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Gary Clennan wrote:
Looks to be a nice lens but for my needs I would more often reach for my 16-35mm GM...


Yea I think unless you wanna shoot astro the 16-35 GM is the way to go. I know this lens has some coma wide open, but speed kills for astro

Chris



Sep 19, 2017 at 02:41 PM
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For me, 15mm prime has always been one of my most used focal lengths. I thought Zeiss would revive their ZM version, but this Laowa is optically better than the ZM in almost all aspects. Laowa rep is very responsive as well and they said they can arrange for a replacement soon if I can show them the problematic area.


Sep 19, 2017 at 02:50 PM
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Schlotkins wrote:
Yea I think unless you wanna shoot astro the 16-35 GM is the way to go. I know this lens has some coma wide open, but speed kills for astro

Chris


I saw some coma at f/2 but it's only visible towards the very edges on big stars and therefore easily fixed in post using the clone tool. (Just in case the image is presented as a big print)

There isn't any other 15mm f2 in the market and the Laowa is so light at 500g. The Sigma 14/1.8 comes to mind but needs to be adapted and it's huge and heavy. From the samples I've seen, it looks like it has even more coma at f/1.8.

Another characteristic I like about the 15/2 is that it's sharp to the corners even wide open. (Optimum at f/4 across the frame)
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1500324/0#14112625



Sep 19, 2017 at 03:50 PM
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Been debating this lens as to get it or not . My 12-24 is really good at 15 too. But it's 2 stops slower


Sep 19, 2017 at 04:09 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
I saw some coma at f/2 but it's only visible towards the very edges on big stars and therefore easily fixed in post using the clone tool. (Just in case the image is presented as a big print)

There isn't any other 15mm f2 in the market and the Laowa is so light at 500g. The Sigma 14/1.8 comes to mind but needs to be adapted and it's huge and heavy. From the samples I've seen, it looks like it has even more coma at f/1.8.

Another characteristic I like about the 15/2 is that it's sharp to the corners even
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Well, maybe that bokeh and minimum focus distance are far superior compared to the competition and you can use decently sized filters.



Sep 19, 2017 at 04:28 PM
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I'm just about convinced of replacing my Batis 18 for this Laowa 15. If only it had the sun stars from the CV15. How does the Laowa render? My Laowa 12mm needed some extra editing in post.


Sep 19, 2017 at 05:09 PM
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digital_AM wrote:
I'm just about convinced of replacing my Batis 18 for this Laowa 15. If only it had the sun stars from the CV15. How does the Laowa render? My Laowa 12mm needed some extra editing in post.


I compared sunstar rendering on my rolling review:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1500324/2#14113717

Basically, it's more defined compared to lenses with 9 'curved' aperture blades like the 12-24/4G, 16-35ZA, etc.

The Laowa 15/2 has "7" aperture blades but they are straight like the CV 15/4.5 III which gives more definition to sunstars.
So, the CV 15/4.5 III renders 10-point sunstars and the Laowa 14-point.



Sep 20, 2017 at 03:00 AM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
I compared sunstar rendering on my rolling review:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1500324/2#14113717

Basically, it's more defined compared to lenses with 9 'curved' aperture blades like the 12-24/4G, 16-35ZA, etc.

The Laowa 15/2 has "7" aperture blades but they are straight like the CV 15/4.5 III which gives more definition to sunstars.
So, the CV 15/4.5 III renders 10-point sunstars and the Laowa 14-point.

I am still trying to convince Laowa to introduce a 10 straight blade special edition.



Sep 20, 2017 at 06:09 AM
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Quick update on Laowa's CS: showed them my test shots, they agreed that it's a decentered copy. They asked me to send the lens back to HK for the replacement.


Sep 20, 2017 at 04:21 PM
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hiepphotog wrote:
Quick update on Laowa's CS: showed them my test shots, they agreed that it's a decentered copy. They asked me to send the lens back to HK for the replacement.


Remember to ship it DHL or FedEX with tracking. (USPS has no tracking outside the US)



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p.8 #11 · p.8 #11 · In Stock: Laowa 15mm f/2 FE for $850


The new Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D lens is back in stock at B&H and Adorama!

B&H Photo | Adorama



Sep 27, 2017 at 08:41 PM
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I got s good copy from Adorama. Testing it this week


Sep 27, 2017 at 09:44 PM
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Man this lens is really nice. Been out shooting and itís really sharp even to the corners


Sep 28, 2017 at 04:06 PM
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Fully agree, I got the chance to take some more pictures with it yesterday, and this is a very nice lens, truly excellent given the focal length, aperture and size parameters. It eats the adapted Zeiss ZE 15/2.8 for lunch.

The main optical weakness is some lca in the corners, but I suspect adobe raw correction will fix that right up.



Sep 28, 2017 at 04:21 PM
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I shot the Disney music hall this morning and the Broad museum and they look amazing on the LCD. I have a full day of shooting the city of LA tomorrow and looking forward to using this lens. I have my 12-24 with me also and fun shooting them together. I shot from my hotel last night some long exposure stuff through my window and they are sharp as s tack.


Sep 28, 2017 at 04:27 PM
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GMPhotography wrote:
I shot the Disney music hall this morning and the Broad museum and they look amazing on the LCD. I have a full day of shooting the city of LA tomorrow and looking forward to using this lens. I have my 12-24 with me also and fun shooting them together. I shot from my hotel last night some long exposure stuff through my window and they are sharp as s tack.


Couple pictures please.



Oct 03, 2017 at 04:33 PM
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I did where did they go. I will reload


Oct 03, 2017 at 04:34 PM
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p.8 #18 · p.8 #18 · In Stock: Laowa 15mm f/2 FE for $850


Okay you asked for it.

I have a hard vignetting issue on some of these. Its from my hood setup. I fixed it




  ILCE-9    ---- lens    30s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-9    ---- lens    1/200s    100 ISO    +0.7 EV  






  ILCE-9    ---- lens    1/500s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-9    ---- lens    1/500s    100 ISO    -0.7 EV  






  ILCE-9    ---- lens    1/80s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  




Oct 03, 2017 at 04:35 PM
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More









  ILCE-9    ---- lens    1/800s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-9    ---- lens    1/100s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-9    ---- lens    1/200s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-9    ---- lens    1/125s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  




Oct 03, 2017 at 04:43 PM
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Even more




  ILCE-9    ---- lens    1/500s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-9    ---- lens    1/3200s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  




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