Laowa 100 mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO: The uncompromising magnification

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This new manual Laowa 100 mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO has no equivalent on the market.


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The Chinese producer once again is ahead of its competitors with this new lens. Manual, 100 mm focal length might conquer hearts of dental photographers.

Few sample photos provided by Laowa:

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The full macro

The lens has – as many others – 100 mm focal length and f/2.8 max. aperture, but its 2:1 magnification ratio (while photographing from a 24.7 cm distance) is the distinctive value. What’s more, its dimensions are 75 x 125 mm and it weighs 683 g, identical as rivals with only 1:1 magnification.

The apochromatic optical system, based on 12 lenses in 10 groups, eliminates the chromatic aberration. The producer promises also an outstanding sharpness and radiopacity.

Depending on the system, the lens will have various numbers of aperture blades: Canon EF – 9, Nikon F – 7, Sony E – 13. Mirrorless users will be able to appreciate a „soapy” blur of sharpness. The most comfortable version is the one for Canon, with an EF bayonet and equipped with contacts, making it possible to control the aperture from the camera and moving full EXIF data.

Key features:

  • Focal length: 100 mm
  • Open F value: F 2.8
  • Filter Size: 67 mm
  • Lens construction: 10 groups of 12 elements
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (Canon), 7 (Nikon), 13 (Sony FE)
  • Minimum aperture: F22
  • Maximum aperture: F 2.8
  • Minimum photographing distance: 247 mm (2x)
  • Maximum magnification: 2:1
  • Weight: 638 g

Price and availability

The lens is already available in presale at $450. Shipping is planned for the beginning of June.


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