The Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens offers an amazing 1:1 magnification ratio, completely natively, without the use of extension tubes. It’s also one of the widest macro lenses available, with a 110° field of view on full frame cameras, allowing you to get incredibly close to your subjects and their environment. When used with APS-C cameras, the lens offers an 85° field of view, with a built-in shift mechanism for perspective correction when photographing things like buildings.
Wide Angle Macro Lens with 1:1 Magnification Ratio
The Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide Angle Macro Lens has a maximum magnification of 1:1, projecting objects in focus at actual-size onto the sensor. This makes the lens great for wide-angle macro photography of small subjects, like insects, while still maintaining good background clarity. The lens has a 110° ultra wide angle of view when used with a full frame camera, and 85° when used with APS-C cameras.
Manual Focus and Minimum Working Distance of 0.47 cm
The Laowa macro lens has a working distance of just 0.47cm from the front element of the lens, letting you get extremely close 1:1 magnification images when used at this distance. Focusing is entirely manual and internal, meaning that even up close, you’re less likely to startle off any live subjects.
Vertical Shift to Correct Perspective
The lens has a built-in shift mechanism that provides a maximum +/-6 of vertical shift to help correct minor distortions in perspective when using an APS-C camera or when using crop modes. This can be especially useful when photographing things like buildings or capturing seamless panoramas.
Aperture Range between f/4 to f/32
Using the aperture ring, you can choose from a wide range of f/4 to f/32, allowing you to shoot in a variety of lighting conditions. Engraved on the lens body are both aperture and distance scales which are helpful for the all manual operation. The aperture ring is also ‘clickless’ meaning you can adjust silently, adding to the non-invasive nature of the lens.
12 Elements in 9 groups
The lens consists of 12 elements in 9 groups and among these are 3 high-refractive elements along with an extra-low dispersion element. This construction helps the lens maintain sharp focus in the centre, as well as the edges, and minimizes chromatic aberrations and barrel distortions.
14-Blade Diaphragm for Smooth Bokeh
The near circular diaphragm consists of 14 blades. This helps create a consistent round bokeh at all stops, with a smooth and gradual fall off.
77mm Filter Thread and Lens Hood
On the front of the Laowa 15mm f/4 1:1 Wide Angle Macro Lens there is a 77mm filter thread around the non-protruding element which allows for the use of filters, without requiring square filter systems. The included petal-shaped lens hood is removable.