Speed Review – Venus Optics 15mm f/4 1:1 Wide Angle Shift Lens
My Laowa 15mm f/4 from Venus Optics arrived today. This is the world’s first wide angle macro lens. Offering 15mm and 1:1 macro capabilities. Manual aperture and manual focus with a shift mechanism is added at the rear end of the lens with a maximum adjustment of +/- 6mm, which is extremely useful for landscape/architecture photography for distortion correction.
My first thoughts – This lens is interesting – Wide angle lenses typically don’t make good macros as you need to get close to achieve 1:1 and that’s true with this lens too. Some of the photos below I was actually touching the subjects.
Live view exposure simulation doesn’t work, leaves you to use the viewfinder and with manual focus only that can be tricky. I took a handful of images with the Canon T6s and the Canon 5D Mark III. I haven’t played with the shift mechanism yet – Will be posting more photos soon.
Example of the Shift function – Two images taken from the same location. Using shift to avoid distortion. Rollover to see shift in action.
Larger version of the house photos https://www.dropbox.com/home/Public/Laowa15mm
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