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Venus Optics Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro Review

Venus Optics Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro Review
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Venus Optics Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro Review

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2 X Macro Goodness

Laowa has put out some fantastic Macro lenses in the last couple years such as the awesome 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro.  Following on the heals of the 60mm now comes the 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro is the 2nd member of Laowa 2:1 macro line-up. 

The new 100mm f/2.8 Macro features 2 apochromatic (APO) lens elements that corrects chromatic aberration at both ‘in-focus’ & ‘out-of-focus’. This new 100mm lens can cover full frame sensor size and focus from 2:1 magnification to infinity, so this means those users of larger MP sensors will be able to pull exception details using this lens. The Laowa 100mm f/2.8 macro is similar in size to other 100mm Macro lens available but its 2 x magnification range allows macro photographers to capture subjects at 1:1 and 2:1 sizes. The Laowa 100mm f/2.8 lens has the capability to focus to infinity and serve as a portrait lens with exceptional optics quality.

This lens will also support the optional Tripod Collar

Specifications Overview
Focal Length 100mm
Max. Aperture f/2.8
Angle of View 24.4°
Format Compatibility Full Frame
Lens Structure 12 elements in 10 groups
Aperture Blades 9 (Canon), 7 (Nikon), 13 (Sony FE)
Min. Focusing Distance 24.7cm (2X)
Max. Magnification 2:1
Filter Thread 67mm
Dimensions Ф72 x 125 mm(Sony version: Ф72 x 155 mm)
Weight 638g
Mounts Canon / Nikon / Sony FE

Who is this lens best suited for: The Laowa 100mm f/2.8 is best suited for those Macro Photographers who want to take their macro to the next level and does not mind there is no Image Stabilization, and the lens is Manual focus only. 

Image Quality based on some test shots had very good rendering with extreme details on the right camera body. Shooting at 2x macro will require strong lighting such as direct sunlight or flash, especially at apertures above f/7.  As you can imagine the depth of field is very shallow when you are at 2:1.

Overall this Macro lens is a serious tool that can capture stunning details.

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