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Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Macro APO Lens For Canon EOS M (and other mounts) Announced

Laowa 65mm F/2.8 2X Macro APO

Venus Optics released another interesting lens at an affordable price, the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Macro APO.

The Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Macro APO will be available for Canon EOS M, Fujj X and Sony E camera systems. The price of this manual lens is $399. Laowa lenses are listed at B&H Photo and Adorama.

Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Macro APO MFT and specifications:

Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Macro APO
Format CompatibilityAPS-C
Focal Length65mm
Angle of view24.4°
Aperturef/2.8 – 22
Lens Structure14 elements in 10 groups 
Aperture Blades9
Min. Focusing Distance17cm
Max. Magnification2:1
Filter Thread52mm 
DimensionsΦ57mm×100mm
Weight335g
MountFuji-X/ Canon EOS-M / Sony E

Press release:

Venus Optics announce pricing and availability of Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X macro lens, a compact macro lens with 2:1 magnification and invisible CA

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.

1) 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.

2) Lightweight & Compactness

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.

3) 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.

4) 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’.

5) 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.

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