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Product Overview

Laowa 20mm F4 Zero-D Shift is a manual-focus ultra wide-angle prime lens for Canon EF-mount, Canon RF-mount, Fujifilm G-mount, Leica L-mount, Nikon F-mount, Nikon Z-mount, Pentax K-mount, and Sony E-mount. It covers the medium format (44x33) image circle. Introduced by Laowa in 2022, it has 16 elements in 11 groups.
Manual focus may be limiting to some, but purists will find it much more engaging. There are also fewer things to go wrong on the long run.
As an ultra wide-angle prime lens that happens to have relatively small maximum aperture, it is best suited for landscape photography. Even though the lens is not stabilized, at this focal range it does not usually matter. In fact, some may be able to get cleaner corners without image stabilization. Those who like sunstars (sun bursts) will be pleased by the lens' even-numbered aperture count, though conversely those who find sunstars distracting may have the opposite feeling.
Importantly, this Zero-D Shift is a shift lens (unlike tilt-shift lenses, it cannot tilt), which is ideal for architectural photography.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neo score 75% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Comes with physical aperture ring
  • Shift functionality
  • 14-bladed aperture
Cons
  • Large diameter

Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
14 blades
Form Factor
Ultra Wide-Angle Prime Lens
Image Size
Medium Format (44x33)
Lens Barrel
Physical aperture ring, Distance scale, DoF scale
Lens Mount
Canon EF-mount, Canon RF-mount, Fujifilm G-mount, Leica L-mount, Nikon F-mount, Nikon Z-mount, Pentax K-mount, Sony E-mount
Optical Formula | Elements
16 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
11 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
2 aspherical elements, 3 ED elements groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
82 mm / 3.23 in
Size | Diameter
95 mm / 3.74 in
Size | Length
91 mm / 3.58 in
Weight
747 g / 26.40 oz

Function

Angle Of View
107.8° Diagonal | 97.4° Horizontal | 74.4° Vertical
Aperture
f/4 ~ f/22
Autofocus
No
Crop Factor
0.8
Focal Length
20 mm
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)
15.8 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No

Performance

Max Magnification
0.17x
Min Focus Distance
250 mm / 9.84 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2022-03-28

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