LAOWA 105MM F/2 T3.2 SMOOTH TRANS FOCUS LENS REVIEW

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LAOWA 105MM F/2 T3.2 SMOOTH TRANS FOCUS LENS REVIEW

PRO

Excellent sharpness throughout

Elegant bokeh

Top quality construction

Size-free

Really low CA

Very low distortion

CONS

Difficult manual handling

No press stop on cover

Metering unknown

Laowa are among several producers who’re creating innovative and extremely exciting market contacts. The Laowa 105mm f/2 Easy Trans Focus lens is among a number of optics that use an apodization element. That is believed to help create elegant bokeh while keeping a really sharp issue. Let’s find out what this actually means, and whether used and move into the planet of optics a genuine advantage is to be viewed.

LAOWA 105MM F/2 T3.2 SMOOTH TRANS FOCUS LENS REVIEW
PERFORMANCE

LAOWA 105MM F/2 T3.2 SMOOTH TRANS FOCUS LENS REVIEW
LAOWA 105MM F/2 T3.2 SMOOTH TRANS FOCUS LENS REVIEW

This lens is manual-only in most regard, having no digital communication using the camera, atleast in Nikon mount. Focusing depends greatly about the display within the camera, and contemporary AF displays might not be the best option. Nevertheless, the modest telephoto is extended to assist out and in the picture click of target.

The sides are extremely near to the main sharpness numbers, superb completely from f/2 to f/11. Again, reasonable at f/22 and this falls to excellent at f/16.

Sharpness is extremely impressive throughout. Main sharpness begins at a great degree at f/2, approaching exceptional between f/2.8 and f/5.6, is great at f/8 and f/11, however excellent at f/16 and only falls to reasonable at f/22.

Sharpness tests utilizing the T stops were made. This makes no real difference to both sharpness or California, plus it all remains edge, center and superb throughout.

FEATURES

The lens is just a considerable one, manufactured using steel and meant to be durable. It’s 11 components in 8 teams, including one time (High Refractive Index), several LD (Low Dispersion), two floating components plus one specific Apodization element. This is just a graduated neutral density component that becomes deeper towards the sides, focusing the light towards the center of the body and eliminating or reducing the Airy disk results usually due to diffraction. That is believed to enhance the caliber of the outoffocus areas, the bokeh, and brings Laowa to explain their new contact as “The Bokeh Dreamer”.

The JJC lens cover supplied is bayonets and effective on easily, but there’s no press end to keep it in position.

Such as the lens, that will be manual focus solely, this diaphragm must be stopped down personally to create a properly exposed catch. The f/quantity pertains to the actual aperture within depthoffield, managing exposure and the normal method.

The next diaphragm is just a stepless 14-bladed manual style, designated in T stops, or Indication stops. This really gives price of the contact, the quantity of light that really reaches the alarm to the indication. This is often another contact with the f/end, though in photos photography both are seen as the same used. In film shooting, T stops are utilized, as well as the stepless diaphragm offered here’s well suited for film work. There are certainly a limited quantity of T stops offered, from T/3.2 to T/8.

Each even the other of those diaphragms or one can be used, the abandoned one being left available. This does cause some handling problems, undoubtedly about the Nikon D810 which was employed for this review. The camera’s coverage measurement was extremely unreliable with this particular contact along with other techniques, for example calculating coverage or perhaps a separate meter, might be helpful. While using the f/stops, working the stop-down handle whilst focusing leaves the shutter release hand pushing a little to achieve, however it does increase with training. Utilizing the T/stops whilst the leaves remain in the place selected is simpler.

It’ll, to camera body, change from camera body obviously, however the Nikon D810 can be very difficult to concentrate nicely with this specific lens. Which means that we’re slowed up. It may be well suited for scenery, portraiture along with other pretty static matters, instead of sports or wildlife. Despite in the beginning being demanding being used, methods round the contact shows to become somewhat satisfying to understand as well as it might soon be discovered.

LAOWA 105MM F/2 T3.2 SMOOTH TRANS FOCUS LENS REVIEW

Chromatic aberration may be the lens’ failure to concentrate around movie or the indicator all colors of visible light in the same level. Serious chromatic aberration gives perhaps a halo effect or a visible fringing around sharp edges inside the image. It may be treated in software.

The blue line presents parts in the center of the photo frame in the different apertures as well as the green is in the edges.

The distortion level steps an extremely low -0.162% barrel. That is superb, with without any folding of direct lines whatsoever. CA (chromatic aberration) can also be practically zero, hanging around one-tenth of the pixel, that will be trivial. Another excellent result.

The size about the left-side can be an indicator of real picture quality as LW/PH and it is defined in detail above. The higher the greater the lens performance, the line.

Width was completely missing and CAn’t be observed in the pictures taken. Cover and the films are clearly effective.

Therefore, may be the bokeh elegant as recommended? Considering the pictures I’d say yes. The Apodization filter does appear to change lives. There can also be an extremely minor difference between utilizing the various diaphragm systems. It’s a subtle distinction, however the T stops could have the edge. This might however also rely on subject material.

AFFORDABILITY

Special contacts could be hard to put in context, but we do have two additional contact choices to match up against, although for certain marques.

From this, the Laowa costs £549-649/$823-973 based on support, which looks very affordable.

Images

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Specifcations

Laowa knows making various and fascinating lenses. Good to determine contacts that exceed the real details, “character” to images or providing some special “feel”. The Apodization filter is extremely intelligent, the bokeh provided is definitely outstanding as well as it works, as the sharpness of the primary topic isn’t affected in any way.

Despite some handling trouble, the contact is a problem to become proficient with plus exciting to utilize. It might not be for everybody, however in that elegant, creamy smooth bokeh the incentive may be for those prepared to reach grips with it.

Manufacturer Venus
General
Lens Mounts
  • Nikon F
  • Canon EF
  • Sony Alpha
  • Pentax K
  • Sony E Mount
  • Sony FE Mount
Lens
Focal Length 105mm
Angle of View 23°
Max Aperture f/2
Min Aperture f/22
Filter Size 67mm
Stabilised No
35mm equivalent No Data
Internal focusing No Data
Maximum magnification 0.16x
Focusing
Min Focus 90cm
Construction
Blades 8
Elements 11
Groups 8
Box Contents
Box Contents No Data
Dimensions
Weight 745g
Height 98.9mm

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