In need of a macro lens, I went back and forth between the Canon 100mm L or the wide angle lens recently released by Venus Optics.
This 15mm lens has forced me to shoot outside of my comfort zone, in a good way. 35mm is the widest focal length that I usually shoot with. Opening up the field of view by almost 2x really changes the mentality for how I try to take photos and if you add the macro ability on top of that, I’m just at a complete loss for how to handle the situation.
This lens is fully manual in every aspect. There are no electrical contacts for the lens to talk with the camera body so you have to adjust the focus and aperture manually through rings on the lens.
Some general spec info on the lens
- aperture range f4-f32
- focal length 15mm
- 1:1 Magnification ratio
- Infinity focus on full frame sensors
- shift +/- 6mm
- front filter thread 77mm
So the initial plan, on focusing with this lens, was to use the live view function on the camera. It didn’t go so well at first, the exposure on the LCD screen was much darker than the exposure showing up with the actual photo. This made it near impossible to get your focus without having to go back and forth in settings. There is an option to turn off exposure simulation, enabling you to get a better view of the scene while using the standard exposure meter to determine your settings. It’s really over looked unless you shoot with manual lenses, but Canon really needs an option for focus peaking. Mirrorless cameras almost always have a really good system set up for that and it really opens up the doors on what lenses you can use.
Here is a pro tip that I can give with much confidence. Most Cats prefer taking photos with a longer focal length lens like a 70-200mm instead of a 15mm macro.