Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens for Sony E

Model #VE1540SFE

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Weight .90 lb (410 g)
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.30 x 2.55" (83.8 x 64.7 mm)
Filter Thread Front:77 mm


Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital SensorAPS-C
Angle of View 110°APS-C Picture Angle: 85°
Tilt/Shift Shifts ± 6mm
Minimum Focus Distance 4.72" (12 cm)
Magnification 1.0x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 12/9
Diaphragm Blades 14
Focal Length 15mm Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 22.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Sony E (Full-Frame)

Packaging Info

Package Weight 1.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.087 x 5.197 x 5.039"


Tripod Collar No
Autofocus No
Image Stabilization No
Expert Reviews
Roberts camera.34955828
22 May 2018

1 Although the design is dust and moisture resistant, absolute protection from dust and moisture is not guaranteed.

Photography blog.34969604
24 October 2016

It is great news that Sony is adding more affordable lenses to its full frame A7 series cameras. However, although the pricing of the FE 50mm F2.8 Macro seems in line with Nikon’s Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens, which is generally around £499 and Canon’s EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens is around...

User Reviews
B h photo.34921152
1 December 2017

I'm a botanist with an interest in very small plants. When I'm out and about I want to carry a camera with a single lens capable of high quality macro photography that will also double as a standard lens for other types of shots. This lens paired with my a7R is perfect in these respects.

10 March 2018

Excellent image quality, but as others have described, the autofocus system leaves something to be desired. If you are using this lens at distance, switch it to the focus mode that works at distance and skips the macro zone.

21 June 2018

good for macro, sharp and also use as a standard lens.

B h photo.34921152
6 June 2018

When I was using the a7r2, I purchased this lens because its my favorite focal length and I can shoot food with it. Seemed like the perfect lens, until I realized how slow it actually is with the old af system.

B h photo.34921152
22 May 2018

This lens works great for my needs. It's lightweight, focuses quickly, and has nice bokeh when shooting macro. I'm very happy with this purchase.

19 May 2018

In normal use, images are sharp with good colour and contrast. AF is OK if you can use phase-detect focussing. Otherwise it can be slow and noisy. Macro AF is slow with hunting but not terminally so.

B h photo.34921152
18 May 2018

I have only been out on one trip with this lens, shooting flowers. I think that its an excellent lens for the a6500!!! (75mm equivalent)I have not really TESTED and compared but I did use auto, manual and video modes. I am very pleased!

B h photo.34921152
3 May 2018

Although not the cheapest of lenses in the category, I really like the functionality and ease of use in the lens coupled with my a9.

B h photo.34921152
25 February 2018

This lens is wonderful! I was hesitant to buy it at first. I have a 50mm lens, but it's manual focus only. With my eyesight getting worse, I was starting to have problems with my images not being as sharp as I would have liked. This lens has worked beautifully!

B h photo.34921152
19 February 2018

I've tried a little macro photography in the past with point and shoot cameras, so with the purchase of a A7r2 I got this lens after some research to try macro with the camera without too much out of pocket cost. So far it seems to do what I want. Mostly snowflakes and flowers.

Product Highlights
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/32
  • 1:1 Magnification Ratio; Internal Focus
  • One ED & Three High-Refractive Elements
  • Multi-Layer Low-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus and Aperture
  • Maximum Shift: +/- 6mm (APS-C)
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 4.7"
  • Front Filter Thread: 77mm
  • Near Circular 14-Blade Diaphragm
In The Box
  • Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens for Sony E
  • Lens Hood
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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