Chinese lens maker Venus Optics appears to have announced a beta version of its first-ever autofocus lens for Sony E and Nikon Z full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Laowa FFII 10mm F2.8 C & D Dreamer.
The lens, which may have a different name if/when it is released in the west, is a relatively fast, super wide-angle prime. Based on what we can ascertain so far, AF is only available for E and Z mount bodies.
For Canon RF and for full-frame L-mount camera bodies, the new lens appears to be manual focus only, as the above screenshot shows.
Key features of the Laowa FFII 10mm F2.8 C & D Dreamer
- 15 lens elements in 9 groups
- Extra low dispersion glass and ultra high refraction glass
- Focussing ring
- Focus mode switch
- 77mm filter diameter
- 70.8mm length, approx 420g weight
No other technical information is available at this stage, but Venus Optics claims in a promotional video that the lens is suitable for architectural and landscape photography, and even creative studio portrait effects (below).
Also appearing on the lens body is a Zero D logo, which stands for zero distortion – given the lens’s specifications, it will be interesting to see how this feature works in practice.
The lens will be priced at 4999 yuan on its final release, which is equivalent to approximately $706 / £555, but again, pricing outside China has not been confirmed.
You can watch the promotional video below (as originally shared by Andrea Pizzini and Sony Alpha Rumours).