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Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D Lens for Nikon Z

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Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D Lens for Nikon Z
Key Features
  • Z-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
A fast and bright wide-angle prime, the Nikon Z-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

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A fast and bright wide-angle prime, the Nikon Z-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 is designed for FX-format Nikon Z-mount mirrorless cameras.
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

Key Specs
Focal Length
15mm
Maximum Aperture
f/2
Lens Mount
Nikon Z
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
72 mm (Front)
Maximum Aperture
f/2
Minimum Aperture
f/22
Lens Mount
Nikon Z
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Angle of View
110°
Minimum Focus Distance
5.91" / 15 cm
Maximum Magnification
0.25x
Optical Design
12 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
5
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
2.6 x 3.23" / 66 x 82 mm
Weight
1.1 lb / 500 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
2.12 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
7.2 x 4.8 x 4.5"

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

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How controlled is barrel distortion on this lens? ...

How controlled is barrel distortion on this lens? I’m interested in it for architectural interiors but hesitant because some Astro lenses don’t put tech into controlling BD. Has anyone tested this lens shooting arch?
Asked by: Lawrence
The distortion is minimal on this lens from what we have seen. It would be a fine choice for shooting architecture.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2020-03-19

Is the Laowa lens a weather resistant design like ...

Is the Laowa lens a weather resistant design like Rokinon's 14mm f/2.8?
Asked by: Scott
I'm sorry, this lens does not have weather sealing.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2019-12-24

Is the lens hood for the Venus Optics Laowa 15mm ...

Is the lens hood for the Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D Lens for Nikon Z removable like the lens hood for the 12mm f/2.8?
Asked by: Charles
Yes the lens hood is removable.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2019-09-20

Will lens transmit EXIF data to camera?

Will lens transmit EXIF data to camera?
Asked by: Michael
This lens will not transmit EXIF data since it lacks an electronic contact to the lens mount.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2020-01-29

One comment said you can't see the exposure when ...

One comment said you can't see the exposure when taking the picture? Is this true? I find that hard to believe. Thank you.
Asked by: Laura
Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D Lens for Nikon Z is a full manual operation lens. It does not have electronic contacts to communicate with the camera therefore the aperture information is not available in the camera or under the file metadata. Any other exposure information is display on the camera.
Answered by: llinelva
Date published: 2022-04-28

Does lens have any communications with the camera ...

Does lens have any communications with the camera at all?
Asked by: David
No, this lens has no electronic contacts.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-02-15

Does this lenses has focus lock ? Like the ...

Does this lenses has focus lock ? Like the samyang 14mm mark II . Thanks
Asked by: Shoeb
No. This lens does not have the option to lock the focus. Though you have to manually turn the focus ring for focus to shift.
Answered by: Yaakov
Date published: 2021-07-08

I am considering this lens for real estate ...

I am considering this lens for real estate videography, I also saw that there is the Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 and other lenses from other brands. I would like a lens that has no distortion at all and is of good quality. Which of the two do you recommend? Thank you
Asked by: Davide
The Laowa is sharp and has very little distortion, that is a great choice for RE photography.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-02-15
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