Laowa Magic Shift Converter (MSC) announced

Chinese company Venus Optics has announced a lens adaptor which will allow its Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D ultra-wideangle lens to act as a 17mm f/4 shift lens on full frame Sony E-mount cameras.

It fits between the lens and the camera body and has an optical design which increases the image circle of the lens to allow for the lens to be shifted up or down or from side to side relative to the camera.

This shift movement is used in architectural photography to correct converging verticals. Normally, you have to tilt the camera upwards to get tall buildings into the frame and this is what causes converging verticals. With a shift movement, however, you can keep the camera level and still get tall buildings in.

The Laowa Magic Shift Converter (MSC) for Sony FE mount cameras is the first version, with a Canon fit version available for pre-order and a Nikon-fit version should be available a couple of months later.

The Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens is a specialised and expensive ultra-wide lens for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. The Magic Shift Converter turns it into a shift lens, albeit with an increase in focal length to 17mm. It’s an interesting alternative to a regular (and expensive) perspective control (tilt shift) lens.