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Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift

Discussion in 'Other Brands & Accessories' started by devotedtophotograhy, Nov 17, 2020.

  1. devotedtophotograhy

    devotedtophotograhy New Member

    Anyone has tried that out?
    Is it better than other tilt shift lens like Canon 17mm and 24mm tilt shift lens and Nikkon's 19mm tilt shift lens.
  2. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Not sure it's on general sale yet. I do know that Keith Cooper of Northlight Images has one on test, but not heard anything about it yet.

    Obviously it's wider than either the Canon or Nikon lens, but one possibly important point is that it's shift only, not a tilt/shift lens. I don't know what difference that would make to you; I use tilt on my 24 TS-E to employ the Scheimpflug principle to either maximise or minimise depth of field. Keith I know uses mostly shift for his architectural work.
  3. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    As Nick said it is very wide. Whether that makes for perspective issues when joining images (you can join shift-left with shift-right) to get a panorama type shot I don't know.

    I use a 24 TS-E. Before I bought it I used the 17 mm end of a 17-40. To avoid keystoning I used the camera portrait and cropped away the bottom half of the frame. As the edge performance of the 17-40 wasn't great there was a big improvement using the 24 TS-E which let me get closer and use the whole frame.

    So it depends what you want to take pictures of really. A shift lens is quite specialised. I bought my 24 TS-E because we were recording churches for family history records. If I made more use of a tripod I'd consider getting other TSE-lenses for landscape but I tend to photograph hand-held.
  4. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

  5. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I thought AP had covered it recently - but it might just have been reporting a press announcement - I'm not going though the magazine pile to make sure :)
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  6. devotedtophotograhy

    devotedtophotograhy New Member

    Thank you Benchista!!
    I will definitely keep an eye on Keith Cooper's review on the Laowa 15mm shift lens.
    Normally, i take pictures of architecture.
    I think shift function would be enough for me.

    A quick question, under what scenario will you use the 24mm TS-E to employ the Scheimpflug principle to either maximise or minimise depth of field?
    Any sample images? XD
  7. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    It isn’t very good but if you click through to Flickr you’ll find this and one without shift or tilt.

    [​IMG]IMG_0057 by Pete, on Flickr
  8. devotedtophotograhy

    devotedtophotograhy New Member

    Cool! Thank you so much!
  9. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    No problem.

    That was me playing about. The day I bought the lens I did a with/without shift only comparison (hand held) on this handy subject just around the corner from the camera shop.

    One thing to note, with a dslr and conventional metering you need a hand held meter as in-camera exposure measurement gets messed by shift. It is too easy to forget to take the exposure reading before you start messing about. With a mirrorless system (and perhaps also live-view) this shouldn’t be a problem. Judging focus should be easier on mirrorless (perhaps also live-view) because you can enlarge the image. The one thing modern cameras don’t do, which my 5D did, is light up all focus select points attaining focus when in manual focus mode. This was a great, if crude, tool using tilt as it showed up the focus plane. More modern DSLR (with LED overlay in viewfinder) just give a single focus confirm which is no use whatsoever as an aide.

    With shift
    [​IMG]IMG_0005.jpg by Pete, on Flickr

    Without shift
    [​IMG]IMG_0007.jpg by Pete, on Flickr

    If you buy the lens do let us know how you get on with it.

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