Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Macro APO now comes in Nikon Z and Canon RF mounts

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Macro APO for Canon RF
(Image credit: Venus Optics)

Laowa has announced that its  100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro APO lens is now available in Nikon Z and Canon RF mounts. The full-frame lens was launched in spring last year on Sony FE, Nikon F and Canon EF mounts. The lens provides, as its name suggests, a 2:1 twice-lifesize magnification ratio – allowing photographers to focus in on microscopic detail. This is twice the magnification available with standard macro lenses.

The 100mm f/2.8 lens is not just suitable for close-ups of insects and flowers, as it its focal length and fast maximum aperture make it a great choice for portraiture on full-frame Nikon Z6/Z7 and Canon EOS R/RP mirrorless bodies. Used on a Nikon Z50 the lens offers an effective focal length of 150mm.

The new manual focus variants of the lens share the same optical construction as the Sony FE mount version released last year.

(Image credit: Venus Optics)


Focal length: 100mm

Autofocus: No

Image stabilization: No

Max. aperture: f/2.8

Minimum aperture: f/22

Angle of view: 24.4°

Lens construction: 12 elements in 10 groups

Aperture blades: 13 (Canon RF, Nikon Z, Sony FE), 9 (Canon EF), 7 (Nikon F), 

Minimum focus: 24.7cm 

Max. magnification: 2:1

Filter thread: 67mm

Dimensions: 72 x 155 mm (Sony E, Canon RF, Nikon Z), 72 x 125 mm  (Canon EF, Nikon F)

Weight: 650g (Sony E, Canon RF, Nikon Z) 638g (Canon EF, Nikon F) 

Mounts: Canon EF / Canon RF/ Nikon Z / Nikon F / Sony FE

Pricing and availability

(Image credit: Laowa)

Venus Optics, the manufacturers of the Laowa brand, tells us that the Nikon Z and Canon RF versions of the 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro APO lens are now ready to ship. The price is expected to be $449 / £469. 

Read more:
The best macro lenses in 2020

The best Nikon Z lenses

The best Canon RF lenses

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.