Venus Optics has done it again... introducing yet another unusual lens to add to its line-up of optical oddities. The Chinese company is developing a reputation for producing lenses that others wouldn't dare to make, which it markets under the Laowa brand.
The latest example is the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Macro APO – a low-cost manual-focus macro lens for APS-C-sensored mirrorless cameras.
With an effective focal length around 100mm, this is the perfect lens for shooting ultra-close-ups of insects, coins and flowers. But it is also a great lens for portraiture.
What makes this macro lens unusual is that it provides a two-times-life-size maximum magnification, allowing you to focus down to just 17cm. What's more, unlike many of its rivals has a metal casing.
Focal length: 65mm
Aperture range: f/2.8 – f22
Angle of view: 24.4°
Lens construction: 14 elements in 10 groups
Aperture blades: 9
Minimum focusing distance: 17cm
Maximum magnification: 2x
Full frame: no
Filter thread: 52mm
Mounts: Sony E, Fujifilm X, Canon EF-M
Pricing and availability
The Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Macro APO is available immediately in Sony E, Canon EF-M and Fujifilm X mounts, and will retail for $399.
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