Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens for Sony A

Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens for Sony A

Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens for Sony A

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Product Highlights

  • A Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/32
  • 1:1 Magnification Ratio; Internal Focus
  • One ED & Three High-Refractive Elements
  • Multi-Layer Low-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus and Aperture
  • Maximum Shift: +/- 6mm (APS-C)
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 4.7"
  • Front Filter Thread: 77mm
  • Near Circular 14-Blade Diaphragm
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Venus Optics 15mm f/4.0 overview

  • 1Description

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 Sony A-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: 683203914680
In the Box
Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens for Sony A
  • Lens Hood
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    Venus Optics 15mm f/4.0 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 15mm
    Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 22.5 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/4
    Minimum: f/32
    Camera Mount Type Sony A
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    APS-C
    Angle of View 110°
    APS-C Picture Angle: 85°
    Tilt/Shift Shifts ± 6mm
    Minimum Focus Distance 4.72" / 12 cm
    Magnification 1.0x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
    Optical Design 12 Elements in 9 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 14
    Features
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus No
    Tripod Collar No
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 77 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.30 x 2.55" / 83.8 x 64.7 mm
    Weight .90 lb / 410 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.2 x 5.2 x 5.1"

    Venus Optics 15mm f/4.0 reviews

    Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens for Sony A is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unusual lens that gives execeent results if care is taken Solid, well made lens. Excellent sharpness and contrast when stopped down a bit. It is stepless aperture which can be problematical when focusing in close. It is possible to bump or move the aperture ring when focusing. The shift is imprecise. I can sort of get the middle I.e 3mm and of course full but anything other that is virtually impossible. Unfortunately it does not pass EXIF data to the camera. It is an unusual lens and is capable of excellent results if care is taken. Being manual focus, it requires precision on the part of the photographer.
    Date published: 2017-01-16
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    Venus Optics 15mm f/4.0 Q&A

    Venus Optics 15mm f/4.0 accessories

    Designed for use with:

    • Sony Alpha A68
    • Sony Alpha A77 II
    • Sony Alpha A99 II
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