AstrHori 25mm F2.8 Macro 2.0x-5.0x review: a macro lens and then some, with up to 5x magnification

The AstrHori 25mm F2.8 Macro 2.0x-5.0x gives you anything from 2x to 5x magnification, but it’s a bit of a one-trick pony

AstrHori 25mm F2.8 Macro 2.0x-5.0x
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

I find that using the AstrHori 25mm F2.8 Macro 2.0x-5.0x is a fiddly business. It’s not just that it’s a fully manual lens with no autofocus, but depth of field is razor-thin, so you need great precision (and patience). The results can be impressive but, unlike most macro lenses, it only focuses at very short working distances of less than a couple of inches.


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    Monster 2x to 5x macro magnification

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    Good guild and image quality

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    Relatively cheap to buy


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    Fully manual, no electronics

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    Fiddly to use

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    Only for extreme macro close-ups

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I enjoy macro photography and, even with a typical macro lens that has full 1x magnification, filling the image sensor with something little more than the size of a postage stamp enables incredible levels of enlargement when viewing the resulting images on screen or in print. This AstrHori lens gives comparatively super-sized enlargement. From one end of its focusing range to the other, it gives from 2x to 5x macro magnification, revealing the tiniest of details with an almost microscopic view. But is it one of the best macro lenses on the market? Read on and see what you think.

(Image credit: Matthew Richards)
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Mount optionsCanon RF, Fuji X, Leica L, Nikon Z, Sony E
Lens construction10 elements in 7 groups
Angle of view20-9 degrees
Diaphragm blades8
Minimum aperturef/16
Focus distance37.5-45mm
Maximum magnification2.0x to 5.0x
Filter sizeN/A
Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro

The Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro is a very similar lens that’s available in Canon EF & RF, Nikon F & Z, Pentax K, L-mount and Sony E options. However, the Laowa lens is rather more expensive to buy.

AstrHori 18mm f/8 2x Periscope Probe Macro

Fancy something a bit different? The AstrHori 18mm f/8 2x Periscope Probe Macro gives 2x magnification and works as a long probe, ideal for spaces you can’t physically get into. It comes complete with a built in dimmable LED light and is available in Canon EF & RF, Fujifilm X, L-mount, MFT, Nikon Z and Sony E options.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.