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
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    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 9.
    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 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 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 Appears to be perfect for what it is I've only had this lens a couple of weeks and haven't done any serious performance testing, but early results look great and are consistent with published tests (very sharp wide open, though with major vignetting; even sharper, and vignetting much better, stopped down just a bit; great for panoramas; no visible distortion). The focus mount is exactly what I wanted -- highly machined, very precise, a nice complement to the Canon 24mm T/S and the 50mm and 100mm Zeiss Makros it's teamed with on a Sony A7RII. You must, of course, understand what you're getting into when you're thinking of working with a setup that is mechanically somewhat behind that of a 1936 Exakta, which at least had a "semi-automatic" lens (one that you could look through and focus with wide open and would then be stopped down "automatically" at the moment of exposure). Unlike the Canon-mount lenses in my set, which do communicate with the camera through a Metabones adapter and can at least stop down and open up automatically, this baby is all manual and totally invisible to the camera. You do get to use the in-camera focusing aids, which help a great deal, but there's some annoying fiddling needed to focus wide open and then stop down for the shot, and there doesn't seem to be any way around that.� The disconnect between lens and camera also means that if you want to capture any exposure data, it's going to be with pen and paper.� The tradeoff here is that you pay half the price you would pay for an autofocus lens of the same focal length, speed, and optical quality. In my applications for this kit (mostly panoramas and focus stacking), autofocus lenses are almost useless anyway because I can't vary the focus in small, even increments and the camera is always on a sturdy tripod, so for me this tradeoff is a no-brainer. And for non-action-oriented video (as I'm coming to understand it), autofocus likewise seems to be mostly useless.� I have used this lens for some video test clips that were really impressive (and demonstrated how easy it is to hand hold this rig using the in-camera image stabilization). Video performance at f/2 is amazing. But it really does help in working with this lens to have learned photography back when everything was all manual. Someone who's using a lens like this for the first time may have a bit of learning to do (all of it well worth the effort, but something to be prepared for). It's a little like working with a view camera. For a lens pouch I can recommend the LensCoat in size "small wide." https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=email&A=details&Q=&sku=547483&is=REG
    Date published: 2018-03-03
    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
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for the price Probably not the greatest wide angle out there but considering the price compared to its counterparts, I'm very pleased with it. Robust, Sharp and, although definitely not 'zero' distortion, I find it totally acceptable for such a wide angle.
    Date published: 2018-02-09
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