Venus Laowa 15mm F4 1:1 Macro Overview

Announced Jun 23, 2015 •
Mirror prime lens | Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF3, Sony/Minolta Alpha, Sony FE
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Product description
Announced Jun 23, 2015

The LAOWA 15mm lens is one of the widest full-frame lenses to offer a full 1:1 magnification ratio. Admittedly, this magnification only occurs when the object is 0.2 inches (4.7mm) from the rather large front element of this lens, but that's the trade off between a wide angle of view and the desire for 'true' macro abilities.

In addition to the headline feature, this entirely manual lens (manual focus; manual aperture; no communication to the camera body) also includes a shift mechanism to physically move the optics up or down along the lens mount. This shift provides perspective correction for converging lines, as well as a way to create seamless panoramas (though the shift direction is fixed to the frame's vertical axis).

Quick specs
Lens type Prime lens
Focal length 15 mm
Image stab. No
Lens mount Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF3, Sony/Minolta Alpha, Sony FE
Max aperture F4
Min aperture F32
Min focus 0.47 m (18.5)
Max magnification 1×
Weight 410 g (0.90 lb)
Length 65 mm (2.56)

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