Venus Optics Announces the Laowa 15mm f/4; The World’s Widest 1:1 Macro Lens

Jun 23, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Venus Optics Announces the Laowa 15mm f/4; The World’s Widest 1:1 Macro Lens

Jun 23, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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Venus Optics, which recently made headlines with its 2:1 60mm f/2.8 macro lens with infinity focus, is back with another unusual.

This time it’s the manual focus Laowa 15mm f/4 wide-angle macro lens – an extremely interesting full-frame lens capable of creating highly unusual images.

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Below are some of the Laowa 15mm’s specs:

  • 110 degrees of view angle
  • 1:1 macro ability with infinity focus
  • +/- 6mm Shift ability
  • 12 elements in 9 groups with 3 pieces of High Refractive elements and 1 piece of Extra-low dispension lens
  • Multi-layer low-reflective coatings to avoid unnecessary flare
  • Carefully control on the sharpness both in the centre and the edge.
  • Limited barrel distortion
  • 14 pieces of aperture blades form a close-to-circular aperture
  • Flat Front element surface for filter installation.
  • The enclosure of the lens is made of metal to strengthen its durability.
  • Weight: 410g
  • 77mm filter thread

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The lens will start shipping from late July for $479 and will be available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha A, Sony FE & Pentax K mounts.

The links doesn’t seem to be working right now, but you should be able to pre-order the lens here.

The video below shows some of what this game-changing lens is capable of:

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[via Photo Rumors]

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4 responses to “Venus Optics Announces the Laowa 15mm f/4; The World’s Widest 1:1 Macro Lens”

  1. Andrew Sharpe Avatar
    Andrew Sharpe

    For 1:1 with a 50mm lens, you have very little working room. With a 15, you must be nearly touching the lens to the subject. What is the actual working distance for this lens?

    1. bob Avatar
      bob

      0.47cm :)

      1. Jason Wright Avatar
        Jason Wright

        Pretty sure the snail in the video does touch the lens and they have to move it.
        Amazing images, I love this lens.

  2. TURNERO Avatar
    TURNERO

    How do they get the moon to fill the frame with a 15mm lens in the video?