The Laowa 11 mm f/4.5 FF RL is a compact wide-angle (rectalinear) lens designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras with the Leica M bayonet. Stunning optics, superbly corrected distortion and chromatic aberration make this lens ideal for landscape and interior photographers.
Main features of the Laowa 11 mm f/4.5 FF RL lens
- extremely wide angle of view of 126°
- high image quality with minimized distortion and chromatic aberration
- incredibly light (254 g) and compact (6.35 x 5.8 cm)
- minimum focusing distance of 1.5 x 1.5 cm
- minimum focusing distance of 19 cm (rangefinder support for Leica M from 70 cm)
- thread for photographic filters with a diameter of 62 mm
- brilliant 10-point stars
Exceptionally wide angle of view
An extraordinary 126° angle of view allows you to capture a huge area in a photo. Breathtaking cityscapes and beautiful landscapes are waiting for you.
Uncompromised image quality
The heart of the lens consists of 14 optical elements, arranged in 10 groups. Two aspherical lenses and two extra-low dispersion glasses reduce chromatic aberration and distortion to a minimum. The image generated by the lens is full of detail, color and contrast.
Extremely close encounter
The lens features an extremely short focusing distance of 19 cm (measured from the subject to the camera sensor). This creates unconventional opportunities in macro photography when creating multi-plane frames with a unique perspective.
When you close the 5-blade aperture, you get the effect of aesthetically pleasing and well-defined 10-point “stars”. They appear in the photo in place of the sun or other light sources, such as street lamps, car headlights or Christmas tree lights.
Small and lightweight lens
The Laowa 11mm f/4.5 was designed with landscape photographers and travelers in mind. Its design doesn’t limit mobility, and is extremely sturdy yet lightweight and small. This compact lens measures less than 6.4 cm and weighs only 254 g.
Surgical precision and attention to detail
Manual focusing with this lens is a pleasure. The ring works impeccably and with a perceptible resistance. The lens is marked with a distance scale expressed in meters and feet. When you reach a distance of 0.7 m, you feel a click that reminds you of the minimum distance for correct focusing using the rangefinder for Leica M systems.
The aperture is set using a separate ring. A distinct click is felt at the full value, but nothing prevents you from smoothly adjusting this parameter to intermediate values.
Two ways to use filters
Despite the ultra-wide focal length, the lens has a traditional thread for circular filters with a width of 62 mm. This is a very practical and convenient solution.
The second way to mount rectangular filters with a width of 100 mm is a special magnetic holder.
MAGNETIC FILTER HOLDER IS NOT PART OF THE SET
Highest quality and reliability
When you buy a Venus Optics brand lens, you get an innovative product that will serve you faithfully and without fail for many years. Laowa is a guarantee of the highest quality workmanship and timeless design.
- model: Venus Optics Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL
- Mount: Leica M
- focal length: 11 mm
- angle of view: 126°
- minimum aperture: f/4.5
- maximum aperture: f/4.5
- maximum aperture: f/22
- number of aperture blades: 5
- image coverage: full frame (35mm)
- optical design: 5
- optical design: 5
- optical construction: 14 elements in 10 groups
- minimum focusing distance: 19 cm
- resolution scale: 0.1x
- focusing: manual
- filter diameter: 62 mm
- weight: 254 g
- colour: silver
- Venus Optics Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL lens for Leica M – silver
- decal for the front of the lens
- decal for the back of the lens