Laowa introduces the 20mm f/4 Zero-D shift lens for Canon RF and EF

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Laowa has released the Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift lens for both the Canon EF and the Canon RF mount.  This lens has no electronic connections but for a shift lens that is pretty common.

The lens is currently available from Laowa’s website, and it will most likely end up on Adorama and other retailers soon.

When you purchase from Laowa, you are actually purchasing essentially a medium format lens, then choosing your shift mechanism, and then the mount type.  For the RF version, that comes to $1349 – certainly a bargain when it comes to ultra wide shifting lenses.  Keep in mind this lens does not tilt, only shift – but for architecture, that’s usually exactly what you need to do.

From Laowa;

Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift is an ultra-wide-angle shift lens that you cannot resist. On top of the high image sharpness and nearly no distortion (Zero-D), the lens also comes with a rotatable lens hood for avoiding flares and protecting the front lens element.

The amount of shift is ±11mm for full-frame cameras and ±8mm for medium format cameras, making it super easy to capture architectural and interior photography in a corrected perspective. Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift expands Laowa’s Shift Lens line-up giving you an addition option for distinct needs.

NameLaowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift
Focal length20mm
Aperture Rangef/4 – 22
Coverage of image circleØ 65mm
Angle of view94.4°
Lens structure16 elements in 11 groups
(2 aspherical elements and 3 ED elements)
Filter size82mm
Aperture blades14 blades
Maximum magnification0.17x
Min. Focusing Distance25cm
In-focus driving modeManual (MF)
DimensionsAbout Ø 95mm * 91mm
WeightAbout 747g
MountCanon EF & RF / Nikon F & Z / Sony E /
Pentax K / L mount / Fujifilm G

Keith Cooper from NorthLight Images is first up with an excellent review of the Laowa shift lens.

If you didn’t already know, Keith is the master of all things tilt and shift, and if you haven’t already you should take a good watch of Keith’s webinar on Canon tilt-shift lenses.  Also, don’t forget to subscribe to Keith’s channel while you are at it.

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