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Venus Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide Angle 1:1 Macro Lens with Shift for Nikon F Mount
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- This Item Includes: Venus Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide Angle 1:1 Macro Lens - Front & Rear Lens Cap
- Full Frame Sensor Supported
- Multi-layer low-reflective coatings to avoid unnecessary flare
- The enclosure of the lens is made of metal to strengthen its durability.
- +/- 6mm Shift ability
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Venus Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide-Angled 1:1 Macro Lens the world's widest Macro lens for full frame cameras The Laowa 15mm f/4 1:1 Macro lens is the first lens in the market which possess a ultra wide angle of view and 1:1 Macro ability. This allows photographers from around the world to start experiencing the rather undeveloped field of "Wide Angle Macro Photography" without using a extension tube. Macro Lenses currently in the market tends to have a mid to long focal length and it limits users to take very close-up shots on the insect or flowers, without showing much of the background details like its habitat or environment. The new Laowa 15mm f/4 1:1 Macro lens features an ultra wide angle of view of 110 degrees with 1:1 maximum magnification. Photographers can focus very close to the subject and let the foreground dominates in the photo but at the same time, have the background telling viewers about where and how the subject lives. You picture will immediately become very informative and intriguing. The lens can also serve as an excellent ultra-wide angle lenses with infinity focus for cameras with full frame sensors. A shift mechanism is added at the rear end of the lens with a maximum adjustment of +/- 6mm, which is extremely useful for landscape/architecture photography for distortion correction. The lens houses with 12 elements in 9 groups with 3 pieces of High Refractive elements and 1 piece of Extra-low dispersion elements to deliver cry
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*very little barrel distortion
*inexpensive for the features
*it can focus close - if necessary
*Construction feels pretty solid and smooth
*15mm works on full frame camera
*The f-stop ring has no "clicks" its a free spinning ring
*F-stop ring is in front of the focus ring so you accidently move the fstop when trying to focus
*1:1 macro function is useless. It's nice that it focuses close, but to achieve 1:1, the subject is so close to the lens it's impossible to get light on the front of the subject.
*Shift actuation is not easy or smooth
*Shift function will cause vignetting on a full frame camera
I like the lens, and for the price, if you are looking for a very wide shift lens, then you can't beat it. If you are just looking for a really wide lens, there are some other options out there that might be a better choice. Do not expect to buy this and use the 1:1 macro function unless you can light THROUGH your subject. To achieve the 1:1 focus, the subject is going to be so close to the lens you cannot get light in front and it will be back-lit.
The shift function is great for architectural photography, and if that is what you are into, and your budget is tight then I would suggest this lens.
I shot a video of my review so you can see images and learn a bit more about what a true macro lens is, and tilt-shift lenses.
The petal lens hood is very finicky to screw on and off. When taking very close shots, you almost always have to take it off or it will either bump into your subject and cast a shadow. 1:1 is very difficult to utilize and I haven't yet found a situation where I wanted to press the front element against anything, because you almost have to when using the closest focus...
The lens overall feels very sturdy and solid, and has a good weight to it. Good combination of brass plastic and metal. Besides my troublesome pedal hood, everything else is pretty solid. One thing to note is that it was impossible to see where the lens needs to line up with the camera body lens mount. There is a microscopic red dot on the metal, near the shift release that is very difficult to see.
Speaking of shift, it's a great addition honestly, and gives me additional incentive to use this lens for adding more interesting perspective, or straightening out lines of tall buildings when shooting this at this focal length.The lens shifts up and down well enough and definitly provides some interesting results.
As far as sharpness goes, it will actually surprise you. My expectations were average, and my copy of this lens really impressed me in terms of sharpness.