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Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens for Canon EF

BH #VE1540C • MFR #VE1540C
Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens for Canon EF
Key Features
  • EF Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/32
  • 1:1 Magnification Ratio; Internal Focus
  • One ED & Three High-Refractive Elements
Venus Optics is offering photographers the first native option to get started in the world of wide-angle macro photography with the Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens, available here for full-frame Canon EF-mount cameras. Before now, wide-angle macro required the use of extension tubes and other workarounds, but now the Laowa 15mm Macro offers true 1:1 magnification without the hassle. The ultra-wide perspective on full-frame cameras allows users to get exceptionally close to their subjects with a minimum focus distance of just 4.7", and have them fill the frame, while still capturing the background for more informative scenes. Internal focusing further assists by not disturbing your subject, even when you reach the 0.2" minimum working distance.
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Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Overview

Venus Optics is offering photographers the first native option to get started in the world of wide-angle macro photography with the Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens, available here for full-frame Canon EF-mount cameras. Before now, wide-angle macro required the use of extension tubes and other workarounds, but now the Laowa 15mm Macro offers true 1:1 magnification without the hassle. The ultra-wide perspective on full-frame cameras allows users to get exceptionally close to their subjects with a minimum focus distance of just 4.7", and have them fill the frame, while still capturing the background for more informative scenes. Internal focusing further assists by not disturbing your subject, even when you reach the 0.2" minimum working distance.

Optically, it is designed to minimize distortion that plagues wide-angle lenses with the use of an advanced 12 element in 9 group construction with one extra-low dispersion and three high-refractive elements. A multi-layer low-reflective coating further improved image quality by reducing the appearance of flare and ghosting. Also, when used on APS-C cameras, or in crop modes, the lens offers +/- 6mm of vertical shift which can help correct for perspective when shooting objects such as buildings.

Full manual operation is required with this lens through the use of a physical aperture ring with a range of f/4 to f/32 and a large focusing ring. A flat front element provides room for a 77mm front filter thread for using a selection of specialized filters to enhance your scene. Additionally, it has a near circular 14-blade diaphragm for smooth out of focus elements and comes with a lens hood.

Ultra-wide 110° angle of view on full-frame cameras.
The wide-angle lens offers a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24mm with an 85° angle of view when used on APS-C cameras bodies or in crop modes.
Wide aperture range of f/4 to f/32.
Lens construction features 12 elements in 9 groups with 3 high-refractive elements and on extra-low dispersion element.
Minimum focus distance of 4.7" with a minimum working distance of just 0.2".
Manual focus and aperture control.
When used with APS-C cameras, the Laowa 15mm Macro can utilize +/-6 mm of vertical shift to help correct perspective.
True 1:1 magnification allows photographers to capture life-sized images of their subjects while still providing infinity focus for use as a standard wide-angle lens.
Near-circular 14-blade aperture diaphragm provides smooth out-of-focus elements.
Accepts 77mm threaded filters.
UPC: 683203914666

Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Specs

Focal Length15mm
Maximum Aperturef/4
Minimum Aperturef/32
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View110°
Tilt-Shift+/- 6 mm Shift
Minimum Focus Distance4.72" / 12 cm
Maximum Magnification1x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:1
Optical Design12 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades14
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.3 x 2.55" / 83.8 x 64.7 mm
Length at Maximum Extension2.66" / 67.6 mm
Weight0.9 lb / 410 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.45 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.063 x 3.543 x 3.386"

Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Reviews

Great Lens

By Andre
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-30

I didn't think I would like it the first 2 hours and had planned to return it. I'm glad I didn't . I love this lens

Great lens for creative shooting

By Mike
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-05

Until you've shot with a wide angle macro lens like this one, you are missing some opportunities for real creativity. I love the quality of this lens and the resulting images and would highly recommend!

My new unexpected favorite lens of all, ever!

By Steven
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-06

Once I got used to using it, which didn't take long, I realized nothing else can do what this lens can. Hopefully in the future there's an even better mark ii version for mirrorless mounts.

