideal for you, rather opt for EFT payment to be safe. 

    Where is my order? How can I track my order?

    You will receive an email with your tracking number once your order has been collected by our couriers. You can also find tracking number for your orders under "My account" 

    You can shop NiSi Filters at the following retailers. 

    Orms Bellville
    Victorian Towers, 2 Palm St, Bellville, Cape Town

    Fritz, 021 910 1380

    Kameraz
    Rosebank Mall, 50 Bath Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

    Martin Wright, 011 880 2885

    Photoquip
    28 Pearce St, Berea, East London

    Damien, 083 574 9134

    Katz
    66 17th Ave, Broadwood, Port Elizabeth
    Lascel, 041 367 4401

    Lime Photo
    Kloof, Durban
    Emil, 084 484 9959

    Photo Freedom
    Ballito, Durban
    Graham, 032 586 1212

    DPC
    Pretoria
    Danie, 072 608 3345

    Choosing Laowa

    Understanding the Laowa product range

    1. Firstly, they make a variety of macro lenses, primarily for the 35mm market - Canon, Nikon and Sony. 

    2. Secondly, they make what is essentially only one wide angle lens, but for all formats from Micro ¾, Fuji X, 35mm, Fuji GFX and even PL mounts. Once you consolidate these different versions of the Zero-D ultra-wide, the product range is quite simple. 

    3. Thirdly, they are now (2019) expanding the product range beyond the Zero-D and macro lenses with a dedicated cine zoom and a range of fast, wide MFT lenses for the pro-drone market. The also released their first wide angle zoom lens recently, suggesting that they will be releasing zoom lenses for all mounts. 

    Ultra Wide Zero-D Lens

    The middle lens (12mm) is the brand’s genesis. It offers a super wide view, impeccable sharpness and class-leading distortion performance in a compact and rock-solid build at a price far below the electronic competition. 

    Building on the success of the 12mm, they released versions for almost every mount on the market, which is what you see to the left and right of the 12mm, so essentially these are all the same lens, for different users. Note that the 15mm f/4 is absent - it is something totally different, which is why it is confusing to approach the Laowa product range from a focal length perspective. 

    Macro Madness

    Laowa seem to have become better known for their macro lenses as this is an area that the mainstream manufacturers have neglected and Laowa have seized the gap with resounding success. As these lenses are all different, we will elaborate more on each with a dedicated content section. Instead of going chronologically, we’ll sort them by weirdness. Image © XiaoKaiHuo

    Choosing Laowa

    24mm f/14 2x Probe Lens

    Laowa 24mm f/14 2x Macro Probe Lens

    Choosing Laowa

    15mm f/4 1x Macro Lens with Shift

    Laowa 15mm f/4 1:1 Wide Angle Macro Lens

    Choosing laowa

    25mm f/2.8 x 2.5 - x5.0

    Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro Lens

    Choosing Laowa

    60mm + 100mm f/2.8 2x Macro

    Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro Lens

    15mm f/4 Wide Angle Macro

    A Drakensberg Crag Lizard by Luke Verburgt. Available for Canon, Nikon and Sony. 

    Choosing Laowa

    10-18mm f/4 - f/5.6 for Sony FE

    Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens SONY FE

    10-18mm f/4 - f/5.6 for Sony FE

    West Coast Jetty by Basil Parker.

    Taking on the big guns

    25-100mm OOOM T/2.6 Cine Zoom

    Tiny Wides

    4mm f/2.8 + 17mm f/1.8 MFT