On a recent 3 country tour of Africa and the Mid East, I had the chance to take the Laowa 17mm and capture some of the world’s most renowned architecture. I knew I would be going to Saint Peter’s Cathedral in the Vatican, and all my research said bring the widest lens you have. I knew the GF 23mm (17mm at full frame) would probably leave me wishing for more, so I rented the 17 before leaving.
Saint Peter’s was the “focus” of this trip, so I spent several days there. First to scout and take some sample images, and then back to polish certain compositions. Hint: Arrive early for the best viewing.
Wow is all you can say after touring the marvel of Renaissance art and architecture. I was so glad I brought the 17mm and after a bit of a learning curve, MF and no tripods, I felt like I came away with many keepers.
Here are a few of my favorites:
I felt like the lens was sharp in the center and corners. Colors were good, but my other lens was the Zeiss 85mm Otus and it’s hard to compare of course.