Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens – First Time Out

Had my first serious outing with this new macro lens.  Yes it has soft edges and fringing yet what it captures is very unique.

Getting true 1:1 requires a 5mm distance from the subject and when combined with a large DOF (say f/22) becomes a true challenge for any photographer hand-held, i.e.  subjects fly off and getting good focus requires precise back and forth movement.

At the end of the day, it's about getting out and having fun which this manual certainly provides.  Recommended for those fun seeking photographers.

This first image with the green fluorescent flying bug (name??) was an exciting moment so without hesitation I moved in as I couldn’t wait for the bug to pose.

FYI – Threw in two images using Topaz Impressions for an artistic painted look.

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6 thoughts on “Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens – First Time Out

  1. Stuart,
    Don’t you like it? I am considering a Macro lens for my canon, could do with some suggestions on what to buy.
    Like what you achieved on the first day out with this lens.

    • Jim, I have my friends bring my new camera gear over from the US once a quarter. I would suggest a 50mm with extension to get to the 1:1 macro if you’re not sure. If you’re game, I’d go for the Canon 100 macro lens. It can be bought here at various retailers. Stuart

      • I will look into they options, I have a US friend who can bring one back for me, other option I can look at is South Africa the exchange rate will help and I am there on business soon.

      • Macro doesn’t require a Photowalk rather a Photocrawl to discover the little world around us. This wide-angle lens certainly gives the viewer a differenct perspective than just the bug…

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