Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 Zoom Lens for Sony FE
The compact Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 Zoom Lens for Sony FE is an ultra wide angle full-frame lens with a constant aperture, close minimum focusing distance and great results for a variety of subjects.
- Compact and lightweight ultra wide angle zoom lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras which accepts filters
- High quality results from a portable lens, which features a constant fixed aperture for control over depth of field
- Ideal zoom for a number of subjects from landscape photography and cityscapes, to interiors and travel
- Close 15cm minimum focusing distance allows you to capture exaggerated perspectives and large foreground elements
- Capture beautiful 10-point sunstars from bright light sources, adding another creative element to your shots
Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 Zoom Lens for Sony FE Summary
With an ultra wide 84° to 121.9° angle of view, the Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 Zoom Lens for Sony FE delivers excellent results for a variety of subjects from interiors and architecture to landscapes and travel. The compact zoom lens is designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras and features a constant f/5.6 aperture for control over depth of field. A close 15cm minimum focusing distance lets you compose dynamic shots with exaggerated perspectives and large foreground elements for interest.
Despite packing a number of advanced features and high quality optical design, the Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 Zoom Lens for Sony cameras measures just 84mm long and weighs a hair under 500g. You can also thread lens filters using the convenient 77mm filter thread, even with the hood attached. When shooting into light sources you can achieve sharp 10-point sunstars creating dramatic lighting effects and the front element is coated with Laowa’s protective Frog eye coat.
- Ultra wide 12mm to 24mm zoom range with 84° to 121.9° angle of view
- Designed for full-frame Sony mirrorless cameras
- Constant aperture throughout the range
- Close 15cm minimum focusing distance from sensor plane
- Compact ⌀69.4 x 84mm and lightweight 497g design
- 77mm filter thread with the lens hood
- 10-point sunstars
- Protective Frog eye front element coating
Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 Zoom Lens for Sony FE in More Detail
Ultra wide angle zoom range
With a 12-24mm zoom range, this versatile Laowa lens is ideal for landscape photography and travel, allowing photographers to frame epic compositions and capture the grand scene with ease. Whether shooting tight interior spaces or a vast view, you can now compose shots with flexibility and portability from this compact Sony E mount lens.
Constant fixed aperture
Despite its small physical size, the Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 Lens offers a constant fixed f/5.6 aperture throughout the zoom range. This provides good control over depth of field when changing focal lengths. When combined with the extremely close 15cm minimum focusing distance, It can create some really interesting shots with shallow DoF and large foreground subjects.
Compact and lightweight design for portability
The Laowa zoom is compact, measuring ⌀69.4 x 84mm and weighs 497g. This allows you to bring a versatile ultra wide option for landscapes, travel and when capturing cityscape shots, without carting too much extra weight around. This is also beneficial when handholding the lens, although many photographers will no doubt shoot with a tripod where possible.
The compact nature of this zoom also provides a convenient 77mm filter thread, which allows you to add polariser filters as well as square filter systems from LEE or Cokin filters. These are often considered essential when capturing landscapes, seascapes and similar subjects where you need to control light and reflections.
With a 5-bladed aperture design, which is found in many Laowa lenses, this 12-24mm f/5.6 Zoom Lens for Sony captures beautiful 10-point sunstars from any bright light source.
Laowa Frog Eye Coating (FEC)
A water and dust repelling Frog Eye coat on the front element adds a layer of protection from the elements and helps to keep your shots clean.
High quality optical design
Laowa’s optical design renders good sharpness and detail across the frame and throughout the zoom range. The overall design includes 15 elements in 11 groups, with 2 aspherical elements and 3 ED elements, which deliver great results in a compact, manual zoom.
©Alberto Ghizzi Panizza
©Alberto Ghizzi Panizza
|Angle of view||84° – 121.9°|
|Format Capability||Full Frame|
|Lens structure||15 elements in 11 groups|
|Min Focus distance||0.15m|
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When you’re hiking to capture landscapes, travelling or exploring city streets this 12-24mm f/5.6 Zoom lens for Sony FE from Laowa comes into its own. It is compact and lightweight despite offering an ultra wide angle zoom range and brings a number of useful features for photographers who shoot wide angle subjects. These include a fixed constant aperture for depth of field control, as well as an extremely close minimum focus distance of just 15cm from the sensor. This allows for dynamic compositions with large foreground elements and exaggerated perspectives.
A quality optical design includes a number of special lens elements which reduce aberrations and artefacts while rendering good levels of detail, with sharpness visible across the frame. A 5-bladed aperture design renders striking 10-point sunstars, furthering the ability to push your creativity with this lens.
Laowa included their Frog Eye coating to combat dirt and moisture from the front element and the ultra wide zoom benefits from the ability to screw-in 77mm filters and filter systems, which is extremely beneficial in particular situations. If you enjoy shooting deliberately with a manual lens and want to push your wide angle creative shots to the limit, this is a strong third party option for Sony creators.
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