This week's news roundup has lenses, lots of lenses.
Venus Optics Introduces Four Laowa Lenses in L-Mount
Venus Optics has been announcing and releasing many new, fast, and specialized lenses over the past year. They are releasing 4 of its existing Laowa lenses in L-Mount in March 2021, including some very wide to fisheye and macro glass.
Here's the breakdown of these new L-Mount lenses:
- Laowa 25mm F/2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro: If you're shooting macro, this is an L-Mount lens to own. It's fast, and perfect for 2.5x to 5x life-size photography, plus extended working distance at 45mm (2.5x) and 40mm (5x). In addition to L-Mount, the Laowa 25mm F/2.8 Ultra Macro also comes with Canon EF and RF, Nikon Z and F, Sony FE, or Pentax K mounts. It will cost $399 and you can learn more here.
Laowa 25mm F/2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro.
- Laowa 24mm F/14 2x Macro Probe Lens: This one is unusual looking, to say the least, and according to Venus Optics, it started as a Kickstarter project and is the first consumer-grade probe lens. It features 2:1 macro to infinity focusing and a wide angle view. It costs $1499 to $1699, and is highly specialized. In addition to L-Mount, it also ships with Canon EF (Standard and Cine), ARRI PL (Cine), Sony FE (Standard and Cine), Nikon F, or Pentax K mounts. Get more details here.
Laowa 24mm F/14 2x Macro Probe Lens.
- Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens: This L-Mount fisheye lens is a great option for when you need that unique super wide angle look. And at $199, it's a price that makes sense for a lens that may not get used too often, but you'll want in your collection. Other mounts include M4/3, EOS-M, Sony E, and Fuji X. Learn more here.
Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens.
- Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D: Very fast and very wide L-Mount lens from Venus optics, giving a 113-degree view. The company promises low chromatic aberration and no distortion with its design. Priced at $499 with other mounts such as DJI DL (for drone pilots), Canon EF-M, M4/3, Sony E, and Fuji X. Get more information here.
Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D.
Lexar Announces new 1066x SILVER Series SD and SDXC UHS-I Memory Cards
If you're looking for a new SD and SDXC memory card for your camera that will perform at the highest levels, Lexar's new 1066x SILVER Series cards are an ideal solution. The cards are built to last, with Lexar promising they are water, x-ray, vibration, and shock proof.
The cards can read up to 160 MB/s, which is perfect for demanding video like Full HD 4K with write speeds up to 120 MB/s. These cards come in capacities of 64 GB up to 512 GB. In addition, they're rated at V30 (Video Speed Class 30) and U3 (UHS Speed Class 3).
As far as pricing goes, the 64 GB card is $17.99, 128 GB is $33.99, 256 GB is $64.99, and 512 GB is $139.99 (all USD). Get more information and purchase at Lexar's site.