Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Shift Lens Versus Canon TS-E 17mm f/4.0L: Which Is the Best Wide Angle Shift Lens?

For many architectural photographers, the widest viable lens has been the Canon 17mm tilt-shift for some time. In some sense, this lens is pretty much a requirement, because there are plenty of occasions where a 24mm lens just isn’t wide enough. The problem is that this lens isn’t exactly cheap, but fortunately, we now have a new alternative. 

Venus Optics recently released its latest lens, the Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift lens. This is now the widest shift lens on the market that is actually viable for architecture. As the name would suggest, this is a zero distortion lens, similar to the Laowa 12mm f/2.8, which is important when you’re photographing buildings. Due to the fact that this lens is clearly aimed towards architectural photographers, I wanted to see how it compares to the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4.0L lens. 

In our latest video, we take both lenses out and test them in several conditions to see which lens is the better choice. With a price point of $1,199, the Laowa is a very attractive option, especially when you consider the price of the Canon lens. 

Check out the full video linked above to see if the Laowa is the better choice or if it’s worth spending more for the Canon. 


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