Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens for Nikon F

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Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens for Nikon F
Key Features
  • F Mount Lens/FX 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 Nikon F-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 Nikon F-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 22.5mm 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: 683203914673

Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Specs

Focal Length15mm
Maximum Aperturef/4
Minimum Aperturef/32
Lens MountNikon F
Format CompatibilityFull-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 StabilizationNone
Filter Size77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.3 x 2.55" / 83.8 x 64.7 mm
Weight0.9 lb / 410 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7 x 5.2 x 5.1"
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Where is this made? Japan or China?

Where is this made? Japan or China?
Asked by: Eric
I was not able to find any "Made In location" on either the lens, the box, the Instructions, or warranty card. However, the outside lens cap does have a "Made in China" marking; but this is not clear if it refers to only the lens cap or to the entire product. Independent of the Country of its manufacture, I have found this lens to be a very good and versatile lens. I have used it as a normal 15mm wide angle lens; its tilt/shift feature is very good at architectural photography; and its primary use of 1 to 1 macro is also very good (I match it with my Nikon D810, used on a rail.).
Answered by: John
Date published: 2020-03-16

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With its 12cm minimum focusing distance, how can it achieve 1:1 magnification with 15mm focal length?
Asked by: Anonymous
You have to be so close to a subject to get 1:1 that the lens blocks out much of the ambient light! But its a fun, fun lens.
Answered by: Scott paul H.
Date published: 2018-08-26

Will this lens work with the Nikon Z6 ?

Will this lens work with the Nikon Z6 ?
Asked by: Zon Hisham
With the FTZ adapter it will. I use it that way.
Answered by: Osvaldo
Date published: 2020-12-17

With the ftz adapter, I just cannot nail tje ...

With the ftz adapter, I just cannot nail tje focus at 1:1. Anyone have an idea what am doing wrong?
Asked by: Zon Hisham
If the lens was placed further or closer than 4.7" from the subject, it will be difficult to focus for 1:1.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2020-12-28

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Is the field of view so wide that a macro flash like the Nikon 4804 R1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System will be visible in the periphery of the image?
Asked by: Edwin
Most ring flashes will be more than visible in the image, especially if you use fullframe camera.
Answered by: Dory D.
Date published: 2018-08-26

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Hi there, what is the shipping price/cost to Belgium?
Asked by: Nick L.
You may calculate your actual shipping options/order totals by adding the items you want to a shopping cart. It will then list the shipping options, descriptions, ETA's and fees to your location.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-26

Is there a 4/3 adapter for this lens?

Is there a 4/3 adapter for this lens?
Asked by: bill
This is an adapter you can use if your camera is the older DSLR 4/3rds mount. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/563533-REG/Novoflex_FT_NIK_Lens_Mount_Adapter.html
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2020-05-01

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The screw/tab thing on the bottom by the cap, what is it?
Asked by: Aaron C.
If you are referring to the lever at the end of the lens closest to the camera, that is for shift. It is not a tilt/shift lens but works a little like one. You can shift the lens in one direction up to about 6mm.
Answered by: Robert K.
Date published: 2020-07-03
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