Venus Optics Laowa 4mm F2.8 Fisheye E-mount lens review by Snegren

reviewer#45781 date: Oct-25-2021
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:Nothing that I know of
price paid:EUR 269
positive:210 degrees angle of view, extreme distortion. Makes perfect circle in a black APSC frame, with post processing you can include circular artefacts in the black frame or remove them. It is a matter of taste. Well built with smooth adjustment for focus and aperture. The lens hood is just a cup that covers the entire lens (that is tiny and pancake) and well protects the extremely bulging front element.
negative:Very challenging lens to use. Composing, exposure adjustment is nothing like you are used to. The most difficult aspect is to hold the camera such that you don't get body parts in the frame. You have to use the exposure timer otherwise the 'trigger finger' will be in the frame. The other difficulty is to compose without getting feet or head in the frame.
comment:Don't try this lens on FE camera in APSC mode as the bulging handhold will be in the frame. It is a fun lens to use that produces remarkable and unique images.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 1
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 5.00
  • overall: 5.00 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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