Venus Optics Laowa 105mm F2 Smooth Trans Focus A-mount lens review by Cekari

reviewer#29639 date: Jul-23-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony Carl Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA Sonnar T*
Various Minolta/Sony macro lenses around 100mm
price paid:$699
positive:Very sharp but in the corners at F2,
From F2.8 to F5.6 the corners are great as well.
Very well controlled CA etc.
negative:Fare isn't so good close to against sun shots, and the plastic lens hood tends to reflect light into the lens if the angle towards the sun is to small.
Cateyes reflections away from center, not much but they are there.
comment:Just got this little marvel and it's going to be fun learning how to use it.
The focus ring goes the opposite way to all my other lenses,
the F-stop ring and the T-stop ring goes at different direction, so three rings and only one goes at the direction I'm used to, so this will be "fun" to try to remember.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 1
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.80
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