Laowa’s ever-increasing broad angle lens vary is getting bigger with the introduction of the 12-24mm f/5.6 C-Dreamer for mirrorless cameras. With a hard and fast f/5.6 aperture all through the zoom vary, an all-metal development, 15 parts in 11 teams, is that this lens a dream to make use of?
On the time of writing, Laowa has 17 broad angle and fisheye lenses together with a 4mm f/2.8 fisheye and a 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D, to call however just a few. The newest addition is the 12-24mm f/5.6 C-Dreamer. They’re managing to fill the market with inexpensive wide- ngle lenses that the main producers are maybe lacking. So, does a lower cost come at a value for the photographers by way of picture high quality? We put the 12-24mm f/5.6 by its paces to search out out.
Construct and Dealing with
This absolutely handbook lens, with its metallic development, feels and is strong. There is a very small built-in lens hood that takes the metallic lens cap, and there is additionally an accompanying 77mm filter ring, because the lens itself has no filter threads. The filter ring can be metallic; it’s best to go away that on when out taking pictures.
The lens weighs solely 479 g and is kind of compact at 84 mm, so it will not break your again or take up a lot house in your digicam bag. I discovered this a pleasant dimension of lens to make use of after I was taking pictures. The aperture, focus ring, and zoom ring had been at a long way between one another, and the knurls had been outstanding sufficient that when utilizing both the viewfinder or again display, I did not should really feel my approach across the lens for the proper adjustment. The aperture ring solidly clicks into place in full cease increments and the zoom and focus rings are each easy. On that notice, I would not use the lens for filming until you had been locking off the aperture plus there’s important focus respiration.
It is an fulfilling lens to make use of as soon as you progress away from something above 20mm as a result of softer photos. Though it does okay from 20mm to 24mm, it’s simply okay, and if you’re on the lookout for sharper photos at these focal lengths, I would use one other lens until you might be in search of a softer search for your photos. The softness shouldn’t be fully detrimental, however after you’ve got photographed on the different focal lengths, you’ll discover a marked distinction. Maybe taking pictures between 20-24mm is to provide the dreamy smooth photos, because the title suggests.
The photographs beneath had been taken at 12mm and f/5.6, with the deal with the decrease third. The highest picture reveals the whole discipline of view with a gradual drop-off of focus, which is an efficient factor. The second picture is a 100% part crop to allow you to see from this the sharpness at this aperture.
A large 12mm on the Nikon Z 7II was enjoyable to make use of, and I did spend a while taking pictures static pictures from a tripod at each focal lengths in order that I might see how the lens carried out with completely different topics. The picture beneath, though not compositionally pleasing, was photographed to see the distortion impact on each the grass and the leaves in a single picture. The impact was fairly pleasing to the attention from a inventive perspective. Focus-stacking would have to be employed in the event you had been to make use of this distortion creatively.
The 15 cm minimal focussing works as acknowledged (picture above) and produces clear sharp acceptable photos.
Vignetting is clear on each picture at each focal size and extra so on the wider focal lengths. Though it is not as extreme because the Laowa 10mm f/4, it’s there and is one thing it’s good to take into accounts when taking the pictures. It’s simply and rapidly corrected in submit, however I do desire to be accountable for vignetting, submit or in any other case.Capturing at 12mm to round 20mm, and at apertures between f/8 and f/11, the lens carried out at its finest and produced some good, clear, and sharp photos, even in some circumstances at 24mm after some construction and sharpening was utilized. Sharpness was typically okay throughout the picture, dropping off in the direction of the sides when the distortion comes into play, and this may be fairly extreme relying on the relative distance to your subject material, the subject material itself, and selection of focal size.With it is five-bladed aperture, you’ve got 10-point solar stars aplenty at virtually each aperture and are simply achievable.
The Laowa 12-24mm is not any exception to lens flares and veiling. Chromatic aberration in sure circumstances could be fairly extreme as and could be rectified in Lightroom, however with the picture backside proper, which additionally reveals the lens veiling (circled), no quantity of tweaking might reduce the chromatic aberration. I might’ve merely bracketed to resolve this, however I desire to see how the lens performs in a single picture for the aim of critiques.
What I Favored
- The sphere of view on the wider focal size
- The dimensions and weight of the lens.
- Metallic lens cap
- Sunstars galore
What I Did not Like
- No digital connection, so no EXIF knowledge
- Chromatic aberration, though not too outstanding, is seen within the higher-contrast pictures
- Softness all through the apertures when taking pictures at something above 20mm
- Distortion management with sure topics
- Small lens hood, so the lens cap and filter ring ought to be left on
As a result of wider focal size, this can be a lens price contemplating for structure or panorama relying on the kind of pictures you might be after. Whether or not inventive within the panorama or capturing the whole constructing, it does have its optimistic factors. The broader focal size was enjoyable to make use of on the Nikon Z 7II, with my subsequent nearest lens being the Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens, This further 2mm does present the capability for inventive pictures however comes with caveats such because the distortion, the vignetting, and fringing, so this must be taken into consideration when planning your pictures.
From my very own perspective, I could not use it for woodland scenes as a result of distortion and fringing, however can see its benefits relating to the broader open panorama and sunsets, the place relying on the kind of gentle, it might produce some softer type photos. Used creatively, the distortion might present for some fascinating pictures with the completely different subject material. That is not a touch upon the sharpness of the lens; it is merely an statement of the lens’ potential in sure circumstances.
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