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Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Macro APO gets in twice as close as other macro lenses

Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2X Macro APO
(Image credit: Venus Optics)

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.

Laowa has made macro lenses something of a speciality, with previous highlights including the proposterous Laowa 24mm f/14 2x Macro Probe and the Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5x.

(Image credit: Venus Optics)


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
Autofocus: no
Full frame: no
Dimensions: 57x100mm
Filter thread: 52mm
Weight: 335g
Mounts: Sony E, Fujifilm X, Canon EF-M

(Image credit: Venus Optics)

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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