Venus Optics announced the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X macro APO APS-C E-Mount lens ($399) offering macro capabilities down to 2X lifesize.
Anhui China, Jan 24, 2020 – Venus Optics, the Chinese camera lenses manufacturer endeavoring in crafting unique manual lenses that no two alike, unveil the pricing and availability of the highlighted product in 2020: Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X macro APO. It is the first macro lens that Venus Optics specially design for mirrorless cameras with APS-C sensors. Looking at market offerings which can focus up to 1:1 at most, the Laowa macro lens is the only APS-C mirrorless lens in the market that is capable of achieving a 2:1 magnification. Despite its unique specifications and features, Venus Optics has decided to keep the lens reasonably affordable at US $399 (ex-VAT) only. Pricing varies in different countries. It comes with Fuji X, Sony E & EOS-M mounts.
Focus from infinity to 2X macro magnification
Unlike other macro lenses in the market which can focus only at 1:1, this new Laowa lens offers a 2:1 maximum magnification ratio along with a minimum focusing distance of 6.7” (17cm). The wide magnification range is essential for shooting insects and plants at different sizes. A ~100mm (FF equivalent) field of view is also a handy focal length for macro photography. The lens can focus from 2:1 all the way to infinity and can be used for normal portrait shooting. The great versatility makes it a very useful tool for macro, portraiture product photography and even videography.
Lightweight & Compact
Weighted 11.8oz (335g), this remarkably lightweight, compact and versatile lens serves as an exceptional complement to APS-C cameras. Venus Optics takes advantage of the shorter flange distance and smaller sensors on Fuji X and Sony E cameras to compress the size of the lens to the minimal, making it the most compact macro set ever. Mirrorless camera shooters no longer need to adapt huge Canon/Nikon macro lens to a smaller Fuji X / Sony E camera to get quality macro images.
Unlike some other macro lenses in the market which extends when focusing, the Laowa lens features an internal focus design so that the overall lens length is maintained during focusing. Macro lovers will certainly find this additional feature a big plus when shooting at insects at close distances
Apochromatic optical design
The new Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X macro incorporates a 14 elements in 10 groups design with 3 extra-low dispersion glasses to minimize chromatic aberrations across the frame. It has inherited the APO design from Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X macro lens and has outperformed market offerings in suppressing chromatic aberration. Most macro lenses in the market shines in terms of eliminating lateral chromatic aberration (LaCa) but falls short on the longitudinal CA (LoCA or Bokeh Fringing). The new Laowa 65mm macro lens is carefully designed to remove both LaCA and LoCA to an invisible level.
Bright f/2.8 max. aperture and pleasing bokeh
Attributed to the maximum aperture at f/2.8, the 65mm f/2.8 allows photographer to work in a variety of lighting conditions and the minimum f/22 aperture helps to attain a deeper depth of field when working with close-up subjects. The fast aperture can help to create images with smooth and creamy ‘bokeh’.
Outstanding sharpness, color and clarity
Optimized for APS-C systems, the resulting images deliver stunning details and contrast from centre to corner even when using a wide open aperture. It is a professional prime lens which delivers exceptional resolution and sharpness with outstanding optical construction. The APO feature also lifts up the overall clarity, contrast and color fidelity throughout the entire frame.
Format Compatibility: APS-C
Focal Length: 65mm
Angle of view: 24.4°
Aperture: f/2.8 – 22
Lens Structure: 14 elements in 10 groups
Aperture Blades: 9
Min. Focusing Distance: 17cm
Max. Magnification: 2:1
Filter Thread: 52mm
Weight: 11.8oz (335g)
Mount: Sony E, Fuji-X, Canon EOS-M
Order Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X macro APO lens from Venus Optics
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Having two Sony cameras, FF A7II and APS-C A3000, trying to expand macro capabilities of both, seeing spectacular sharpness being performed by lens presented here, have to ask about macro adapters (with electronic communication from body to lens). There are some of those at market, 10mm, 16mm adapters, or different ones. As the Steadyshot needs communication to lens, of course, with the good quality adapter, with Sony lens (a 50mm, for example), may I expect good results (sharpness) using those adapters, when making macro photography?
Autofocusing and Image stabilization (if lens has OSS inside it will work together with IBIS at A7II body) should be okay, I hope. Will the camera body recognize “new” focal length in Auto Steadyshot mode, being “changed” by macro adapter (as it’s “electronic” one), or it needs to be set manually at menu?
And most important, have to ask about your experience with the macro adapter “tubes”, recommendations, suggestions, as they should and may “move” the minimal focus distance much closer.