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I got this from Venus today:

"Will keep you updated! FYI, there will be a click/clickless aperture switch in mass production units for video/still shooters too."







Mar 08, 2017 at 04:48 PM
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Nice!!!

Is that an adaptor though?

Curious to know the actual dimensions (would be great to have it standing next to the 55/1.8) and weight.

Did the guys at Laowa showed any interest in getting a 10 blade aperture system on this 15mm?



Mar 08, 2017 at 04:55 PM
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nampramos wrote:
Nice!!!

Is that an adaptor though?

Curious to know the actual dimensions (would be great to have it standing next to the 55/1.8) and weight.

Did the guys at Laowa showed any interest in getting a 10 blade aperture system on this 15mm?


It's E-mount. (no adapters). It's not a production model yet though. I believe it has a 7-blade aperture.
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Mar 08, 2017 at 05:03 PM
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It is an FE-mount lens. So, there should not be any adapter.

What I am more interested in is whether it transmits exif data. Frankly, it doesn't look like it, just like its brother, the Laowa 12mm f/2 lens . Oh, well. This seems to lighter and smaller than the Rokinon 14mm f/2.4 XP, the new premium line from Samyang. A tad narrower FL but at f/2.0 it is a tad faster. Looking forward to hearing your evaluation, Fred.



Mar 08, 2017 at 05:06 PM
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I asked if it had an adaptor because of that piece of metal on the right.

Fred, can you release dimensions and weight of that pre-production copy you have? Or at least get it side by side the 55/1.8?



Mar 08, 2017 at 05:08 PM
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nampramos wrote:
Nice!!!

Is that an adaptor though?

Curious to know the actual dimensions (would be great to have it standing next to the 55/1.8) and weight.

Did the guys at Laowa showed any interest in getting a 10 blade aperture system on this 15mm?


I have requested 10-blade aperture but that may not be possible since it's already in the final stages of development.



Mar 08, 2017 at 05:09 PM
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nampramos wrote:
I asked if it had an adaptor because of that piece of metal on the right.

Fred, can you release dimensions and weight of that pre-production copy you have? Or at least get it side by side the 55/1.8?


I don't have it yet. That's not my picture. The weight should be around 500 grams.



Mar 08, 2017 at 05:10 PM
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What do you think is the silver knob on the right. Just a dummy lug for mounting or something else


Mar 08, 2017 at 05:10 PM
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GMPhotography wrote:
What do you think is the silver knob on the right. Just a dummy lug for mounting or something else


I believe that button could be part of the click-declick function.
The production model may have a different button.



Mar 08, 2017 at 05:15 PM
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Thought it was your photo. Did they already give you an approximate date for your copy?


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nampramos wrote:
Thought it was your photo. Did they already give you an approximate date for your copy?


No, but they are aiming for this month.



Mar 08, 2017 at 05:19 PM
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Awesome! Looking forward to it. I think this is the only lens that really interests me at the moment if it can deliver great results at f/2 and infinity.


Mar 08, 2017 at 05:23 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
I have requested 10-blade aperture but that may not be possible since it's already in the final stages of development.


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Fred Miranda wrote:
No, but they are aiming for this month.


I also had some back and forth with them about the 10 bladed iris quite a while back. They seemed quite interested to know that people cared (I directed them here to some threads for evidence that people did care)

Fred I wonder if you should send then a link to @BastianK article on Philip Reeve's site about sunstars? That might further suggest to them there are more people who like a ten bladed iris..



Mar 08, 2017 at 08:21 PM
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DavidBM wrote:
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I also had some back and forth with them about the 10 bladed iris quite a while back. They seemed quite interested to know that people cared (I directed them here to some threads for evidence that people did care)

Fred I wonder if you should send then a link to @BastianK@ article on Philip Reeve's site about sunstars? That might further suggest to them there are more people who like a ten bladed iris..

I also told them they should use 10 bladed Iris like three times already and send them the comparison that is now in that article (between Nokton 50mm 1.5 and Summicron 90mm 2.0) like half a year ago.
If they copy Zeiss Loxia look (color scheme) and Zeiss Loxia packaging they should definetly also copy Zeiss Loxia aperture mechanism, would just make sense.



Mar 08, 2017 at 08:25 PM
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I just got an update from Venus on the questions presented here:

Here is what they wrote me regarding the silver button on the picture I posted:

"Thatís a click/clickless aperture switch."

Regarding EXIF data:

"EXIF data is still not available for us."

Regarding the weight:

"The weight will be around 500g. The one I had in my hand is ~520g."

Regarding aperture blades (going from 7 to 10 blades):

"For the aperture blades issue, I will talk to the team and let you know"



Mar 09, 2017 at 03:42 AM
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Man that thing looks much smaller than I was expecting mounted on the body. Good to see.

Bummer about the lack of EXIF. Major bummer.



Mar 09, 2017 at 05:43 AM
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Vcize wrote:
Man that thing looks much smaller than I was expecting mounted on the body. Good to see.

Bummer about the lack of EXIF. Major bummer.

But exciting that going to a ten bladed iris is not ruled out!



Mar 09, 2017 at 06:22 AM
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I'm hoping the infinity stop will be dead on at f/2. That's something I really miss from the Nikon AIS lenses. It's a pain trying to achieve perfect focus in the middle of the night when shooting Astro.


Mar 09, 2017 at 07:36 AM
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I haven't seen anyone comment on this yet but I think it's pretty cool they have marked the location of the entrance pupil on the lens barrel (the small red triangle).

This will mostly be of use to people planning to use the lens with a VR tripod head to create spherical panoramas, but it shows they actually thought about what people might use the lens for.

What's next? Manufacturers reporting the actual focal length?



Mar 09, 2017 at 01:18 PM
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I hope it's ok I trickle down info as I get it.
It looks like the Laowa 15/2 will be available for both E-mount and M-mount...So, it will work on Leica bodies and AF will be available for Sony bodies using TAP.

"To get everyone more excited, we will also make the lens to M-mount. Already in development..."



Mar 09, 2017 at 03:11 PM
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