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Laowa Brings Perspective Control to Sony E-mount with the Magic Shift Converter

By Justin Heyes on July 11th 2017

The engineers and designers over at Venus Optics make no shortage of waves in the photographic community. Venus Optics, the Chinese maker of the Laowa lens brand, not only has a perspective-expanding 15mm 1:1 macro lens, a 12mm (close to) zero-distortion wide-angle lens, and Magic Format Converter for the Fuji GFX system; they are adding perspective control to Sony E-mount cameras with the Laowa Magic Shift Converter.

Avid architecture photographers and wide-angle enthusiasts will be familiar with the plight of converging parallels. No matter what elevation you seem to reach, it is never the right spot to get the perfect, correct image of a tall building. The Magic Shift is designed to be used with super-wide-angle Canon or Nikon mount lenses for Sony Full-Frame E-mount cameras, adding shift capabilities.


Specifically design for the aforementioned Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D, the patented internal optics system, expands the image circle while becoming a small tele-converter, converting the lens into an equivalent 17mm f/4 Zero-D.

The expanded images circle allows for +/- 10mm shift capability with no vignetting even at maximum shift. In addition, the MSC comes with a 360° rotation structure which allows photographers to shoot in both horizontal and portrait orientation.

Venus Optics is poised to be the Aputure of lenses and converters. (Aputure, itself is making waves in video circles, offering high-quality lighting gear for budget prices)

The Laowa Magic Shift Converter is currently available to pre-order for Canon on the Venus Optics website. Shipping is expected to start in late July/early Aug; the Nikon variant should be available a few months after.

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Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

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