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Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Shift Full Frame Lens on Fujifilm GFX – First Sample Images

Venus Optics will soon launch the Laowa 15mm f/4.5 W-Dreamer shift lens for full frame cameras.

Now we have some sample images and we can give a few more details about how this full frame lens works on the Fujifilm GFX medium format system.

According to a beta tester, the Laowa 15mm f/4.5 W-Dreamer shift lens can be used on Fujifilm GFX, but the ability to shift is limited to ± 7.

Here is his the feedback the Chinese beta tester gave so far:

Although the image field of the shift lens is much larger than the ordinary 135 format lens, if the offset is too large (± 7 or more) on the 44×33 format, it will still have a dark angle

@ 老 frog lens 15-axis image field perfectly covers the 4433 sensor, visually there is 5mm up and down, and 3mm left and right shift amount

@ 老 frog lens 15-axis transfer to Fuji GFX 50R, the picture quality looks pretty good, even if it is an ordinary ultra-wide-angle lens, the perspective is very strong. Blessed 4433 users

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New Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro Gets Fantastic Reviews: “Fujifilm Has a Reason to Get Nervous Now”

The New Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro get Fantastic Results - Image courtesy Jonas Rask
The New Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro get Fantastic Results – Image courtesy Jonas Rask

Very recently, Venus Optics launched the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro.

You can get it at the Venus Optics store (pick this option for fastest shipping) and also at BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama.

Now we have a couple of reviews out there, and they are extremely positive.

Let’s start with opticalllimits (former photozone). Their conclusion from their full review here:

The Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO is a stunning performer with just a few minor weaknesses.

Its biggest value proposition is the excellent resolution. At f/2.8, the center is tack sharp with a hint of softness at the image corners. However, at f/5.6, the quality is as good as it gets! Lateral CAs, as well as distortions, are non-existent. There’s a tad of vignetting at fully open aperture but it’s by no means disturbing and it can be reduced by stopping down.

The quality of the bokeh is good. The foreground blur is very smooth whereas the background blur could be better. Out of focus highlights are nicely rendered at f/2.8 but you can spot that the lens doesn’t feature curved aperture blades at smaller aperture settings.

A big plus in our book is the lack of axial CAs which is already a massive achievement alone but even more so at this price point.

Not all Laowa lenses are excellent but some are and the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO is certainly among them.

Canon, Fujifilm & the likes have reasons to get a little nervous by now.

As of today, Laowa is still a niche player today but once they’ll be able to source the necessary parts for implementing AF and electronic coupling, they’ll be heading straight for the mainstream.

Also Jonas Rask reviewed the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 here. Among tons of great samples, he writes:

I really shouldn’t be surprised by Laowa offering high quality at a very affordable price. The last couple of lenses that I’ve used from them have all been stellar performers, and the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO is probably the best of them so far. It’s incredibly versatile. Incredibly sharp. Renders beautiful out of focus areas and focus falloff while keeping it all in a very well-built compact package. This is indeed another hit lens from Laowa if you ask me. And I’m not even into macro!

Fantastic reviews also from Christopher Forst and Micael Widell. You can see their videos below.

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Venus Optics Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO Available

FujiRumors told you a few days ago here, that the new Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro lens for Fujifilm X mount will be announced in a few days.

Well, now it happened.

You can purchase the Lawoa 65mm f/2.8 2x Macro at the official Venus Optics store here.

Sample images and full specs can be found here.

At the moment you can find it for sale only at Venus Optics store. Pick this option for fastest shipping.

At a later stage we should see the lens available also at BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama.

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Venus Optics Laowa 65mm 2:1 Macro for Fujifilm Coming in a Few Days

We have been informed (thanks!) that the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro lens for Fujifilm X mount will be announced very soon. It’s a matter of days.

We talked about this lens back in September, and there was a slight delay apparently. But it should finally hit the market.

Sample images and more product images can be found in this article.

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