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Venus Optics LAOWA 12 mm f/2.8 ZERO-D

9 January 2019
Maciej Latałło

10. Focusing


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The Laowa 2.8/12 is a completely manual device and the focus is set with the help of a comfortable ring which working range amounts to as much as 180 degrees. That’s a lot – it’s enough you remind yourself that the focus ring of the Laowa 2/15, a lens with a noticeably shallower depth of field so more demanding in that aspect, had the working range of just 100 degrees.

Venus Optics LAOWA 12 mm f/2.8 ZERO-D  - Focusing

What’s more, a very useful depth of field scale helps here a lot, with markings clearly divided even at the maximum relative aperture so by f/2.8. You know exactly where the focus should be set and what it comprises.

On the other hand it’s good to remember that the depth of field , offered by the tested Laowa, is huge and in many cases you might as well forget completely about focusing. Even by f/2.8 it’s enough you set the focus at less than 2 meters and you deal with a sharp area from less than 1 meter to infinity.