Laowa RF 100mm F2.8 APO 2:1 Macro Review (D. Abbott)

Laowa RF 100mm

Here is a Laowa RF 100mm F2.8 APO 2:1 Macro review. A third party lens for the EOS R system that seems to be rather interesting, and has an interesting price.

At a glance:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Two Low Dispersion Elements
  • Maximum Magnification: 2:1
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 9.7″
  • Manual Focus Design
  • 13-Blade Diaphragm

Dustin Abbott posted his exhaustive Laowa RF 100mm F2.8 APO 2:1 Macro review. He says:

In conclusion, I’m more positive than ever about the Laowa 100mm F2.8 APO 2:1 Macro in the Canon RF mount.  It has the same flaws as before (too short of focus throw, being flare prone), but using the lens on mirrorless really mitigates some of its other shortcomings (manual focus only, no image stabilization) and I’m left with a lens that is generally fun to use and easy to focus.  The punchy colors and images in general remind me of much more expensive APO lenses. When used to its strengths, images from this lens really pop.

And, as a macro lens, it’s additional degree of magnification allows you to do things that lesser lenses cannot.  It unlocks an extra level of creativity, and that Apochromatic design allows you to shoot shiny metal textures without fear of chromatic aberrations destroying the image.

[…] This remains as one of Laowa’s best value lenses, and is certainly a blast to use on a good mirrorless body.

As usual Dustin Abbott’s reviews come with sample images, comparison charts, and all the information you might want to know. Dustin’s reviews are what I look for when I am about to purchase new gear. As usual Dustin Abbott also releases a complete video review. See below.

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Laowa RF 100mm F2.8 APO 2:1 Macro :

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

Characterized by its close-focusing capabilities and apochromatic design, the Canon RF-mount Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO from Venus Optics is a unique and versatile short-telephoto prime. Featuring a pair of low dispersion elements, color fringing and chromatic aberrations have been virtually eliminated throughout the focusing range in order to achieve high clarity and color accuracy. The lens’s manual focus design also suits its macro capabilities, which permit working with subjects as close as 2:1 with a minimum focusing distance of 9.7″. Additionally, a 13-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.

  • Telephoto prime is designed for full-frame Canon RF-mount mirrorless cameras.
  • Featuring an apochromatic designation, this lens uses a pair of low dispersion elements to effectively eliminate chromatic aberrations and color fringing for greater clarity and accurate rendering.
  • Greater-than-life-size 2:1 maximum magnification pairs with a 9.7″ minimum focusing distance to suit working with close-up subjects.
  • Manual focus design, along with focus distance and depth of field scales, aids in precise focusing control.
  • A 13-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.

Canon RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS Review (an excellent upgrade, D. Abbott)

RF 100mm F/2.8L Macro IS Review

Here is a Canon RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS review from one of our favorite reviewers.

Key Features

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • 1.4x Magnification with Autofocus
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 10.2″
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Smooth and Quiet Auto Focus
  • Optical Image Stabilization; Hybrid IS
  • Control Ring for Direct Setting Changes
  • 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Weather-Sealed Construction

Dustin Abbott posted his exhaustive Canon RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS review. From his conclusion:

The Canon RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM is a (mostly) excellent upgrade to the outstanding Canon EF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS.  It gives higher magnification, better resolution, and faster, quieter autofocus.  The improvement to the 1.4x magnification is always welcome, as when you are doing macro work you want as much flexibility as possible.

There are a couple of misses here.  The focus shift issue will impact image sharpness in some situations, and I feel like the SA Control feature is largely going to be a gimmick for most users.  There’s also the reality that the lens has grown a fair bit in size relative to the EF version.  It’s also the best macro option available on RF right now, and the images that it produces are genuinely gorgeous.  Rich color, excellent contrast, and fabulous detail regardless of your distance to the subject.

As usual the review comes with a huge set of sample pictures, comparison charts, and all the information you might want to know. Dustin’s reviews are what I look for when I am about to purchase new gear. And for those who prefer to watch their reviews, Dustin Abbott provides a comprehensive video-review (below, short version first, long version second).

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Black Friday: Venus Laowa 24mm f/14 2x Macro Probe Lens – $1389 (reg. $1599)

Laowa 24mm

Pretty good deal on the Venus Laowa 24mm f/14 2x Macro Probe Lens, for both the RF and the EF mount.

