Released: Venus Optics Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL lens for Leica M and L mounts

After the Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL, today Venus Optics released their second wide-angle lens for Leica M and L mounts: the Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL. Pre-orders are now open (with free international shipping) – the price of the M-mount lens is $799, the L-mount version is $699 (pre-orders at Adorama and B&H will start later). The Leica M version of the lens is available also in silver. Additional information on the new lens from Venus Optics:

Update: the first 100 orders directly from the Venus Optics website will get a 100mm magnetic filter holder for FREE(retail value: $149).

Technical specifications:

Name Laowa 11mm  f/4.5 FF RL
Focal Length 11mm
Max. Aperture f/4.5
Min. Aperture f/22
Angle of View 126°
Format Compatibility Full Frame
Lens Structure 14 elements in 10 groups
Aperture Blades 5
Min. Focusing Distance 7.4” (19cm)
Max. Magnification 0.1
Filter Solutions 62mm filter
Dimensions 63.5mm x 58mm
Weight 254g(8.9 oz.)
Mounts Leica M(black & sliver version) / Leica L / Sony FE /  Nikon Z

Additional photos of the new Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL lens:

Sample photos can be found here.

Press release:

Venus Optics announce the new Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL lens for full frame cameras – a super compact ultra-wide angle lens with 62mm filter thread (FF = Full Frame, RL = Rectilinear)

Anhui China, Aug 28, 2020 – Venus Optics, the manufacturer specialized in making unique camera lenses, introduced the Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. The small but potent lens features an ultra-wide 126° AoV with only 254g (8.9 oz.). It is designed with a 62mm filter thread where photographer can use screw-in filters with ease. It is also currently the world’s widest rectilinear lens with a front filter thread for full frame mirrorless cameras.

1) UltraWideAngleperspectivewith126°angleofview
Featuring a remarkable 126° angle of view (AoV), the new Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL offers an exaggerated and non-fisheye perspective. It is a perfect tool for landscape, travel and interior photographers.

2) Built-in62mmfilterthread
Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL is equipped with 62 mm filter thread for screw-in filters. It is a very convenient feature for landscape photographers as filters are one of their most commonly used tools. For photographers who opt to use slide-in filters, the specially designed magnetic filter holder allows them to use their 100mm-wide filters with no vignetting.

3) Highqualityimagewithminimumdistortionandchromaticaberrations
The 11mm lens is composed of 14 elements in 10 groups which deliver a remarkable image sharpness. Although it is not a Zero-D lens , the 2 aspherical elements and 3 extra-low dispersion elements suppress the distortion and chromatic aberrations to the minimum.

4) Supercompactandlightweight
The lens is designed to achieve high mobility, compactness and lightness to give photographers more flexibility in travelling. The tiny lens is only 6.3cm (2.5inch) in height & weight 254g (8.9oz). It is one of the smallest ultra wide angle lens you could find for full frame mirrorless cameras.

5) Extremelyclosefocusingdistance
Laowa11mm f/4.5 FF RL features an extremely close focusing distance of 7.4′′ / 19cm (from subject to sensor) for photographers to create macro-like shots with the ultra- wide perspective.

6) Stunning10-pointsunstars
Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL is designed with 5-bladed aperture where a clean and appealing 10-point sunstar rendering can be created.

7) LensDesign
Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL supports rangefinder coupling on Leica M. For other mounts, there is a focusing tab to improve stability when focusing and use to adjust the focus ring marking.

8) Multiplemountoptions
Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL is available in Leica M, Leica L, Sony FE and Nikon Z mounts . 2 different colours (black and silver) are offered for Leica M mount. (The silver version of M mount will be available in late September)

Pricing & Availability
The new Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL is currently available to purchase via Venus Optics official website ( and authorized resellers. The US price for 11mm f/4.5 FF RL is $799 (Leica M mount) and $699 (Sony FE, Nikon Z and L). Pricing varies in different countries.

The first 100 orders through our webstore will get a 100mm magnetic filter holder (Retail Value: $149) for FREE.

Shipping starts from mid-Sep for Leica M (Black version), L mount, Nikon Z and Sony E mount. The Leica M mount (Silver version) will be be shipped from late-Sep.

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