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: 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).

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

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.

Details

Filter diameter:77mm
Lens elements:12
Groups:9
Diaphragm blades:14
Maximum aperture:f/4
Minimum aperture:f/22
Minimum focus:12cm
Length:64.7mm
Diameter:83.8cm
Weight:410g
Lens Mounts:Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony A, Sony E
  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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