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Venus Optics officially announces the Laowa 58mm f/2.8 2x Ultra-Macro APO

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Anhui China, 22 September, 2022 – Venus Optics, the lens manufacturer that has been always endeavouring to invent unique lenses, is stoked to release the Laowa 58mm f/2.8 2x Ultra-Macro APO. This mirrorless-designed macro lens offers a 40.9° angle of view on full frame sensors. And like many other Laowa macro lenses, it can focus from 2:1 magnification to infinity which makes it suitable for professional macro, portrait or a walk-around lens. It features an apochromatic (APO) design that chromatic aberration is compressed to the minimum. With 3 ED elements and 3 Ultra-High Refractive Index elements, the lens delivers an outstanding sharpness. Despite its metal housing, the lens only weighs 595g which is extremely portable. It comes with 4 mount options: Sony E / Canon R / Nikon Z / L mount and a price of USD499.

Up to 2x magnification

This new 58mm lens has the capability to focus from 2X magnification to infinity. The minimum focusing distance is 7.29” (18.5cm). Giving you more flexibility in subject selection. From tiny ant to larger dragonfly, you can capture it with one single lens.

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Great details of the objects can be captured at 2x magnification.

More than a macro lens

Being able to focus infinity, the 58mm focal length (40.9° AoV) pair with the f/2.8 aperture give the lens more usage than just a macro lens. You can also use it for portrait, product photography or use as walk-around lens.

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Apochromat (APO) design

The lens is engineered to suppress both longitudinal and lateral chromatic aberration across in-focus & out-of-focus areas. Purple fringing and ghosting are controlled to the minimum throughout the aperture range. The APO design greatly reduces your post-editing time substantially especially in macro photography.

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Outstanding sharpness and image quality

Specially designed for mirrorless system, the lens packed 3 ED elements and 3 Ultra-High Refractive Index elements. With a shorter flange distance, it is not only improving the image sharpness but also makes the lens more compact. It brings you a whole new macro shooting experience.

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Deeper depth of field

The shorter focal length relative to 100mm would give greater depth of field. You can get more in-focus details from your subject under the same aperture. This gives you more control when creating unique visual narratives.

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Smooth and Pleasant Bokeh

The 13 aperture blades would create smooth and pleasing bokeh. A stunning background can easily achieve.

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Compact size

This lens weighs only 595g with the dimensions of Ø74 x 117mm, making it much smaller than other main-stream option in the market. You can carry it around without burden.

Internal Focusing

The internal focusing design avoids collision of the lens and your subject. It also reduces the chance for dust particles getting into the lens.

 

Pricing & Availability

Laowa 58mm f/2.8 2x Ultra-Macro APO is currently available to purchase via Venus Optics official website ( http://www.venuslens.net/ ) and authorized resellers.

The US price for 58mm f/2.8 2x Ultra-Macro APO is USD499 for all mounts. Pricing varies in different countries.

Specification

Laowa 58mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO
Focal Length 58mm
Angle of View 40.9°
Aperture Range f/2.8 – 22
Format Full Frame
Lens Structure 14 elements in 11 groups

(3 ED glasses, 3 Ultra-High Refractive Index)

Aperture Blades 13 blades
Minimum Focusing Distance 185mm / 7.29”
Max. Magnification 2X
Filter Thread Ø 67mm
Dimensions Ø 74 x 117mm / 2.91 x 4.06”
Weight 595g / 1.31lbs
Mounts Sony E / Canon R / Nikon Z / L mount

 

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Chaitanya

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I've got one here for testing if anyone has any questions - solid build, fully manual, but good optically

A 20min YT overview:

The problem of dust when I'm photographing electronic components ;-)

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Apparently Venus is going to come out with RF version of 65mm Macro, if you get hands on one please do a comparison between 58 and 65 for crop bodies.
 

Chaitanya

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Not unless you send me a crop body to test as well... :)

The only crop body I have is Karen's 100D - which I did indeed test a Laowa 65mm on several years ago. A very different lens

Does Rp have a crop mode? That 65mm Macro is crop macro for mirrorless mounts and until now EF-M mount was the only option for Canon users and soon RF mount version should be available. Would like to know how these 2 lenses compare on crop RF bodies.
 

koenkooi

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Does Rp have a crop mode? That 65mm Macro is crop macro for mirrorless mounts and until now EF-M mount was the only option for Canon users and soon RF mount version should be available. Would like to know how these 2 lenses compare on crop RF bodies.
It does, it will give you an 11-ish MP image.
 
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keithcooper

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Does Rp have a crop mode? That 65mm Macro is crop macro for mirrorless mounts and until now EF-M mount was the only option for Canon users and soon RF mount version should be available. Would like to know how these 2 lenses compare on crop RF bodies.
Maybe it does, but I'm not testing crop sensor cameras...
An APS-C crop on the RP is not much
 
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Mt Spokane Photography

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I just received the email from Keith about his review but before I could go to it, I saw the post here. I'd like to be more expert at macro photography and have bought a ton of various gadgets to help but never seem to find the time to become proficent at using them. My EF 100mm L Canon macro has had the front element ring loosen so that it may have rotated. I tightened the retaining ring, but it does not seem as good as before. It may be imagination, I don't know if that front element is plain glass or a actual lens element.
 

entoman

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Laowa offer a fabulous range of high quality macro lenses, but it's a great shame that they are fully manual. At true macro ratios depth of field is extremely limited and focus accuracy is ultra critical. The simple act of touching the lens can knock the image slightly out of focus, even if it's mounted on a really sturdy tripod.

It would be great if macro lenses had motorised MF, which could be remotely controlled via a phone app or computer, thus avoiding human contact with the camera. But sadly, given that Canon seem to be currently preventing third parties from making use of AF, the chances of Laowa or anyone else providing remote-controlled electronic MF are extremely slim.
 

koenkooi

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Laowa offer a fabulous range of high quality macro lenses, but it's a great shame that they are fully manual. At true macro ratios depth of field is extremely limited and focus accuracy is ultra critical. The simple act of touching the lens can knock the image slightly out of focus, even if it's mounted on a really sturdy tripod.

It would be great if macro lenses had motorised MF, which could be remotely controlled via a phone app or computer, thus avoiding human contact with the camera. But sadly, given that Canon seem to be currently preventing third parties from making use of AF, the chances of Laowa or anyone else providing remote-controlled electronic MF are extremely slim.
Helicon has an autofocus/stacking adapter that can do that. They are sadly not producing it currently due to their location.
 
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entoman

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Helicon has an autofocus/stacking adapter that can do that. They are sadly not producing it currently due to their location.
For those who don't know, Helicon Soft is based in Ukraine, hence koenkooi's comment.
 
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entoman

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The terms are used interchangeably.
The cameras are the EOS R line while the lens mount is the RF mount.
Yep. The F stands for full frame, in both the EF and RF lenses/mounts. And the S in EF-S and RF-S stands for crop sensor.

But there's an anomoly here - why aren't crop sensor bodies called RS? ;)

"RS7" would have made perfect sense for the R7...