Site Title

Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL Lens

MSRP 699 USDNEX score 70%

Product Overview

Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL is an ultra-wide angle prime lens for full-frame cameras. Like the 9mm f/5.6 and 14mm f/4 unveiled around the same time, this lens prioritizes weight and size, making it one of the most portable rectilinear full-frame ultra-wide lenses.
The 11mm f/4.5 FF RL offers a dramatic 126 degrees of angle of view, significantly wider than that at 16mm, which many with wide-angle zooms have access to.
Like the aforementioned stablemates, this 11mm lens uses a 5-bladed aperture that produces gorgeous sun stars. Another advantage of this lens is that ability to take screw-on filters, which is uncommon at this focal length for full frame.
The Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL is available for all major camera mounts, including the Leica M-mount (which has a $100 premium).

Product Gallery

Photo 0of Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL LensPhoto 1of Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL LensPhoto 2of Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL LensPhoto 3of Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL LensPhoto 4of Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL Lens

<

>

X

Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Relatively wide aperture
  • Relatively compact
  • Very good optics
  • No distortion
Cons
  • Non-removable hood makes attaching a screw-in filter hard

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 70% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Very good optical performance
  • Compact and compact
  • Very compact and light (could easily be used on a gimbal)
  • Record breaking focal length
Cons
  • No fluorine coating
  • Lateral CA and coma
  • Distorsion / CA / Vignetting / Flare / Background Blur / Bokeh Balls / Color rendition
Read More

Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
M-mount
Others

Construction

Aperture Blades
5 aperture blades
OthersColors
Black
M-mountColors
Black or Silver
Form Factor
Manual focus ultra-wide-angle prime lens
Image Size
Full-frame
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount, Nikon Z-mount, Leica L-mount, Leica M-mount, Canon RF-mount
Optical Formula | Elements
14 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
10 groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
62 mm
Size | Diameter
63.5 mm
Size | Length
58 mm
Weight
254 g

Function

Angle Of View
126°
Aperture
F/4.5 ~ f/22
Focal Length
11 mm

Performance

Max Magnification
1:10
Min Focus Distance
19 cm

Production

Debut
2020-08
Made In
China

Related Products

Thumbnail of product Laowa 15mm f/4 1:1 Macro Full-Frame Lens (2015)

Laowa 15mm f/4 1:1 Macro Full-Frame Lens (2015)

Venus Laowa 15mm F4 1:1 Macro is a manual-focus ultra wide-angle macro lens for Canon EF-mount, Leica L-mount, Nikon F-mount, Pentax K-mount, Sony A-mount, and Sony E-mount. It is one of the widest macro lens that covers the full-frame image circle. In...
Neoscore 50%
Thumbnail of product Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Full-Frame Lens (2016)

Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Full-Frame Lens (2016)

Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D is a manual-focus ultra wide-angle prime lens for Canon EF-mount, Canon RF-mount, Leica L-mount, Nikon F-mount, Nikon Z-mount, Pentax K-mount, Sony A-mount, and Sony E-mount. It is one of the widest rectilinear prime lens that co...
Neoscore 50%NEX score 74%
Thumbnail of product Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D Full-Frame Lens (2016)

Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D Full-Frame Lens (2016)

Laowa 15mm F2 Zero-D is a manual-focus ultra wide-angle prime lens for Canon RF-mount, Leica L-mount, Nikon Z-mount, and Sony E-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Laowa in 2016, it has 12 elements in 9 groups. Manual focus may ...
Neoscore 68%NEX score 70%
Thumbnail of product Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom Full-Frame Lens (2018)

Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom Full-Frame Lens (2018)

Laowa 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 Zoom is a unique manual-focus ultra wide-angle prime lens for Leica L-mount, Nikon Z-mount, and Sony E-mount. It is the widest rectilinear zoom lens that covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Laowa in 2018, it has 14 ...
Neoscore 40%NEX score 63%
Thumbnail of product Laowa 14mm f/4 Zero-D DSLR Full-Frame Lens

Laowa 14mm f/4 Zero-D DSLR Full-Frame Lens

Laowa 14mm f/4 Zero-D DSLR is a manual-focus full-frame ultra-wide-angle prime lens designed specifically for DSLRs. While its headline features appear similar to that of the 14mm f/4 FF RL Zero-D from 2020, the DSLR version is indeed markedly differen...
Thumbnail of product Laowa 14mm f/4 FF RL Zero-D Lens (2020)

Laowa 14mm f/4 FF RL Zero-D Lens (2020)

Laowa 14mm f/4 FF RL Zero-D is an ultra-compact ultra-wide angle prime lens. Unlike the 12mm f/2.8 and 15mm f/2 in the Zero-D series, the 14mm f/4 FF RL prioritizes portability, weighing in at just over 200 grams—making it one of the lightest full-fram...
Neoscore 59%NEX score 55%
Thumbnail of product Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D APS-C Lens (2018)

Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D APS-C Lens (2018)

Laowa 9mm F2.8 Zero-D is a manual-focus ultra wide-angle prime lens for Canon EF-M-mount, Fujifilm X-mount, Leica L-mount, and Sony E-mount. It covers the APS-C image circle. Introduced by Laowa in 2018, it has 15 elements in 10 groups. Manual focus ma...
Neoscore 50%
Thumbnail of product Laowa 17mm F4 Zero-D GFX Medium Format Lens (2018)

Laowa 17mm F4 Zero-D GFX Medium Format Lens (2018)

Laowa 17mm f/4 Zero-D is the widest native lens for Fuji's G-mount medium format cameras, on which it delivers a full-frame equivalent of 13mm focal length. As its name suggests, this lens is part of Laowa's Zero-D lineup, which boasts low dist...
Neoscore 40%
Thumbnail of product Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D MFT Lens (2020)

Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D MFT Lens (2020)

Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D is an ultra-compact ultra-wide angle prime lens. It is currently the only Zero-D series lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras and, at just over 120 grams, the lightest. With MFT, the 10mm f/2 Zero-D produces a 20mm full-frame-equival...
Neoscore 68%
Thumbnail of product Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT Lens (2016)

Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT Lens (2016)

Laowa 7.5mm F2 MFT is a manual-focus ultra wide-angle prime lens for Micro Four Thirds-mount. It covers the MFT image circle. Introduced by Laowa in 2016, it has 13 elements in 9 groups. Manual focus may be limiting to some, but purists will find it mu...
Neoscore 59%
Thumbnail of product Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro Full-Frame Lens (2018)

Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro Full-Frame Lens (2018)

Laowa 25mm F2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro is a manual-focus wide-angle macro lens for Canon EF-mount, Canon RF-mount, Leica L-mount, Nikon F-mount, Nikon Z-mount, Pentax K-mount, and Sony E-mount. It offers one of the highest reproduction ratio for full-frame...
Neoscore 31%NEX score 83%
Thumbnail of product Laowa Argus 35mm f/0.95 FF Full-Frame Lens (2021)

Laowa Argus 35mm f/0.95 FF Full-Frame Lens (2021)

Laowa Argus 35mm F0.95 FF is a large-aperture manual-focus wide-angle prime lens for Canon RF-mount, Nikon Z-mount, and Sony E-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Laowa in 2021, it has 14 elements in 9 groups and is part of Laow...
Neoscore 68%

3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

phillipreeve[1]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from phillipreeve have found the following***:
The Laowa 11mm 4.5 shows some wavy distortion that is easily noticeable with straight lines running through the frame. Laowa does provide a correction profile but towards the corners it isn't doing a great job. The Laowa 9mm 5.6 offers a record breaking focal length and on top of that the optical performance pleasantly surprised us.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Record breaking focal length
  • Compact and compact
  • Very good optical performance
Cons
  • Lateral CA and coma
  • No fluorine coating

sonyalpha[2]

Sentiment Score 64%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
The Laowa 11mm F4.5 (699$/859 euros) is good ultra wide lens. Thanks to its relatively slow aperture it remains compact and light. It offers very good shaprness in the centre but sharpness progressively decrease as you go to the borders and is a bit disappointing in the corners even with aperture closed down. Distorsion is small but vignetting is very important. The lens is quite sensitive to flare. Standard (thin) 62mm filter can be used.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very low distorsion, images are tack sharp in the centre, but corners are always a bit soft Below cars images courtesy of Other samples images by me
  • Very compact and light (could easily be used on a gimbal)
Cons
  • Distorsion / CA / Vignetting / Flare / Background Blur / Bokeh Balls / Color rendition

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Review: Laowa 11mm 4.5 FF-RL. [phillipreeve]. https://phillipreeve.net/blog/review-laowa-11mm-4-5-ff-rl/. 2020-08-28. Retrieved 2021-05-25.
2. ^ Laowa 11mm F4.5 C-Dreamer. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2021/04/01/laowa-11mm-f4-5-c-dreamer/. 2021-04-01. Retrieved 2021-06-06.

Neofiliac places the utmost respect for your privacy. We use no cookie whatsoever beyond that needed for the proper functioning of the website.

The MSRP provided on this page may not apply to all regions equally. For the current price, please refer to the Price Comparison section.

*This page contains affiliate links to third-party merchants such as Amazon, eBay, and Rakuten. When you make a purchase using the supplied links, we will receive a commission.

***These key takeaways ("pros" and "cons") and summaries are identified from third-party review by our AI using advanced language models.

Comments

Please login before adding comments. Now supporting Sign in with Google and LinkedIn!