Andy Westlake tests an intriguing lens that mixes extreme wideangle macro with shift capability

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Laowa LX FX 15mm f/4 Wide Angle 1:1 Macro

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Laowa LX FX 15mm f/4 Wide Angle 1:1 Macro review

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£419.00

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Laowa LX FX 15mm f/4 Wide Angle 1:1 Macro review: Build and handling

Almost the entirety of the lens’s exterior barrel is made from metal, giving a very solid feel to the build. However, the complete lack of any cosmetic styling, and the painted-on focus and distance scales that use mismatched fonts, give a decidedly utilitarian impression.

Laowa LX FX 15mm f/4 Wide Angle 1:1 Macro

Operationally, both the aperture and focus rings rotate smoothly without any backlash. The shift mechanism is a slight let-down, though, as it operates by friction alone, and is released from the centred position by pushing an oddly shaped metal tab. In contrast, ‘proper’ shift lenses designed for architectural work use a precise geared movement instead, and often allow the direction of shift to be rotated relative to the sensor. But to be fair this would probably add considerably to the price.

Laowa LX FX 15mm f/4 Wide Angle 1:1 Macro

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Laowa LX FX 15mm f/4 Wide Angle 1:1 Macro review: Features
  3. 3. Laowa LX FX 15mm f/4 Wide Angle 1:1 Macro review: Build and handling
  4. 4. Laowa LX FX 15mm f/4 Wide Angle 1:1 Macro review: Practical use
  5. 5. Laowa LX FX 15mm f/4 Wide Angle 1:1 Macro review: Image quality
  6. 6. Laowa LX FX 15mm f/4 Wide Angle 1:1 Macro review: Using Shift
  7. 7. Laowa LX FX 15mm f/4 Wide Angle 1:1 Macro review: Resolution, shading and curvilinear distortion
  8. 8. Laowa LX FX 15mm f/4 Wide Angle 1:1 Macro review: Verdict
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