Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f4 Macro A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 3   
reviewer#29653 date: Aug-12-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony ZA 16-35 f2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:sharp and natural color
negative:distortion is very bad, and when used at FF camera is worse vignette
comment:i think with it price is very nice because we get wide lens 15mm on FF camera and we get wide macro lens
reviewer#29644 date: Jul-31-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Various other wide-angle lenses, which do not reach 1:1 magnification and longer macro lenses
price paid:USD 455
positive:+ 1:1 Macro
+ Close focusing
negative:- Very short minimum focus distance at 1:1 (you have to remove the hood to archive this magnification)
- On sunny days the lens may shadow parts of the image from certain angles
- Flimsy hood attachment mechanism (easily tilts -> black corners)
- no EXIF (or any other electronic contact with the camera)
comment:This is an unique lens. As a fully manual lens with short focusing distances it takes some time to master (especially if aiming at 1:1 macros), but when everything goes right you can sure capture pictures with interesting views.
reviewer#28619 date: Jul-4-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:It's kind of special so what to compare with?
price paid:$499
positive:1:1 macro at 15mm, sharper than you might think in this class. Light. Works great on a99 and a7FII types of cameras as you see what you do, without losing view so to say.
negative:No report back to camera about settings on f-stop. (Exif)
comment:The shift function on FF needs some cropping in PP so don't put important parts close to the corners, and remove the hood as well.

Just to fun to work with this lens from macro to closeups on cars and other subjects.
Just love it.

It says 2016, but in fact it came 2015.

Price includes world wide shipping if bought here:http://www.venuslens.net
reviews found: 3   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 3
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 4.33
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 3.33
  • flare control: 3.33
  • overall: 3.90

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