At a glance:

  • Aperture Range: f/14 to f/40
  • Two Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • One Extra Refractive Index Element
  • Magnification: 2:1 to Infinity
  • Min. Focus: 1.5′; Working Distance: 0.8″
  • Integrated Focus and Aperture Gears
  • Long Lens Barrel, Small Front Diameter
  • Built-In LED Ring Light, Micro-USB Power
  • Waterproof Front Lens Barrel

Adorama has a $210 instant discount (13%) on the Venus Laowa 24mm f/14 2x Macro Probe Lens for the RF and the EF mount:

Curated and selected Black Friday deals:

Refurbished lenses and DSLRs at Canon Store (best deals might be found here)

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Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS Review (highly recommended)

RF 100mm F/2.8L Macro IS Review

Here is a Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS review. The RF 100mm Macro is one of the recently released lenses for the EOS R system.

At a glance:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • 1.4x Magnification with Autofocus
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 10.2″
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Smooth and Quiet Auto Focus
  • Optical Image Stabilization; Hybrid IS
  • Control Ring for Direct Setting Changes
  • 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Weather-Sealed Construction

Photography Blog posted their exhaustive Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS review. They seem to be rather fond of the lens. They gave the lens a “highly recommended” and a 4.5/5 rating. From their conclusion:

The Canon RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM is a superb macro lens boasting class-leading magnification, outstanding sharpness, impeccable build quality and a unique Spherical Aberration Control ring.

It delivers outstanding sharpness at both the centre and edges of the frame throughout most of its aperture range, even performing brilliantly when shooting wide-open at f/2.8.

There’s some vignetting which requires you to stop down by at least 2 f-stops to prevent it completely, but there’s little evidence of chromatic aberrations. Distortion is very well controlled even when shooting in the RAW format when the camera body doesn’t apply any automatic corrections.

More coverage of this very interesting lens is listed here.

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Canon Patent: TS-E Macro Lens (might be the TS-E 90mm F2.8L Macro)

Canon Patent

A new Canon patent was spotted by asobinet.com. It’s for a tilt-shift lens and it might apply to an already released Canon lens.

Canon patent application 2021-167982 (Japan) discusses optical formulas for a tilt shift macro lens. The patent literature hints at an already released lens, the Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro. From the patent literature:

PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To obtain an imaging optical system which has less aberration fluctuation during focusing from infinity to a short distance, has high optical performance over the entire focus range, and can easily secure a sufficient amount of peripheral light.

In recent years, an imaging optical system used in an imaging device such as an interchangeable lens still camera has a large aperture ratio, little aberration fluctuation during focusing from infinity to a short distance, and has high optical performance over the entire focus range. Is required.

The double-Gauss type imaging optical system is characterized in that it is easy to make a large-diameter ratio and the aberration fluctuation with respect to the fluctuation of the object distance is relatively small. However, in a double Gauss type imaging optical system, if the entire system is moved during focusing from infinity to a short distance, the amount of movement of the pupil increases. As a result, when trying to secure the peripheral illumination over the entire focus range, the effective diameter of the lens increases and the entire system becomes large.

In order to have a large aperture ratio, high optical performance when focusing from infinity to a short distance, and to obtain a sufficient amount of peripheral light, it is important to appropriately set the lens configuration, the material used for each lens, and the like. Will become.

Thepresent invention is an imaging optical system having little aberration fluctuation due to focusing from infinity to a short distance, having high optical performance over the entire focus range, and easily securing a sufficient amount of peripheral light, and an imaging apparatus having the same. The purpose is to provide.

  • Focal length: 90.00
  • F value: 2.91
  • Image height: 34.00
  • Overall length: 132.06
  • Shooting magnification: 0.5

More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:

Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS – Better Than The EF Mount Version?

RF 100mm F/2.8L Macro IS Review

The Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS gets some attention. It’s relatively affordable and has a rather good performance. Is it worth upgrading from the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS?

At a glance:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • 1.4x Magnification with Autofocus
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 10.2″
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Smooth and Quiet Auto Focus
  • Optical Image Stabilization; Hybrid IS
  • Control Ring for Direct Setting Changes
  • 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Weather-Sealed Construction

If the upgrade is worth your money is what wedding photographer Katelyn James wanted to find out.

As a wedding photographer, a macro lens is a must have. I don’t use it very often but I use it at every single wedding for rings, earrings and other small details. I’ve never had an issue with my EF 100mm but when Canon announced the RF version I knew I had to give it a shot! So this video shares my thoughts and opinions on this new RF lens from Canon!

And here are her thoughts about the Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS.

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