Andy Westlake tests an intriguing lens that mixes extreme wideangle macro with shift capability
Laowa LX FX 15mm f/4 Wide Angle 1:1 Macro review: Verdict
With its unusual combination of features, the Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro is one of the most intriguing lenses I’ve used for some time. Its combination of ultra-wideangle view and close focusing allows for unusual images, and the shift capability gives additional creative options for APS-C users. However, it still has a distinctly niche appeal. For most macro shooting, a longer lens usually works better, and its strong distortion is a problem when using shift for perspective control (to be fair, it’s not specifically designed for this purpose).
Despite all this, I enjoyed using the lens, mainly because it allows you to explore the world from a decidedly unusual perspective. It certainly won’t be for everyone, but I’m sure a lot of enthusiast photographers will find it to be an inspiring creative tool.