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Review: Laowa 12-24mm 5.6

Introduction

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Laowa 12-24mm 5.6 on Sony A7rII

The Laowa 12-24mm 5.6 is Laowa’s second ultra wide angle zoom, the first being the Laowa 10-18mm 4.5-5.6. The 10-18mm offers a very appealing focal length range in a compact package, but there were some optical compromises hard to overlook. This 12-24mm lens is supposed to yield better optical performance at the cost of a less extreme angle of view at the wide end. Is it the better lens at the end of the day? Let us find out in this review.

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Sony A7rII | Laowa 12-24mm 5.6 | 12mm f/8.0
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Sony A7III | Laowa 12-24mm 5.6 | 12mm f/5.6
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Sony A7III | Laowa 12-24mm 5.6 | 12mm f/5.6
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Sony A7rII | Laowa 12-24mm 5.6 | 18mm f/8.0
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Sony A7III | Laowa 12-24mm 5.6 | 24mm f/5.6

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Review: Laowa 20mm 4.0 Shift

Introduction

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Laowa 20mm 4.0 Shift on Sony A7rII

Over the years Laowa has steadily been expanding its line up of shift lenses, after the 17mm 4.0 MSC and the record breaking 15mm 4.5 Shift we are now getting their third shift lens, the Laowa 20mm 4.0 Shift. Let’s have a closer look at this latest addition.

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Sony A7III | Laowa 20mm 4.0 Shift | f/8.0 | shift pano
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Sony A7rII | Laowa 20mm 4.0 Shift | f/11 | shift pano
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Sony A7III | Laowa 20mm 4.0 Shift | f/8.0

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Review: Laowa 45mm 0.95

Introduction

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Laowa 45mm 0.95 on Sony A7rII

The Laowa 45mm 0.95 is the latest addition to Laowa’s high speed Argus line up and thereby follows the footsteps of the record breaking 35mm 0.95. A maximum aperture of f/0.95 is always exciting whereas a focal length of 45mm is a rather rare bird. Let’s see what the differences between these two lenses are and who this 45mm is for!

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Sony A7III | Laowa 45mm 0.95 | f/0.95
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Sony A7III | Laowa 45mm 0.95 | f/0.95
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Sony A7III | Laowa 45mm 0.95 | f/0.95
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Sony A7III | Laowa 45mm 0.95 | f/0.95
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Sony A7III | Laowa 45mm 0.95 | f/0.95

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Review: Laowa 9mm 5.6 FF-RL

Introduction

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Laowa 9mm 5.6 on Sony A7rII

The king is dead, long live the king! After the Voigtlander 10mm 5.6’s field of view has been matched by the Samyang 10mm 3.5 XP and the Laowa 10-18mm 4.5-5.6 it has now been surpassed by this Laowa 9mm 5.6 FF-RL. Can a lens be wider and at the same time better? Let us try to find out!
Lens is being tested on 42mp Sony A7rII and 24mp Leica M10
Last Update: December 2021

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Leica M10 | Laowa 9mm 5.6 | f/5.6
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Sony A7III | Laowa 9mm 5.6 | f/5.6
Leica M10 | Laowa 9mm 5.6 | f/8.0
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Sony A7III | Laowa 9mm 5.6 | f/5.6

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Review: Laowa 85mm 5.6 2:1 Macro

Introduction

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Laowa 85mm 5.6 Macro on Sony A7rII

I have a soft spot for lenses with unique parameters and a compact 85mm macro lens offering a staggering maximum magnification of 2:1 while being only 260g heavy certainly fits the bill. But everything comes at a price and a maximum aperture of f/5.6 does not exactly sound appealing, so let us find out in this review if this ends up being an issue and who this lens is for.

Sample Images

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Sony A7III | Laowa 85mm 5.6 Macro | f/5.6
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Sony A7III | Laowa 85mm 5.6 Macro | f/5.6
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Sony A7III | Laowa 85mm 5.6 Macro | f/11

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