Stunningly fun lens.

By Thomas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-22

Well built and full of wonder. My favorite lens.

Amazing macro lens!!!

By Mike
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-01

Not enough is said about this lens.. It is unique with its wide angle design and provides for amazing images, enhanced with the creative capabilities of wide angle macro!! I am using this with Canon EOS R series bodies using the EF-RF converter and it works flawlessly. Highly recommend!!

Flare issues, but unanticipated capability

By Wallace
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-04

The lens suffers from some potent magenta flare whenever the sun gets anywhere near the front element, and the provided lens hood didn't help much. But, because I primarily use this lens for macro tabletop shots, the image circle at macro distances provides me almost 5mm of shift on my full frame Canon. The literature explains this is only useful on APS-c sensor cameras, but that limitation seems to mostly go away when focusing close.

Amazing lens. And quite sharp

By Bill
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-13

I was a bit skeptical when I ordered this lens. But it has been a very pleasant surprise. It is very sharp. It is totally manual, which is fine since this goes back to my early days shooting, 60 years ago. It is not pre-set either. I am very please with it across the board.

Interestingly Distorted Images

By Rikky
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-27

I primarily shoot still life product in studio and wanted something that offered a different perspective than the typical 100mm macro. The lens, when used in a macro setting, can be difficult to get good looking images, but if you take the time to compose and light properly, you can achieve really interesting sizes and angles The build of the lens is very solid and for the price, it's definitely something fun to use.

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question

So this lens can be used for major photography purposes (like architectural) beside macro?
Asked by: TJ S.
Yes, that lens can be used for architectural shots. If you use the lens on an APS-C sensor camera you get the benefits of the lens being able to shift for perspective.
Answered by: Robert K.
Date published: 2018-08-26

Is this TOTALLY manual, i.e. - no info at all ...

Is this TOTALLY manual, i.e. - no info at all translated to the camera? If so, how do you know what shutter speed to set at any given aperture with no exposure info? Thanks.
Asked by: David
This lens is pretty much all manual, however, the camera can still read light coming into the sensor so you could still adjust your settings accordingly.
Answered by: Zachariah
Date published: 2021-02-14

What happens when you mount the Canon EF lens ...

What happens when you mount the Canon EF lens version on a adapter to suit it to a Sony A7iii camera? The image quality changes and the aperture range changes correct?
Asked by: Kevin
The image quality usually doesn't change much when using an adapter and the exposure doesn't either. Most adapters don't support autofocus, so if you put an autofocus lens on with an adapter, you might have to focus manually. There are good adapters for Canon mount lenses that will support autofocus on a Sony camera.
Answered by: Boyd
Date published: 2019-07-23

Does this lens work on a Canon EOS Rebel T7?

Does this lens work on a Canon EOS Rebel T7?
Asked by: Richard A.
This lens is compatible with the Canon EOS Rebel T7 with a crop factor of 1.6X applied to it.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2020-03-16

Is there any downside or degradation in quality ...

Is there any downside or degradation in quality if you use this lens on a Canon mirrorless with the EF adapter?
Asked by: Chris
An adapter just helps you to mount the Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens for Canon EF BH #VE1540C lens on the camera and doesn't have a glass on it. Hence the quality remains same. This is a manual focus lens.
Answered by: samikg
Date published: 2022-04-26

question

How is shift limited to aps-c? Can it be overridden?
Asked by: Van F.
Likely on a larger sensor the circular field of view (edge) becomes visible on one side. So image will only extend to two corners falling off at the other two corners.
Answered by: Craig C.
Date published: 2022-07-28

question

Is this lens compatible with a C300 Mark II?
Asked by: Anonymous
You can use the Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens for Canon EF B&H # VE1540C on any Canon camera including the C300 Mark II.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-26

Will this lens work on an EOS R Camera?

Will this lens work on an EOS R Camera?
Asked by: Guy
Yes, with the Canon EF to R adapter. You can view the adapter on our website by clicking the link below; https://bhpho.to/37mRYJy
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2019-11-19
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