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Product Overview

Venus Laowa 15mm F4 1:1 Macro is a manual-focus ultra wide-angle macro lens for Canon EF-mount, Leica L-mount, Nikon F-mount, Pentax K-mount, Sony A-mount, and Sony E-mount. It is one of the widest macro lens that covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Laowa in 2015, it has 12 elements in 9 groups.
Unfortunately, Laowa has opted to omit weather sealing for this lens, so owners should pay extra attention when shooting in incremental weathers.
The 1x magnification opens up a lot of opportunity for macro shots. Manual focus can be a blessing in this case. As an ultra wide-angle prime lens that happens to have relatively small maximum aperture, it is also suited for landscape photography. Even though the lens is not stabilized, at this focal range it does not usually matter. In fact, some may be able to get cleaner corners without image stabilization. Those who like sunstars (sun bursts) will be pleased by the lens' even-numbered aperture count, though conversely those who find sunstars distracting may have the opposite feeling.

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What we found**

Neoscore: 50% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • 1:1 reproduction
  • One of the widest macro lens for FF
  • Unique +/- 6mm shift feature
Cons
  • Dark maximum aperture
  • Lacks weather sealing
  • No EXIF communication

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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
14 blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Ultra Wide-Angle Prime Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Barrel
Physical aperture ring
Lens Mount
Canon EF-mount, Leica L-mount, Nikon F-mount, Pentax K-mount, Sony A-mount, Sony E-mount
Optical Formula | Elements
12 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
9 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
Three high refractive and one ED element groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
77 mm / 3.03 in
Size | Diameter
84 mm / 3.31 in
Size | Length
65 mm / 2.56 in
Weight
410 g / 14.49 oz

Function

Angle Of View
110.6° Diagonal | 100.4° Horizontal | 77.3° Vertical
Aperture
f/4 ~ f/32
Autofocus
No
Focal Length
15 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
No

Performance

Max Magnification
1x
Min Focus Distance
470 mm / 18.50 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2015-06-23
Made In
China

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