The world’s widest 1:1 macro lens Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 will be available in Nikon F mount

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Just a quick note in case you are not following PhotoRumors (you should!) - the world’s widest 1:1 macro lens, the Laowa 15mm f/4 that got announced by Venus Optics earlier today, will be available also in Nikon F mount. The price is $479 (available for pre-order). Read all the details and see some interesting sample images taken with the new lens over at PhotoRumors.

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  • Patrick O’Connor

    I was really interested until reading tilt is only available on aps-c sensored cameras. I already do wide-angle macro with a really short extension tube.

    • Maji

      Very good catch!!! I almost missed that point and was getting excited but not anymore.

    • doge

      The specs definitely say full frame camera supported.

      • Patrick O’Connor

        But the tilt function is only available on an aps-c camera.
        Just out of curiosity, did you really intentionally vote yourself up? I’ve seen other people do that and always assumed it was accidental.

        • Duncan Dimanche

          hahaha he did vote himself up…. if no one will then HE will !

          • quickfix

            it’s like a pat on the back for a job well done — or it can be the fear of not being liked

        • neversink

          Full frame tilt not supported!!!

          off topic – Disqus has some strange rules. They no longer publicly record down votes but have a down vote button, which makes the whole voting procedure absurd. And I just discovered one can up-vote their own posts. Ho absurd. This is the internet. Controversy thrives here. Disqus should change their name to Pablum, as their name currently can be associated with intelligent debate – or they should just get rid of the voting system. Now for my morning coffee after my morning rant!!!!

          • neversink

            After looking at the sample images, I am convinced that the method I described in the above post with extension tubes and a sharp wide-angle lens will give you much sharper, clearer and satisfactory results compared to the Venus. The sample images look incredibly soft to my eye. The results you will get with an extension tube and a good wide-angle prime or zoom lens should be much superior.

          • Yup

          • What’s wrong with upvoting your own comments?

            Reddit works the same way for posts, only it’s automatic.

            • jtan163

              Well it reddit does it it must be ok…

    • FDF

      Actually, it’s not even tilt, it’s just shift. Useless gimmick. Super wide macro sounds intriguing, but forget about living subjects.

      • Patrick O’Connor

        My bad. You’re right, totally useless.

    • Paul Glastra

      Patrick, I just got myself a revuenon 24mm for wide angle macro with my ff d750, can you tell me how long my ext tube should be?
      I’m guessing about 10mm but I’m not quite sure

      • Patrick O’Connor

        I’ve never heard of a 10mm extension tube. In any case, the only tubes for your lens that I’m aware of, are Nikon’s PK-11A (8mm) and that’s going to be barely usable and the K1 (5.8mm), which is older. Some folks build DIY tubes.
        Good luck.

        • Paul Glastra

          Ok tnx

          • Patrick O’Connor

            Keep in mind I’m not really a “gear” guy. I’m all about the photo.

  • $500 for a 15mm, that already is great! And it can focus that close !!! Looking forward to get more feedback regarding its optical performance!

    • Well, looking at the barrel/moustache distorsion … the samyang 14mm 2.8 looks more tempting I guess.

  • I’d like to see the 1:1 samples – everything shown in the current images can be achieved by any 15mm prime.

    • Eric Duminil

      There’s a big gotcha. To get 1:1 macro with this lens you literally would have to put the front element against the thing you’d like to photograph. You don’t get any light anymore on the subject.

      • That was one of my thoughts, too – I guess we’ll have to see if they solved for this.

        • Eric Duminil

          I don’t think they changed geometry theorems just for this lens 😉

  • true

    What a good times to be aps-c owner…..

    oh wait, everyone’s been saying aps-c dead? nvm

  • neversink

    For better results with wide-angle macro photography than this lens, get some extension tubes and attach them to your lenses. Use an old manual focus lens or turn the Auto Focus button to Manual. Zooms will work, but I find primes are better, though the results on the 14-24 and 17-35 or 16-35 are very good. I would not use a 28-300 zoom or any zoom that actually zooms beyond 35mm.

    To determine the magnification that you will need, use this formula:

    Magnification = the length of the extension tube / focal length.

    Here is an example: a 24mm lens with an extension tube of 12mm will give you a magnification of 0.5 times or 1:2

    12 (the length of the extension tube) divided by 24 (the focal length) equals a magnification of 0.5

    So you would need a 24mm extension on a 24 mm lens for 1:1
    This formula works when the focus is set at infinity. But as you turn the focus ring away from infinity, the internal focusing can vary your magnification. Each lens is different depending upon which extension tubes are used.

    Unless you really are searching for the precise hyper focal distance where everything is in focus, the tilt is unnecessary. If hyper-focal precision is what you are after, Nikon made a bellows attachment (check eBay) which will work much better than a built in tilt as you will also get shift. It works in place of the extension tube and its length can be adjusted. My Nikon bellows is sitting in storage and I haven’t used it in years. I prefer to work more simply these days….

    An even cheaper, and easier method is to purchase some threaded magnifying filters of different magnifying power and put them on the frond of your lens, but image quality will be severely reduced and you won’t get that incredible depth of field that wide angle macro photography will give you with the extension tube or bellows.

    In conclusion – this new Venus lens is an innovative idea, but probably won’t have has good results has a sharper lens with extension tubes. And with several different size extension tubes and different wide-angle lenses of varying focal lengths, you will have a more versatile macro system than buying this lens, which I obviously haven’t tested.

    (I think I will post this on the Photo Rumors page as well…..)

    • neversink

      Now -After looking at the sample images, I am convinced that the method I described in the above post with extension tubes and a sharp wide-angle lens will give you much sharper, clearer and satisfactory results compared to the Venus. The sample images look incredibly soft to my eye. The results you will get with an extension tube and a good wide-angle prime or zoom lens should be much superior.

      • And you tell all of this lack of sharpness by looking at a web sized photo?

    • Petapixel has an article on this as well if you want to repeat there – I think its a comment worth discussing 🙂

      • neversink

        Will check it out when I have a chance. Thanks for the tip….

  • Michael Erlewine

    I bought the Venus 60mm Macro 2x lens and sent it back because the focus throw was <90 degrees, which made it VERY hard to focus. Also, it is not well corrected. A wider-angle lens like the 15mm needs a very long focus throw to focus with (with a magnified viewfinder) to make sure the near focus spot is in focus. My bet is that the Venus 15mm has another short focus throw. I wish one of the big companies would make a rectangular fisheye with a long focus throw and as much correction as ultra-wide-angle lenses will allow.

  • Raphael Bruckner

    I think is really cool is the 12cm focusing range with the wide angle aspect and Marco tubes are useful…..however this lens is game changer. I for one will be getting this lens

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