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Venus Optics Laowa 15mm F4 1:1 Macro

Sharpness 
 8.0
Aberrations 
 7.0
Bokeh 
 9.0
Handling 
 8.0
Value 
 8.0
Reviews Views Date of last review
1 11,253 Sat September 26, 2015
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Recommended By Average Price Average User Rating
100% of reviewers $479.00 7.00
Venus Optics Laowa 15mm F4 1:1 Macro

Venus Optics Laowa 15mm F4 1:1 Macro
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Venus Optics Laowa 15mm F4 1:1 Macro
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Description:

A full frame ultra-wide lens that doubles as a true macro lens with 1:1 magnification. The lens is quite unique in that it shifts +/-6mm for perspective correction. The shift function only works when the lens is used for the APS-C format. On FF shifting will produce dark corners.

The lens has no stop down lever and no lens information contacts. You focus with the lens wide open and then turn the aperture ring to the desired F-stop and shoot. The aperture ring has no click stops. You can shoot in manual and Av exposure modes.

Forum member MightyMike's experience with this lens is written up here.


Venus Optics Laowa 15mm F4 Macro
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
Pentax K
Aperture Ring
Yes (no A setting)
Diaphragm
Automatic, 14 blades (rounded)
Optics
12 elements, 9 groups
Mount Variant
K
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F4
Min. Aperture
F32
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
12 cm
Max. Magnification
1x
Filter Size
77 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 87 ° / 77 °
Full frame: 110 ° / 100 °
Hood
Included
Case
Lens Cap
Included
Coating
Multi-coated
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Shift
Diam x Length
83.8x64.7 mm (3.3x2.55 in.)
Weight
410 g (14.5 oz.)
Production Years
(in production)
Pricing
$499 USD current price
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
Shift works on the APS-C format only. The working distance at 1:1 magnification is just about 5mm (subject to front element).

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Mount Type: Pentax K



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Registered: November, 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 7,244
Lens Review Date: September 26, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $479.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Unique, multi-featured ultrawide lens with filter threads
Cons: Completely manual but this can be a plus as it makes you consider your photo more carefully
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 8    Camera Used: K-3   

I could write a whole bunch about it here but you're better off reading my initial review on the lens posted here

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/54-pentax-lens-articles/303686-venus-laow...w-samples.html

Needless to say be careful to know what you're getting into with this lens, on the surface is sounds great but if you don't know in what ways it will limit you you're basically going in blind. For me personally its an excellent multi-featured lens and I knew going in that it would not be as easy to use as a modern AF lens but i also saw the benefits for me and they outweighed any negatives.
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