Venus Laowa 17mm F1.8 User Reviews

Announced Oct 21, 2019 •
Prime lens | Micro Four Thirds

Cons (1) Vignetting (1.1) At 1.8 its pretty bad (> 2 stops), gets better at 2.8, some is still present at 4.0 and 5.6 in the far corners (2) Focus throw too short (2.1) Seems like either 90 or 110 degree, the last few degrees go from 1m to infinity. I'm used to older ...

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I received the Laowa 17/1.8 last week and yesterday I was able to take it out for a test. My reason for purchasing this manual focus lens was to be able to reliably use zone focusing for my street photography. Prior to the Laowa, I've been using the Panasonic 20/1.7 and Panasonic Leica 15/1.7 for zone focusing. Because I walk around for hours at a time, trying to capture sudden and randomly appearing photo ops, I keep the camera turned off to conserve battery life. But because I'm using zone ...

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