Venus Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D Review

Laowa continues to release new, exciting lens designs, this time offering an ultra-wide 15mm lens for Sony full frame mirrorless cameras, but with the added bonus of a staggeringly fast f/2 aperture. Combined with close focusing down to one quarter life size, new possibilities are opened up for creative ultra-wide photography. We take a close look at how the lens performs in practice, using the Sony Alpha 7 camera body.

Handling and Features

The front element is relatively small, certainly compared with the traditional 15mm f/3.5 lenses for manual focus SLRs, first introduced in the early 1970s. This means that standard 72mm filters can be used, although slim ones would seem a suitable precaution against vignetting. Laowa use a special “Frog Eye Coating” to repel dirt, grease and water from the front glass of the lens. Surrounding the filter thread is a bayonet fitting for the provided petal shaped lenshood.

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