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Venus Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro : Specifications and Opinions


Venus Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro

The Venus Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro is a macro lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2015. The focus is done by Manual Focus, it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 614 €; 7 users have given it an average vote of 8.4 out of 10.

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MOUNT

This lens is available with the following mounts:

Canon EF: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Canon EF.

Nikon F: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Nikon.

Sony E: this lens is compatible with mirrorless fullframe and APS-C Sony.

Sony A-mount: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Sony A-mount.

Pentax: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Pentax.



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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   15 mm
 Angle of view   110.6°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/4
 Aperture blades   14
 Lenses/Groups   12 elements in 9 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.12 meters
 Reproduction ratio   1.00x

 Features
 Stabilization   No
 Focus   Manual Focus
 Internal AF   No
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   77 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   410 g
 Dimensions   83 x 65 mm
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avatarjunior
sent on October 05, 2018

Pros: Excellent construction

Cons: Little sense in general in my opinion

Opinion: Crappy lens, especially if it attack e-mount. The tilt shift mechanism I then aggregate myself to call it "grotesque", there is no more suitable term. The hood is then a piece of microscopic plastic of a really poor invoice. However the lens has a valuable construction, all of metal including the ring Nuts. The colors are better than the samyang, but unfortunately it has a very bad uniformity of sharpness. At the center is very sharp, at the edges it falls conviously at every opening. It has declickated diaphragm therefore comfortable for videomakers. I bought it by believing in the miracle, but frankly doing exceptional shots with live subjects is virtually impossible, and with a 70mm macro Art sigma (same Cost) you get an enormously better result at image quality level, simply Moving away a Little. If instead you want something like this, you can take a Samyang 14mm and put a macro ring of small thickness at half the price. In conclusion lens that I recommend to buy used, and in case Resell. Interesting tilt shift and the ability to mount filters from 77mm. In essence It is a perspective that alone can make us both from macro and lens for landscapes very economical both diurnal and nocturnal (we do not have to buy absurd filter kits that sometimes cost more than the lens itself being able to mount those from 77 that we all have). You draw your own conclusions.

avatarjunior
sent on September 09, 2016

Pros: Lightweight, robust, unique in its kind, continuous diaphragm

Cons: Bad, distortion and aberration to the edges, saturated colors

Opinion: I had never purchased optics that were not Canon, Zeiss, Angenuex. Given this incredible innovation in the optics industry I thought about taking it and trying to exploit it to make very large frameworks with relatively low distortion. I have to say that compared to the samyang 14mm works much better either as colors, albeit somewhat saturated, as dynamic range. Incredible as on the Sony A7II, A7S and A7RII, the Carnate and the Skin. Impossible for an optic with features like this. The macro factor on a 15mm with aperture 4.0 causes giants to make cats or ants but with aberration and distortion to sometimes sultry sides. In the center it looks like a 35mm. But if you go beyond these trivial shots this Laowa gives you really great pictures considering the very low price. Continuous diaphragm dial for video-maker and manual focus make it fast and accurate, if you have a good eye and a mirrorless. Ugly aesthetically and with a grotesque tilt focus in the set a unique and valid opt for those who like to be "wide"

avatarjunior
sent on March 12, 2016

Pros: Possibility of perspective distortion correction, macro, sharpness at the center, gradually closing diaphragm and smoothly, the quality of materials.

Cons: complex distortion, confusion at the edges, vignetting, lens hood.

Opinion: Intrigued by this object (and do not allow potendomi Zeiss optics ...) I bought this supergrandangolo loving this type of photography. I immediately like getting the build quality, is made of metal and glass as always should be. On the barrel is a release lever that allows you to vertically decentralize the optical group of 6 mm downwards or upwards to correct perspective distortion, but given the large field of view and its inherent distortion better place all on tripod leveled. Unfortunately, in general, the distortion is accentuated as is normal, but in the filming of the complexity of geometric elements fabricated curves is pretty obvious note, barrel but not regular, which make the correction even in post production difficult. I have yet to explore macro photography with this objective, which promises new possibilities thanks to the characteristic of being able to shoot even the background, as well as close to the subject, what prevented other targets, I just noticed that the rapportho 1: 1 is obtained with the subject practically in contact with the lens, with the loss of sharpness, which, moreover, is excellent in the center of the frame in the landscapes, and dematerialized at the edges in a manner also quite important. Infinite possibilities of iris, which closes gradually and smoothly. The lens hood does not have the same quality of the lens and tends to invade the frame accenting vignetting. Ultimately an interesting lens and fun at a fair price.

avatarjunior
sent on March 12, 2016

Pros: Possibility of perspective distortion correction, macro, sharpness at the center, gradually closing diaphragm and smoothly, the quality of materials.

Cons: complex distortion, confusion at the edges, vignetting, lens hood.

Opinion: Intrigued by this object (and do not allow potendomi Zeiss optics ...) I bought this supergrandangolo loving this type of photography. I immediately like getting the build quality, is made of metal and glass as always should be. On the barrel is a release lever that allows you to vertically decentralize the optical group of 6 mm downwards or upwards to correct perspective distortion, but given the large field of view and its inherent distortion better place all on tripod leveled. Unfortunately, in general, the distortion is accentuated as is normal, but in the filming of the complexity of geometric elements fabricated curves is pretty obvious note, barrel but not regular, which make the correction even in post production difficult. I have yet to explore macro photography with this objective, which promises new possibilities thanks to the characteristic of being able to shoot even the background, as well as close to the subject, what prevented other targets, I just noticed that the rapportho 1: 1 is obtained with the subject practically in contact with the lens, with the loss of sharpness, which, moreover, is excellent in the center of the frame in the landscapes, and dematerialized at the edges in a manner also quite important. Infinite possibilities of iris, which closes gradually and smoothly. The lens hood does not have the same quality of the lens and tends to invade the frame accenting vignetting. Ultimately an interesting lens and fun at a fair price.

avatarsupporter
sent on October 14, 2015

Pros: 77mm filters, compactness, cost/features ratio, 3 year warranty.

Cons: Sufficient construction, difficult to use for those who start and/or do not know exactly what they are buying; Flare and Ghost in certain shooting situations, vignetting on Fullframe when using the SHIFT + 6mm, soft at the edges.

Opinion: The optics is unique in its kind for the features it offers, it is fun to use it because it allows very unusual compositions. It is made of metal and the ring nuts are easy to reach while that of the diaphragm does not show the typical advancement shots, the construction is only discrete and although it is made of metal can not compare to a Zeiss: you have to be satisfied for what it costs. The photos you find in my gallery are just an example of what you get by just paying attention to the ghost and flare when you frame it with the sun at the corners of the frames. The use of the classic 77mm filters is priceless so the Samyang 14mm has often remained in the backpack. The overall yield is discrete/good in the middle of the frame while the performance is very much down to the sides. The full review you will find here: http://www.wazer.eu/venus-laowa-15mm-f4-macro-tilt/

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