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Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift Lens for Canon EF

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Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift Lens for Canon EF
Key Features
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5 to f/22
  • +/- 11mm of Shift, 360° Rotation
  • Two Aspherical Elements
Pairing an exceptionally wide field of view with the ability to correct for perspective distortion, the Canon EF-mount Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift from Venus Optics is an ideal lens for architecture and interior applications. The broad 110° angle of view is complemented by an impressive +/- 11mm shift range to compensate for unwanted converging lines and keystone distortion. This shift control is further complemented by a 360° rotation mechanism applying the movements in various directions for to suit both horizontal and vertical orientation shooting. Additionally, as part of the Zero-D lens series, this 15mm f/4.5 also renders scenes with a high degree of accuracy and very low distortion.
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Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift Overview

Pairing an exceptionally wide field of view with the ability to correct for perspective distortion, the Canon EF-mount Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift from Venus Optics is an ideal lens for architecture and interior applications. The broad 110° angle of view is complemented by an impressive +/- 11mm shift range to compensate for unwanted converging lines and keystone distortion. This shift control is further complemented by a 360° rotation mechanism applying the movements in various directions for to suit both horizontal and vertical orientation shooting. Additionally, as part of the Zero-D lens series, this 15mm f/4.5 also renders scenes with a high degree of accuracy and very low distortion.

In terms of optics, two aspherical elements and three extra-low dispersion elements are featured, which reduce both spherical and chromatic aberrations for high sharpness and clarity. An anti-reflective coating also helps to control flare and ghosting for heightened contrast and color rendering. The lens uses a manual focus design for working with subjects as close a 7.9" away and has a five-blade diaphragm for producing distinct 10-point sun stars.

Ultra-wide lens is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount cameras but can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 24mm equivalent focal length.
As part of the Zero-D series, this lens has a rectilinear design that renders subjects with minimal distortion in order to suit architectural, interior, and landscape applications.
Integrated +/- 11mm of shift adjustment helps to correct perspective distortion and eliminate keystone distortion.
Large 65mm-diameter image circle easily covers full-frame sensors without any vignetting. Additionally, this lens can also be adapted to medium format mirrorless cameras (44 x 33mm sensor), where up to +/- 8mm of shift is available.
The shift control works in conjunction with 360° of rotation for applying the shift in various directions, benefitting switching between vertical and horizontal shooting orientations, and the rotation mechanism has click stops at 15° increments for intuitive handling.
Two aspherical elements limit spherical aberrations and distortion for improved sharpness and accurate rendering.
Three extra-low dispersion elements reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for increased clarity and color neutrality.
Updated anti-reflective coating suppresses flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy when working in strong lighting conditions.
Manual focusing design and a minimum focusing distance of 7.9" suits working with close-up subjects.
Five-blade diaphragm produces distinct 10-point sun stars and specular highlights when stopped-down and photographing point light sources.
Compatible with optional Shift Lens Support for more balanced mounting and to better enable using the lens for shift-type stitched panorama shooting without parallax error.

Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift Specs

Focal Length15mm
Maximum Aperturef/4.5
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountCanon EF
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Angle of View110°
Tilt-Shift+/- 11 mm Shift
Minimum Focus Distance7.9" / 20 cm
Optical Design17 Elements in 11 Groups
Diaphragm Blades5
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Tripod CollarRemovable (Optional)
Filter SizeNone
Dimensions (ø x L)3.1 x 4.1" / 79 x 103 mm
Weight1.3 lb / 597 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.395 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.2 x 4.95 x 4.5"
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In short, it's not compatible. Mechanically, it may fit but you have a risk of damaging the master lens even optically if the tip of the teleconverter (extender) hits the rear element of this Laowa. My guess is it would fit, but I'm not sure whether you could fully tilt or shift. Even it fits (like to TS-E 17 or 24), perhaps you have to insulate the electrical contact between the body and the teleconverter because this Laowa lens does not have the electrical contact. I would not think the staff can confirm as manufactures never mention whether attaching teleconverter is possible; that's why I said not compatible at the beginning. You might want to wait until a user, who is brave enough to try, to post a review.
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Yes the Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift Lens for Canon EF can be adapted to a Canon RF mount camera or Leica L mount camera.
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