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Venus Optics LAOWA 17 mm f/1.8 MFT II

28 January 2020
Arkadiusz Olech

7. Coma, astigmatism and bokeh

Coma correction and correction of other aberrations of higher degree which deform point-like light images in frame corners is not a strong point of the Laowa 1.8/17. At the maximum relative aperture the image of a diode is distinctly deformed. Fortunately the level of deformations decreases as you stop the lens down to f/2.8.

E-M5 II, f/1.8, center E-M5 II, f/1.8, Corner
Venus Optics LAOWA 17 mm f/1.8 MFT II - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Venus Optics LAOWA 17 mm f/1.8 MFT II - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh
E-M5 II, f/2.8, center E-M5 II, f/2.8, Corner
Venus Optics LAOWA 17 mm f/1.8 MFT II - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Venus Optics LAOWA 17 mm f/1.8 MFT II - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh


We don't have any serious objections concerning astigmatism correction for a change. An average difference between orizontal and vertical MTF50 function values amounted to 5.1% and we consider it to be a low level.


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The appearance of out-of-focus images, provided by the tested lens, is very sensible but it would be difficult to call it perfect because of a noticeable rim which intensity increases on stopping down. By f/1.8 you can also notice some influence of mechanical vignetting.

E-M5 II, f/1.8, center E-M5 II, f/1.8, Corner
Venus Optics LAOWA 17 mm f/1.8 MFT II - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Venus Optics LAOWA 17 mm f/1.8 MFT II - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh
E-M5 II, f/2.8, center E-M5 II, f/2.8, Corner
Venus Optics LAOWA 17 mm f/1.8 MFT II - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Venus Optics LAOWA 17 mm f/1.8 MFT II - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh
E-M5 II, f/4.0, center E-M5 II, f/4.0, Corner
Venus Optics LAOWA 17 mm f/1.8 MFT II - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Venus Optics LAOWA 17 mm f/1.8 MFT II - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh