Some architecture shots with the LAOWA 9/2.8 & X-T1

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CeeDave Senior Member • Posts: 1,368
Some architecture shots with the LAOWA 9/2.8 & X-T1


I can’t say there was evidence for deep interest in this camera-lens combo in my earlier thread. Still, some may find these demo shots useful, and *I* think the shots show some potential for the lens (for my uses). All are low rez from a tablet, and are just meant to give an impression of what this lens can do in tight spots (not looking for critique, but would welcome comments or questions on the lens). A few notes, first...

  • I sometimes use a shift adapter and a moderately wide lens. However, I find that a bit fiddly, even compared integrated to tilt/shift lenses available on many systems.
  • As an alternative, sometimes I use a wide lens and try to shoot with the sensor parallel to the plane of interest, and crop as needed (typically a significant crop on the bottom). Often I shoot in portrait orientation and crop to a square at the top of the sensor, sort of a in-camera shift. This minimizes the need to adjust keystoning in post. Of course this “wastes” pixels, but then keystoning corrections do, too. A shift lens has an advantage here, but I don’t have any adapted lenses that are wide enough *and* have decent vignetting and distortion when shifted enough. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
  • I commonly still need to do some slight leveling, and more rarely, keystone corrections, in post.
  • None of the demos below have distortion correction (e.g., barrel), because the 9/2.8 is indeed nearly “zero d”.
  • No vignetting correction was applied.

Straight on view of New Orleans City Hall, showing The low distortion of this lens. It is handling a pretty high contrast scene (sun out of frame to left) pretty well.

Skyscrapers along Loyola Avenue, New Orleans. The wide lens has strongly converging lines for everything that’s not in the same plane as the sensor ... basically all but vertical lines, in this view, with the effect of course most pronounced for the nearest planes. Color seems a bit less saturated than my Fujifilm lenses...maybe.

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A couple of Fuji cameras and assorted X-mount and adapted primes

Comment & critique:
Please provide me constructive critique and criticism.
Fujifilm X-T1 Venus Laowa 9mm F2.8
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