Venus Optics announces the Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO, the world’s smallest 2x macro lens

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Venus Optics announce the World’s Smallest 2x macro lens for full frame mirrorless cameras: Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO
Anhui China, 29 November 2021 – Venus Optics, the camera lens manufacturer that has been endeavouring to invent unique lenses, is thrilled to release Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO, an exceedingly compact and affordable mirrorless full-frame macro lens with excellent image quality. Weighs only 259g, the lens still comes with 2x magnification inherited from most of the Laowa macro lenses which give photographers a wider range of flexibility in creation. The APO design empowers this lens to produce pleasing minimal CA images. It fulfils the needs of many macro photographers while relieving the pain from carrying the heavy load of gears.



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SV

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This looks like a pretty decent 2x macro from Venus Optics - glad I waited for their RF version!
 

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Magic! Well done Laowa.

But what I really wanted was a 180mm F5.6 macro - you know, like the one Sigma made a few years ago, but in RF mount, and preferably with AF.
 
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I've owned a few Laowa macros, and they're great. The 15mm f/4 macro is one of my favorite lenses of all. This MTF chart appears to show this 85mm lens as sharper in the middle half of the frame than the Canon RF 100mm Macro. I'm definitely getting this. The Canon is great for run-and-gun when you're forced to use open apertures and rely on IS without a tripod, but this looks to be more ideal for just throwing in the bag on a whim.
 

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Love the people over at Venus. They are always coming up with interesting lenses.
 
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It looks from the silence on the subject on their announcement and website that this doesn't have electronic communication / auto aperture? Though I love the design (sacrifice 2.8 for size!) and the EF (with auto aperture) is a wonderful lens, if it doesn't have auto aperture it will be very noisy focusing underexposed at f11 or 13 for flash-freezing insect macro... that's why I had to sell the ef-m version, no auto aperture so super noisy screen while focusing.
 

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It's half the length (and much lighter) than the RF 100mm f/2.8 2x version. The downside being f5.6, which won't worry a lot of macro photographers, but will compromise the amount of bokeh that can be generated in some situations. And, yes, likely to be fully manual and no electronic coupling. It looks great from first glance. I don't need both it and the 100 f2.8, but for those looking for a lightweight macro alternative, it's a real option.

For those of you who follow Don Komarechka, he has a mini-review (of a sample copy of the lens) and also a sample shot using it, on his facebook feed this morning. He is very enthusiastic about it.
 
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When discussing Macro and AF, it's my feeling that with a 1x it makes sense as they usually double as great portrait glass. With any higher magnification it's (usually) strictly macro and manual focus is key. Makes sense for this lens.
 
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maulanawale

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When discussing Macro and AF, it's my feeling that with a 1x it makes sense as they usually double as great portrait glass. With any higher magnification it's (usually) strictly macro and manual focus is key. Makes sense for this lens.
That's very true
I think that is a very common misconception for many people .I had the 100mm 2.8 and it was my first ever macro and full manual lens. Was a bit wary at first but once the concept of magnification vs focus distance sunk in, I found it very intuitive. If you want 2:1, there's no focusing to be done, just getting closer or further since the lens will only give you 2x at the "closer end" of its focus. It took me a while to understand though. Macro is not easy :ROFLMAO:
 

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For dedicated macro photography gear reviews on youtube - Mikael Widell, Thomas Shahan and Stewart Wood are highly recomended.
 

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A very nice lens. I had it here for several weeks to try on my RP

I've far more pictures than I've included in the reviews, so if anyone has any specific questions let me know?

A note for some - I'm an commercial/industrial photographer, so for macro I don't tend to shoot living stuff and definitely not outdoors if I can help it :)


More images and detail are in the written article though

https://www.northlight-images.co.uk/review-laowa-85mm-2x-macro/
 
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