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Harold Gough
1st January 2019, 11:14 AM
It arrived today after spending Christmas in Customs. The lens is available only in Sony E mount but I am looking for ultra-wide angle perspective via my full frame Sony A7R. It may be of interest to Olympus users with one of the A7 series.

Nice, solid build, with no sign of plastic. The rings turn nicely with no slack.

In my excitement I forgot that this was my only Laowa lens which was not Nikon AI. So there was a considerable focus issue until I removed it from the adapter (which it fitted quite well) and attached it directly on the camera!

I wanted it for architectural and landscape work, neither of which are available nearby. The weather is dull and depressing, short of actually raining so it went back in its box.

I may finally get around to using my Formatt Hitech grads on this lens, via the supplied magnetic filter holder.

I decided to look at the prospects for hyperfocal distance, which I used a lot for film landscapes.

The markings on the focus ring, over about a quarter of a turn, go from 0.15 m, through 0.2, 0.25, 0. 3, 04, 0.5, to 1m. Then, turning about as far as from 0.5m to 1m, there is infinity.

It may not be a Nikon mount but the lens rings turn in the same direction as Nikon with infinity to the left and f22 is also there as is the widest zoom position.

Looking to possible macro shots of subjects with deep background perspective, I checked the FOV at 10mm and at the closest focus distance. It was about 30cm wide, offering potential for subjects such as the largest mushrooms.


Ulfric M Douglas
3rd January 2019, 12:24 AM
When the light gets good post some pics here, sounds interesting.

Harold Gough
3rd January 2019, 06:51 AM
When the light gets good post some pics here, sounds interesting.

Will do.


Harold Gough
3rd January 2019, 03:46 PM
Then, turning about as far as from 0.5m to 1m, there is infinity.It seems to be about the same on the Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD.


Harold Gough
4th January 2019, 09:02 PM
Here are some of today's images, all at ISO 200, 1/13 to 1/250, hand held.

To my surprise "horizon" issues were minor. I had to rotate the first two images by one degree and the third by two. I have cropped some off the bottom of the first two to remove shadows of parked cars.

The wider I zoom out, the more vignetting there is but I have moderated it digitally.

The building here is the French Horn restaurant at Sonning on Thames.

Focal lengths, apertures and shutter speeds are shown below each image.

The stereo (not very good) is crosseye.

More images to be processed.



15mm at f8 1/200


18mm at f5.6 1/160


18mm at f11 1/80


18mm at f8 1/250


18mm at f8 1/250


13mm at f11 1/125


10mm at f f16 1/50

Harold Gough
5th January 2019, 08:17 AM
Some from 10mm at f11(more to come). Not necessarily the very best of numerous shots but I expect variation to be slight. They are of a footbridge.

The stereos are in three formats: conventional, crosseye and colour anaglyph. Enjoy!






Harold Gough
5th January 2019, 09:48 AM
Stereos from footbridge, looking towards restaurant. 10mm at f11.

Anaglyph, conventional and crosseye.

http://forum.mflenses.com/userpix/20191/3613_DSC05243_DxO_Sonning_From_Footbridge_10mm_at_ f11_Anaglyph1200_1.jpg (http://forum.mflenses.com/userpix/20191/big_3613_DSC05243_DxO_Sonning_From_Footbridge_10mm _at_f11_Anaglyph1200_1.jpg)

http://forum.mflenses.com/userpix/20191/3613_DSC05243_DxO_Sonning_From_Footbridge_10mm_at_ f11_Conventional_1200_1.jpg (http://forum.mflenses.com/userpix/20191/big_3613_DSC05243_DxO_Sonning_From_Footbridge_10mm _at_f11_Conventional_1200_1.jpg)

http://forum.mflenses.com/userpix/20191/3613_DSC05243_DxO_Sonning_From_Footbridge_10mm_at_ f11_Crosseye_1200_1.jpg (http://forum.mflenses.com/userpix/20191/big_3613_DSC05243_DxO_Sonning_From_Footbridge_10mm _at_f11_Crosseye_1200_1.jpg)

Harold Gough
5th January 2019, 10:52 AM
This was at 14mm and f11, anaglyph, conventional and crosseye.





Harold Gough
5th January 2019, 11:34 AM
This huge willow tree grows very close to the road bridge and overhangs it. I don't think it merits multiple formats so this is crosseye. Lens at 10.5mm (estimate) and f11.


Harold Gough
5th January 2019, 01:49 PM
TTwo final crosseye stereos

Riverside Willows 15mm at f8

Outflow From Watermill at 10mm at f11.

http://forum.mflenses.com/userpix/20191/3613_DSC05260_DxOWillows_Laowa_15mm_f8_Crosseye_12 00_1.jpg (http://forum.mflenses.com/userpix/20191/big_3613_DSC05260_DxOWillows_Laowa_15mm_f8_Crossey e_1200_1.jpg)

http://forum.mflenses.com/userpix/20191/3613_DSC05316_DxO_Sonning_Mill_Race_Laowa_10mm_f11 _1024_Crosseye_1200_1.jpg (http://forum.mflenses.com/userpix/20191/big_3613_DSC05316_DxO_Sonning_Mill_Race_Laowa_10mm _f11_1024_Crosseye_1200_1.jpg)

Harold Gough
6th January 2019, 02:01 PM
Here are two single frames shot at 16mm and f11.