Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro APO Review

July 1, 2020 | Tim Coleman | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star

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Available in Sony FE, Canon RF and Nikon Z mount options, this fully manual lens goes above and beyond regular macro duties, delivering an incredible 2.0x magnification factor at its shortest focus distance of 0.25m. It’s capable of capturing almost microscopic detail but the depth of field is very small even at the narrowest aperture setting of f/22. The lack of autofocus isn’t a major hurdle, as manual focusing is often preferred for extreme close-ups anyway, and the lens is capable of great results.
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Keith has been looking at a new manual focus macro lens, the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro APO. Venus optics has made a name for itself producing specialist lenses, especially in the Macro area. The lens has been tested on Keith’s usual Canon 5Ds (50MP) and the new Panasonic Lumix S1R, offering a multishot imaging capability of ~187MP, a massive resolution for a 35mm sensor.
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Laowa has never been afraid to take chances! In many ways the Laowa 100mm F2.8 2x APO Macro is the most conventional of their lenses that I’ve reviewed, and even it has some unique attributes. Venus Optics launched their Laowa brand with some unconventional macro lenses and have continue to tackle projects outside the scope of mainstream lens development. This includes unique wide angle lenses wider than most competitors and even a unique probe lens unlike anything I’ve seen before. The Laowa 100M macro combines an apochromatic (APO) optical design (typically seen on very expensive lenses) with a 2x macro ratio of 2:1 rather than 1:1 life size. This means that while most macro lenses can only achieve this level of magnification:
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