Laowa launches new 65mm f/2.8 2X Macro APO Lens for APS-C

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The lens is the first one from Venus Optics designed especially for APS-C mirrorless cameras and comes in three different versions: for Sony E, FUJIFILM X and Canon EF-M lens mount.

The producer says it is the only APS-C mirrorless lens in the market that is capable of achieving a 2:1 magnification. Its 9-bladed aperture can be manually set between f/2.8 and f/22.

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The full-frame equivalent focal length of this lens is approximately 100mm – this length is also the most popular amongst other producers. The Laowa 65mm 2X Macro lens can focus from 2:1 all the way to infinity so it can also be used for standard shooting, like portraits, which makes it really useful in our everyday dental photography. The 2:1 maximum magnification ratio along with a minimum focusing distance of 6.7” (17cm) makes it a very capable macro lens. Standard magnification (1:1) is always needed by any photographer, but when it comes to the intraoral photography, the 2:1 magnification expands dental photographer’s opportunities.

One must remember, though, about the difficulties that manual lens may cause: the fully automatic aperture allows to focus in a clearly better and easier way and this is the price we need to pay in this case.

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Below is a collection of sample images provided by Venus Optics:

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Laowa 65mm  f/2.8 2X Macro APO Lens for APS-C

Technical Specifications

  • Focal Length: 65mm
  • Aperture: f/2.8 – f22
  • Angle of view: 24.4°
  • Lens Structure: 14 elements in 10 groups (3 extra-low dispersion glass)
  • Aperture Blades: 9
  • Min. Focusing Distance: 17cm
  • Max. Magnification: 2x
  • Focus mode: Manual Focus
  • Dimensions: φ57mm*100mm
  • Filter Thread: φ52mm
  • Weight: 335g
  • Format Compatibility: APS-C
  • Mounts: Sony E / Fuji-X / Canon-M

Price & Availability

This newest Laowa lens is already available and it cost around $399.

If you are looking for a macro lens, please check out our Equipment section!

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