Venus Optics has added an L mount version of the Laowa 85mm F5.6 2X Ultra Macro APO to its fleet of optics. It is the smallest 2x full-frame macro lens made specifically for mirrorless cameras.
Retaining all its advantages such as ultra-compact, 2x zoom, APO, etc., it is a new, convenient tool for close-up shooting with L-mount cameras, which will surely delight users of Panasonic, Leica L, and Sigma cameras, as Laowa optics are distinguished by quality, thoughtful functionality and – importantly – democratic pricing.
The 2x zoom lens is extremely small compared to other 1x macro lenses on the market. It weighs only 259g and measures Ø63×84.51mm. The Laowa 85mm f/5.6 can focus from 2x zoom to infinity, providing more flexibility for users. Photographers can now get much more detail.
The lens contains 3 extra-low dispersion elements that eliminate color fringing both in and out of focus. Enlarged images without chromatic aberrations will save a lot of time and effort in post-processing. The lens design does not extend when changing the focus. This avoids collisions and prevents dust from entering the lens.
Price and availability
The suggested retail price for the L-mount version is $449 and is finally available for pre-order on the Bhphotovideo.com website.
Laowa 85mm F5.6 2X Ultra Macro APO specifications
- Sensor Format: Full frame
- Focal length: 85mm
- Aperture range: f/5.6-f/22
- Viewing Angle: 28.55°
- Optical design: 13 elements in 9 groups
- Diaphragm: 7 blade
- Focusing: Manual
- Focus mechanism: Interior
- Minimum focusing distance: 16.3 cm
- Max Magnification: 2x
- Filter thread diameter: Ø46 mm
- Dimensions: Ø63 × 84.51 mm
- Weight (with 2 caps and hood): 289 g
Recently, Kipon has introduced the new Ibelux 40mm F0.85 Mark III lens. The lens is available for Canon EOS M, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, Sony E, and Leica L mirrorless cameras and is priced at $1,780.