25 Feb Review: Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift

Source: Admiring Light

Laowa is a relative newcomer to the consumer photographic industry, but in the short time they’ve been around they have released a large number of unique lenses that provide capabilities that aren’t available from any other manufacturer. From extreme ultra-wide angle lenses, to greater than 1:1 macro lenses and probe lenses, they’ve created some truly compelling options.

Today I’m taking a look at the Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift lens, which is currently the widest shift lens available for full-frame cameras. Laowa also notes that the lens is usable with shift on medium format bodies like the Fujifilm GFX series. I am reviewing the Canon EF mount version adapted to RF mount and used on my EOS R5. The lens is available in a wide variety of mounts, including Canon EF, Canon RF, Nikon F, Nikon Z, Sony E, and L-mount.

Shift lenses have been around for a long time as a mainstay for architectural photographers. In the past, these lenses have been limited to fairly modest wide angles, due to the challenge of designing a large image circle lens with such an extreme angle of view. Canon released the first truly wide angle shift lens with their TS-E 17mm, and Nikon followed with a 19mm PC-E lens, but Laowa is the first to offer a fully featured 15mm shift lens. Let’s dive into the specifics:

The Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift on the Canon EOS R5What is a shift lens?

Shift lenses have been around for

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