Venus Optics Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero D E-mount lens review by Cekari

reviewer#36806 date: Mar-30-2017
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 12-24mm 4.5-5.6 DG EX (old lens but still ok).
price paid:$829.00
positive:Zero-D = no distorsion if used right.
Very sharp, and great DOF.
Works very well with my a7rII.
Works also very well will the Lens Compensation app for the camera.
negative:No electronic feedback to the camera whatsoever, so hard to remember the f-setting for the shot.
comment:It's fun to shot with and quite easy for distance shots (beyond 4m) as you set it at infinity and all you have to do is choose the f-stop, aim and shoot.
Quite demanding when shooting buildings or other strait lines subjects as one really need to keep the camera at perfect level for the Zero-D to show its strength, same as with all very short wa lenses but this one actually works great.
I was going to rate it with a 5 for sharpness, but then I got my Sony FE 100/2.8 STF GM OSS so I had to step back half a point just to be fair but still very sharp for a 12mm lens.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 3
  • sharpness: 4.83
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.67
  • overall: 4.90 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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