Object of Desire: Venus Optics Laowa 15mm

October 13, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Wide-angle macro photography may sound a bit like an oxymoron, but the China-based Venus Optics thinks it’s a unique enough hook to gain traction in the ultra-competitive third party lens market. The company’s new Laowa 15mm is, they claim, the world’s widest macro lens for full-frame cameras with a 1:1 magnification, so you can shoot up close while retaining a wide angle without an extension tube. This manual-focus lens has a minimum working distance of 0.19 inches with a minimum aperture of f/4, stopping down to f/32. It features a +/- 6mm shift function—which is only available when shooting on an APS-C sensor camera—to correct lens distortions during architectural photography. It can also focus to infinity, so you’re not restricted to only macro photography. The Laowa 15mm features 14 aperture blades, a metal body and multi-layer, low-reflective coatings on the lens elements to reduce flare. The front of the lens is flat, so you can attach 77mm filters if need be. It’s sold in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A and FE, plus Pentax K mounts. For an extra $20, Venus will sell you an adapter for Micro Four Thirds, NEX or FX camera mounts. 

PRICE: $479

INFO: www.venuslens.net

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