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

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Venus Optics
Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D Lens for Sony E
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
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.
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Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D Overview

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.
Five straight diaphragm blades are used to render crisp 10-point sun-stars when photographing point light sources with smaller aperture sizes.
Despite its ultra-wide design, this lens can accept 72mm screw-in filters on the front of the lens.

Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D Specs

Focal Length15mm
Maximum Aperturef/2
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View110°
Minimum Focus Distance5.91" / 15 cm
Maximum Magnification0.25x
Optical Design12 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades5
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.6 x 3.23" / 66 x 82 mm
Weight1.1 lb / 500 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.01 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.25 x 4.9 x 4.55"

Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D Reviews

This lens was a game changer

By Ann
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-10

This lens was exactly what I was hoping to find. I was having trouble finding something similar in other companies, and were also much more $$. This Venus lens is not super big or bulky, and is very sleek and sexy. I used it to take landscape photos, videos, Milkyway and starry sky stills, and time lapses. I was very pleased with the results. Would highly recommend this lens. I was also extremely happy with B&H, they provide excellent customer service.

Surprisingly good

By Charles
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-23

I wanted a wide lens and as everyone knows at this price for e-mount it can't be beat. Best at f8 imo but just a real fun lens. Feels very well built. Photo I posted I used a filter kit that was too small hence the strong vignetting.

Stellar

By Benjamin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-19

I highly recommend this lens. The image quality is superb. Although not completely zero distortion, it is very close. I feel like I’m using a 35mm. The build quality is also very nice. On my R5, images are sharp edge to edge and resolve beautifully even on the high resolution sensor. I’ve owned (and sold) the ef 17-40 L and ef 16-35 L. Both were underwhelming in my opinion despite solid reviews. This lens takes superior quality images to either that easily compensate for the lack of zoom. It is small and light, so it’s very easy to pack along. The close focus distance also allows for so many more creative opportunities. The lens shade does move around easily; gaffers tape fixed that problem easily. The lack of weather sealing is a bummer, but not a deal breaker. The image quality makes it worth it. Auto-focus would be fun, but the R system makes manual focus much easier than it used to be. Then again, no AF makes this a very small and light lens. I can confidently recommend this to any photographer. The price easily matches the quality. I like it so much, I’m considering other Laowa lenses now.

Very sharp!

By Thomas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-13

With no travel this year, I hadn’t used my copy very much. After reading reviews that claimed poor sharpness, I recently took some test shots on my Sony A7RIII with both a block wall and a wide landscape. I judge my copy to be excellent for sharpness across the entire frame from F/4 to F/11. At F/2.8 and F/2, the center is still very sharp but the edges are only good. Significant effort in Lightroom is necessary to deal with vignetting, as the auto corrections for this lens don’t vary with f-stop. Colors are sometimes off, e.g., my brown wall looks grey without correction. Despite the limitations, I plan to always travel with it for wide vistas.

Wasn't for me...

By nicholas
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-02

I purchased this lens as it had some decent reviews but I ended up selling it shortly after as I learned that it just wasn't for me. Negatives: 1.) The lens had some oily spots on it. They came off with a cleaning solution, but I think this goes to show the little effort that is put into quality control. 2.) The lens hood fits loosely and it is not reversible. 3.) It's manual focus, which I knew when buying it, but what I didn't know is that it does not work with the Nikon Z series bodies to show you your exposure. What I mean is your in-body exposure meter will not work with this lens. I actually think this is the fault of Nikon, not so much the lens, but nonetheless, it is a downside. And it should be possible because you can use the lens in priority modes and it automatically adjusts for you, so you know the camera is understanding how to read the scene, but when you put it in manual mode, you don't have a clue how your settings are affecting the exposure of the image. 4.) it's not weather-sealed 5.) I didn't find it to be all that sharp of a lens, even in the center. Pros: 1.) Cheaper than Nikon 2.) good job limiting distortion for such a wide-angle lens 3.) It's metal which some people like, but to be honest this could be a negative as well because it gets cold easily which you can feel in the winter months. It also means it produces more condensation when moving between warm and cold areas. ig @elladacanada

Spendy but worth it

By Eric
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-04

I really hesitated to get a fully manual lens at this price point but the optics are so so so clear. Worth the money for wide field work. When they say Zero D they are close to achieving that. I use for astro and lansdcape.

Great lens, new prospective

By Chris
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-29

Great lens, love the close focusing ability. Fast, Sharp ! Clear! Well made! Wish it was autofocus. Would definitely recommend

Sharp

By Dave
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-27

I bought this lens for astrophotography. On the first use I was able to capture detail on a full moon. (Yes, zoomed in). It is solidly made with metal barrel and well marked settings. I have also used for landscape shots with great results. I feel it is superior to other third market lenses I have owned.

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