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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • E-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 E-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: 683203914703
In the Box
Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens for Sony E
  • 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 E
    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
    Elements/Groups 12 / 9
    Diaphragm Blades 14
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    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 1.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.087 x 5.197 x 5.039"

    Venus Optics 15mm f/4.0 reviews

    Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens for Sony E is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens for a great price! I got this 15 mm lens for shooting wedding videos, specifically the wedding reception and it did not let me down! The image is nice and sharp, and because its a Macro lens I don't have to worry about getting to close to anything.The lens shifting ability was a huge plus for me as well, and does a great job of getting rid of the wide angle warp. I was a little iffy about buying this lens knowing it didn't have an auto focus feature, but that has not slowed me down yet. I shoot videos almost daily, and this lens has quickly become one of my favorite tools in my camera bag.
    Date published: 2017-05-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique lens Very unusual lens. The only 15mm full frame macro lens that I know about. It seems sharp in the center but blurred towards corners, but I would expect this of an extreme wide angle macro lens. This would have been a difficult lens to design. It is a full manual lens. It has no electronic contacts at all. It works best if you use it with the camera set on full manual control. It is not really compatible with any of the automatic modes.
    Date published: 2015-11-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Macro Lens! It is lots of fun to play with the perspective of a 15mm Marco. I like how everything is in focus at f/4 when shooting at infinite. When shooting Macro, you can literally touch the lens and still be in focus! My only issue is that I was looking for a lens to film skating with. I wish I would have bought something wider. No auto focus hasn't been an issue for me.
    Date published: 2015-11-06
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing This lens has several problems. First, it should be sold as an aps-c, not full frame lens. The reason is the tilt. Which works fine, but is set for an aps-c sensor. On a full frame it doesn't cover the entire sensor. Very disappointing. Secondly, it has a large e-mount adapter attached to it. Thereby increasing the overall size and weight of this lens. Third. 1:1 is almost impossible to achieve without actually touching the subject with the lens. I could have lived with the adapter. But not all of these problems combined. I returned it within a few days.
    Date published: 2016-03-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I like it The tilt function is a bit weird on this lens and the instructions don't really say how to use it. Their are threads for a filter, but they don't seem to be a standard size. Saying that, it is a lens that I would buy again. It works well on my Sony A7rii. It is a full manual lens and you have to get really close to a subject to achive a 1:1 ratio. Again I would buy it again and I've taken some outstanding shots with this!
    Date published: 2015-11-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible and unique shots for a great price. You may be able to get semi-similar results using wide-angle lenses with extension tubes etc. but you will still be missing the tilt feature... and the quality of this glass is fantastic. This is my first macro lens for my A7ii and the images below were all shot with nothing but daylight and hand-held with no flash. Since you will want manual 99% of the time to accomplish great macro shots it's a bonus that the lens doesn't rely on any electronics etc. to function. I photograph dogs often and this lens is difficult to use--you really want autofocus for those types of subjects. But generally, the depth of field is so wide once your subject is more than a few feet away (and there is very very little focus travel so it's quick to focus on subjects at this distance) things will be mostly in focus and you should be fine in most cases, just don't expect perfect sharpness in eyes etc. unless you use the focus assist and zoom to ensure eyes are in perfect focus. It's hard to achieve 1:1 but the images are so fantastic with such character that I'd rather supplement my gear with another macro lens once I can afford it for those extreme-closeup cases. Because it can focus to infinity, it's a versatile lens that you can leave on the camera and take with you. Distortion around edges is bad, but as long as your subjects are somewhat centered it still works well for any photos where a wide angle is desired. The tilt feature is amazing for architecture and real-estate photography and gives you even more flexibility and versatility in a lens that is still amazing at handling it's primary design purpose which is wide-angle macro. I imagine the video below would look incredible in 4K on a A7S or A7S ii sensor... If you want to do macro video production this would produce incredible results with the right setup... In this video, it's just propped up by my wallet, no additional lighting, etc.
    Date published: 2016-07-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Fun Lens I use this with the A7 rii. It is a fun and easy lens to use. I have not used the tilt function for pictures yet but the 'switch' to move the tilt was very hard to use. It takes nice 'dynamic' macro shots and because it is 15mm you can capture a lot of background. You can focus really close but the light on your subject is blocked by the lens so a macro lens light is a good idea. This lens is not for everybody especially for the price but if you are looking for a 'fun' and creative lens this is for you.
    Date published: 2017-05-15
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from this is not a full frame lens when you use tilt! Only cheap 15mm, good quality E-mount FE lens around. Aperture adjustment is too loose, it can move by accident easily. Problem is when you use tilt, you do get very heavy vignette, nearly a black line either on the top or bottom on a full frame sensor camera. So it is NOT a full frame lens if you will be using tilt. 1:1 is nearly impossible to achieve as it has to literally has to touch the lens
    Date published: 2015-12-17
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