What I love about the lens is its size, weight and sharpness. The lens feels well balanced with the SONY a7RIII. The're some flaring issues but no noticeable chromatic aberrations on this night shots. The starburst from the light source are just great with well defined stars. Distortion is also well controlled, depending on the angle of the lens, with minimal perspective correction on Photoshop. NiSi produced a filter holder for this lens which uses normal 100mm square filters. This is a plus point since you don't need to invest on the larger (and more expensive) 150mm system. By the way, we didn't have the opportunity to use the 37mm rear filter. This lens is also compatible with the optional Laowa Magnetic 100mm Filter Holder, by NiSi. Venus Optics says that “It is a welcome relief for landscape, adventure or travel photographers that are traveling over long distances and struggling to find a compact wide-angle zoom to pair up with their cameras.”. I couldn't agree with them more.
Apart from the flaring, the other downside is the lens cap. Like most of the Laowa lenses, the lens cap need to be slightly modified to prevent it from coming off easily. This can be done easily by putting a layer of sellotape on the lens cap for added friction. Maybe Laowa can look into this matter in the future. On the overall, it is still a formidable ultra-wide angle lens to satisfy the landscapers' need for UWA lens.
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This is the photography journey of Nur Ismail Photography where all the experiences from this year onwards will be shared with the audience. In collaboration with NiSi Malaysia, Leofoto, SONY Malaysia and Skylum Software. Thanks for viewing!