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Laowa 15mm 1:1 macro

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  • Laowa 15mm 1:1 macro

    This has only been around for a little while. When I learned that the WD was <5mm at 1:1 I discounted it for practical use.

    Then I saw the images by orionmystery:

    http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1422378

    http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1427036

    http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1425346

    http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1421849

    http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1420966

    http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1430529

    So I invested in one. The lens is designed for full frame cameras and this will be my Sony Alpha A7R. However, I was also interested in how it would act (as a 30mm) on my m4/3 EM-1. The adapter for that went missing, only to turn up today, so no images so far.

    I have had some success with the A7R, at about 0.4:1. I have even shot some crosseye stereos. The idea of this lens is to include sharp(ish)background, rather than to isolate the subject with shallow DOF. So the clutter is intentional, for demonstration purposes.

    A tree paeony, about the size of my hand, by diffuse daylight, hand-held at f22.



    A crosseye stereo:



    An orchid by TTL flash.





    A crop of one of the images:



    Harold
    The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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    Re: Laowa 15mm 1:1 macro

    I think the benefits of this lens are manifest, Harold. Personally I prefer the deeper dof of that lens for floral subjects over recessive focus.

    I especially like the result you got with the tree peony, although referring to a reply you made on my Kakadu Jabaroo thread, perhaps a tad too sharp to be seen as "impressionistic" don't you think?
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      Re: Laowa 15mm 1:1 macro

      Originally posted by pandora View Post
      I think the benefits of this lens are manifest, Harold. Personally I prefer the deeper dof of that lens for floral subjects over recessive focus.

      I especially like the result you got with the tree peony, although referring to a reply you made on my Kakadu Jabaroo thread, perhaps a tad too sharp to be seen as "impressionistic" don't you think?
      Mark,

      It would be hopeless for any skittish fauna (my main subjects) but there is much to explore, once I get some balance lighting for 1:1.

      My original main interest was flowers and I return to them from time to time.

      If you saw my rejects you would see the impressionist look OK.

      Harold
      The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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