Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D Lens for Sony E

Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D Lens for Sony E

Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D Lens for Sony E

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Product Highlights

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Rectilinear Design, Low Distortion
  • Frog Eye Dust & Water-Repellent Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Manual Aperture Ring Can Be De-Clicked
  • 9-Blade Diaphragm
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Venus Optics 15mm f/2.0 overview

  • 1Description

A fast and bright wide-angle prime, the Sony E-mount Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D Lens from Venus Optics is a rectilinear lens with a sophisticated optical design to effectively limit distortion. The bright f/2 maximum aperture makes this lens especially useful for astrophotography and low-light use, and when paired with the 5.9" minimum focusing distance, distinct shallow depth of field imagery can also be produced. The optical construction includes three extra-low dispersion elements and two aspherical elements to control both chromatic and spherical aberrations for greater sharpness, clarity, and reduced color fringing. A Frog Eye Coating has been applied, too, to repel dust and moisture from the front element of the lens to benefit working in trying environmental conditions. Additionally, the manual aperture ring can be de-clicked for smooth, silent aperture changes to suit video applications, and the front of the lens is threaded to accept 72mm screw-in filters.

Ultra wide-angle prime designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, this 15mm f/2 can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 22.5mm equivalent focal length.
Relatively fast f/2 maximum aperture benefits astrophotography and low-light shooting applications.
Rectilinear design renders subjects with minimal distortion in order to suit landscape and architectural applications.
Three extra-low dispersion elements reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for increased clarity and color neutrality. Two aspherical elements are also featured to limit spherical aberrations for improved sharpness.
A Frog Eye Coating has been applied to repel both dust and moisture for added protection when working in inclement conditions.
Manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 5.9" away with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.
The manual aperture ring can be mechanically 'de-clicked' for smooth, silent rotation throughout the aperture range; making it ideal for video applications.
Despite its ultra-wide design, this lens can accept 72mm screw-in filters on the front of the lens.
In the Box
Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D Lens for Sony E
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Venus Optics 15mm f/2.0 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 15mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Sony E
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Angle of View 110°
    Minimum Focus Distance 5.91" / 15 cm
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4
    Optical Design 12 Elements in 9 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9
    Features
    Autofocus No
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 72 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.60 x 3.23" / 66 x 82 mm
    Weight 1.10 lb / 500 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.165 x 4.803 x 4.409"

    Venus Optics 15mm f/2.0 reviews

    Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D Lens for Sony E is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique look I always rip open the box on new glass and run out to try it. Contrary to most, I bought this for close up work. It was the closest focusing wide I could find so I though it was worth a shot. Overall, it's exactly what I wanted. There's distortion and vignette around the edges but it's a super wide lens at a pretty low price point. In the image attached the glass is 2 inches from the subject so it focuses even closer than the specs say. I'm pretty happy with it. With a little playing I'm sure I can get better results.
    Date published: 2018-02-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Pick Up I wasn't crazy about the price, but once I put it on my a7s, I was very happy. Sharp. Minimal distortion. And though I keep seeing people say it doesn't matter on a wide angle lens, the bokeh is gorgeous. Oh and a UWA with a 72mm filter thread...awesome!� This is going to replace my 14mm Bower that I've flown FOREVER. I gave the 16-35's a quick look, but they seem even more over priced. Plus there's always something special about a prime. I recommend. Happy shooting!
    Date published: 2017-12-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Super Wide Angle Fast Prime lens! The build quality is excellent and the boxing was Zeiss-ish. I purchased the Laowa 15mm to use with the Sony a7Rii, mainly for architecture, landscape, and my 1st foray into astrophotography. I have not tried it for astro yet but for architecture it was great, albeit handheld with higher than desired iso, and no LR lens profiles, but little correction was needed.
    Date published: 2017-11-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect match for Night and W/A Landscape photography I purchased this lens to replace my Sony 12-24 f/4 because that lens was just not quite fast enough for my needs which generally includes a lot of night photography. The lens has acceptable levels of coma, which is really important to me. It is also very easy to use and handle. Lastly, I really appreciate the super close minimum focus distance for grand scenic landscapes where you want to include something very close to to the lens in the foreground (like flowers). All-in-all, this lens is a great choice for Sony full-frame users.
    Date published: 2018-09-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp Disclaimer: I am not a pixel peeper. New to the A7iii scene, I was not sure how to activate the Focus Magnifier, so my first few test shot was just trying to focus using the LCD screen, and focus peaking. No matter, the picture came out sharp (to my satisfaction) anyway. Then I found out the nearest focus distance was crazily short, so I started taking close-up shots of flowers, those came up sharp too! (The Ultra-wide angle helped to keep everything sharp). By the time I discovered how to set Focus magnifier on the A7iii, I was already sold. This thing is a keeper. Did I mention it perform quite well in low light too? Can't wait to use this for astro-photography. How much more versatile can one lens be? (Con? No EXIF. If that doesn't bother you, grab one!)
    Date published: 2018-09-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great partner to the Loxia 21 Tested against the 16-35 f4 @ 16mm, the Laowa has incredible clarity and sharpness (and I liked the zoom better than the Batis 18 I had a while back). Flare has not been an issue either. I was also surprised at how compact the lens is, even after comparing it at the camerasize site. It's similar in size to the Loxia and 55 1.8 with just some extra width near the front. Build is great, focus ring is firm. I've read from several users that infinity is right in the middle of the infinity marker, that is also the case with mine and is convenient for landscapes without a very close foreground element. However, with astro, I have found setting it to the middle of the right infinity loop (focused just slightly closer than infinity mentioned above) is ideal. The coma demonstrated on review sites isn't bad in my opinion, but when I focus like this, the coma is even further reduced with insignificant changes to the central frame. And any foreground will also be a bit better as a bonus.
    Date published: 2018-07-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth it! This lens is sharp, the aperture is large, and the focus ring feels smooth and easy to operate. Will definitely�recommend it.
    Date published: 2018-02-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome wide angle lens Fully manual focus, sharp and work well with Sony a7RIII.
    Date published: 2018-07-12
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    Venus Optics 15mm f/2.0 accessories

    Designed for use with:

    • Sony NEX-EA50M
    • Sony PXW-FS5
    • Sony PXW-FS7
    • Sony PXW-FS7M2
    • Sony Alpha A5000
    • Sony Alpha A5100
    • Sony Alpha A6000
    • Sony Alpha A6300
    • Sony Alpha A6500
    • Sony Alpha A7
    • Sony Alpha A7 II
    • Sony Alpha A7 III
    • Sony Alpha A7R
    • Sony Alpha A7R II
    • Sony Alpha A7R III
    • Sony Alpha A7S
    • Sony Alpha A7S II
    • Sony Alpha A9
    • Sony Alpha a7
    • Sony Alpha A6500
    • Sony Alpha A7S II
    • Sony A7R III
    • Sony NEX-EA50M
    • Sony NEX-EA50UH
    • Sony NEX-FS700R
    • Sony NEX-VG30
    • Sony NEX-VG900
    • Sony PXW-FS5
    • Sony PXW-FS5M2
    • Sony PXW-FS7
    • Sony PXW-FS7M2
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