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

April 14, 2017

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



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


It’s quite rare to come across genuinely innovative new lenses in the photography market. In general, all the major manufacturers know what sells and what doesn’t, and aim to make new designs with higher resolution, faster maximum apertures or extended zoom range. On the whole they aren’t terribly interested in trying something radically different from anything they’ve done before – and understandably so.

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

Seeing a niche to exploit, the Chinese lens maker Laowa (formerly known as Venus Optics) has decided to buck this trend and concentrate solely on making unusual macro lenses. We quite liked its 60mm f/2.8 lens that’s capable of twice-life-size reproduction, but the lens under consideration here is a completely different proposition.

It’s an ultra-wideangle 15mm prime for full-frame DSLRs that’s capable of 1:1 macro, which in itself is an interesting proposition. However, it also has a shift facility to provide perspective control when used on cameras with APS-C-sized sensors. There’s really nothing else quite like it.

  • 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

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