In early 2020, Venus Optics announced the launch of the Laowa 50mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO Lens for Micro Four Thirds, and the news came that it is now available to pre-order on Bhphoto store.
The main feature of the Laowa lens is 2:1 magnification, which allows for more dramatic images of small objects. Although the macro clicker lens can focus very close to the subject, as little as 13.5cm, it also allows you to aim at infinity, making it a versatile tool for capturing any subject such as nature or portraits.
Another indisputable advantage of the macro lens is the presence of a built-in chip that allows you to control the aperture from the camera. Lens and shooting parameters are correctly recorded in the EXIF file. The lens features an APO construction to reduce chromatic aberration. The company claims the design significantly improves sharpness, clarity, and color accuracy.
The Laowa 50mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO is the first macro lens for Micro Four Thirds camera system from Venus Optics with a maximum magnification of 2:1. This opens up a broad spectrum for extreme close-ups of plants, small insects, structures, or technical motifs on which the smallest details are to be made visible.
The elaborate optical design with three ED glasses is intended for an effective apochromatic correction (APO) and to eliminate chromatic aberration in both the sharp and unclear areas. The focus is manual, solid, and compact metal housing ensures a high level of robustness and suitability for outdoor use.
Nevertheless, this macro lens is extremely light at just 240g and also very compact at only 79mm in length. The focal length of 50mm with Micro Four Thirds corresponds to a 100mm lens on full-frame cameras and therefore is also a suitable portrait lens with beautiful bokeh.
Laowa 50mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO Specifications
- Focal Length: 50mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 100mm)
- Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
- Minimum Aperture: f/22
- Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds
- Format Compatibility: Micro Four Thirds
- Angle of View: 24°
- Minimum Focus Distance: 5.31″ / 13.5 cm
- Maximum Magnification: 2x
- Macro Reproduction Ratio: 2:1
- Optical Design: 14 Elements in 10 Groups
- Diaphragm Blades: 7
- Focus Type: Manual Focus
- Image Stabilization: No
- Front Filter Size: 49 mm
- Dimensions: 53.5 x 79 mm
- Weight: 8.47 oz / 240 g
Price and availability
Venus Optics Laowa 50mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO Lens for Micro Four Thirds has been priced at $399 and is now available to pre-order on the Bhphotovideo.com website.
Last week, Venus Optics has also made available the Laowa OOOM 25-100mm T2.9 Cine lens – the OOOM name stands for “Out Of Our Minds”. This is an all-in-one zoom lens from Laowa for the professional cinema sector with a focal length range of 25-100mm is designed for filmmakers and video producers with high demands.