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02-14-2016, 07:51 AM   #1
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Laowa 12mm F2.8 UWA fast FF lens

http://forum.xitek.com/thread-1546399-1-1-1.html

Anyone with LBA around?

02-14-2016, 07:54 AM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by beholder3 Quote
♥♥♥LAOWA 12mm

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sounds we are checking the same site...
02-14-2016, 07:56 AM   #3
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Yes. I just think a different lens deserves its own thread.
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Nice, Laowa starting to put some pressure on Samyang.

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Nice and selfexplanatory samples.
Hope they used K-1 for these
02-14-2016, 08:29 AM   #6
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QuoteOriginally posted by Zygonyx Quote
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Hope they used K-1 for these
I'm afraid the EXIF data say otherwise (Sony Alpha 7R)
02-14-2016, 10:47 AM   #7
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Yes, just hoping... they make it available in K mount soon
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(Absence of) distortion is impressive.



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Amount of vignetting not so impressive.
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It looks like an interesting lens!
Years ago, i owned a Zenitar 16mm F/2.8 fisheye, it is a rather good lens but as it is a fisheye one, i found it a bit time consuming to defisheye the photos so i sold the lens.
This 12mm could be very interesting as it is rectilinear and without distorsions, i can't wait to know its price.
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manual focus only. not a major drawback but still...
02-15-2016, 07:02 AM   #12
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QuoteOriginally posted by wallli77jp Quote
manual focus only. not a major drawback but still...
I have Samyang 14mm, which is MF only. Its not a problem, if you shoot around f5.6-f11, you can catch hyperfocal pretty well. Only need to focus when doing close ups or using wide aperture. The 12mm is even wider, so that will be less of a problem.
I think bigger problem will be lack of A on aperture ring. But for such a niche lens, maybe not?
I hope this lens doesn't have the problems that Samyang 14mm used to have - decentering, quality control, miscalibated focus..
02-15-2016, 01:09 PM   #13
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Here is a the Google translate link to the site.

"Lens specifications are as follows (near 0 distortion, so named for the ZERO-D)

Lens number ZERO-D 12mmF2.8
12mm focal distance
Aperture 2.8
FOV 121.96
Lens Construction 10 groups 16 (2 aspherical glass, anomalous dispersion glass 3)
Diaphragm blades 7 Minimum aperture 22
Recent shooting distance (object distance image) 18cm
Maximum magnification of 0.2 times Drive Manual focus (MF)
Lens filter diameter non dimensions (diameter / length) of about Φ74.8 82.2 mm Weight Approx. 570g
"
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QuoteOriginally posted by beholder3 Quote
♥♥♥LAOWA 12mm

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Looks like I'll be selling my Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 for this lens... that will make 4 Manual focus lenses having a prime position in my kit, the others are the Rokinon 8mm F3.5, Venus 15mm F4.0 1:1 Macro+Shift and Samyang 135mm F2.0

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mistral75 Quote
(Absence of) distortion is impressive.
Actually looks like a hint of mustache pincushion distortion... albeit it a hint! not a lot!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Na Horuk Quote
I have Samyang 14mm, which is MF only. Its not a problem, if you shoot around f5.6-f11, you can catch hyperfocal pretty well. Only need to focus when doing close ups or using wide aperture. The 12mm is even wider, so that will be less of a problem.
I think bigger problem will be lack of A on aperture ring. But for such a niche lens, maybe not?
I hope this lens doesn't have the problems that Samyang 14mm used to have - decentering, quality control, miscalibated focus..
I can get along quite well with the Venus 15mm F4.0 that lacks an A-position, yes it can lead to a dark VF but focusing is really a non-issue for anything like architecture or landscape. for macro since there are no click stops i focus at F4.0 then estimate how far to move the aperture before taking the photo, usually all the way over to F32 then back a bit for F22 or F16
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Looks like it might be a good close focus lens if I'm reading the translated spec sheet right "Recent shooting distance (object distance image) 18cm" basically 7 inches.

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