The box and plastic cover the lens comes in feels cheap, I mean very low rent, as does the “declicking” switch on the lens itself. While I appreciate the option the build quality all over is patchy, the lens hood is a nasty plastic as is the rear and front lens cap to the point where you never really feel 100% that the lens cap is on fully. The lens hood has to be taken off when switching a screw in filter on the 72mm threaded front bezel, a tad annoying but a huge boon to have a screw in filter system for the lens this wide. Props to Laowa for that at least. Not all EXIF data is recorded, the ISO and shutter speed are but the aperture is not.
That aside the rest of the lens feels decent for the money, the focus ring and the aperture ring both turn nicely and provide enough force to feel at ease “riding the ring” when shooting in manual / peak focusing when using this lens for news work.
I liked the size, its super light and short (just over 3 inches long) which means throwing into a bag is a doddle and at only 1.1 lb it won’t break your back as well as your wallet. For me as I have got older I need some light weight kit and from that perspective the Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D lens nails it, for CA there is some creeping in at the wider apertures and you can take a look at the images below and see for yourself. I haven’t ended these in anyway other than to give them a light retouch but nothing to fix perspective and CA, that’s all there to see.
In conclusion I really enjoy this lens for $849, I would have enjoyed it more at $700 which is the sweet spot for this lens in my option due to the patchy build quality but optically it’s not so bad for a non-Japanese branded lens.