There really is no other lens quite like the Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide Angle Macro lens. We’re not commenting specifically on its quality (keep on reading for that), but what it is and what it can do.
First point to note, this is the widest lens with 1:1 macro capabilities. The positively exceptional minimum close focusing distance of 12cm means that it’s possible to position the camera extremely close to your subjects. However, we’re not 100% convinced that an ultra-wide angle lens really shows off the macro world in the same way that a telephoto lens can.
Then there is the shift function of the lens, with a ±6mm shift capability when used with an APS-C format camera (you’ll get vignetting when using full-frame). So, it’s also the widest shift lens offering perspective control that we know of.
For such a lens, the Laowa 15mm f/4 is a snip, at £499. Also, as far as we know it is the only tilt/ shift lens available in Sony A/ E/ FE and Pentax K mounts.
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