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What is this new Laowa 90mm f/2.8 CA-Dreamer 2x Macro lens?

Laowa 90mm f/2.8 macro 2X
(Image credit: Laowa)

According to a report from Sony Alpha Rumors, (opens in new tab) lens manufacture Laowa has just announced a new 90mm macro lens in Japan which the company is calling, FFII 90mm f/2.8 CA-Dreamer Macro 2X. Laowa don't make it easy when they think of lens names… so what exactly is this new lens?

(Image credit: Laowa)

This new 90mm f/2.8 2x Macro has been designed exclusively for full-frame mirrorless cameras and is available in a variety of mounts including Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF, and Leica L mount - that's quite a lot of choice so best guess is that plenty of you would be bale to pick up this lens and use it on your mirrorless cameras. 

The party trick with this lens is that it is a double macro, offering up to 2:1 magnification, meaning you can get so close to your subject you could almost touch them with the front element of the lens, its shortest shooting distance being just 204mm and working distance 74mm, you'll be sure to take some detailed shots.

The lens features 13 diaphragm blades with 3 extra-low dispersion glass and 3 ultra high refraction elements within its element group and is smaller and lighter than any single-les reflex lenses on the market according to Laowa, then again that isn't hard theses day with manual focus only lenses.

Whether this is your cup of tea or not is up to you, some macro photographers instantly know that they will want, while other might take a pass - one thing is for certain, Laowa are not slowing down their lens offerings. 

Yes, this announcement was made in Japan however, I think we will see this lens in our stores soon enough, after all it would not make any sense from a business standpoint to have one lens available in only one continent.

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Sebastian Oakley
Sebastian Oakley

For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specialising in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound and many more for various advertising campaigns, books and pre/post-event highlights.


He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected in to BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 


He is familiar with and shows great interest in medium and large format photography with products by Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa and Sinar and has used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI and everything in between. His work covers the genres of Equestrian, Landscape, Abstract or Nature and combines nearly two decades of experience to offer exclusive limited-edition prints to the international stage from his film & digital photography.