Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO Lens Officially Announced, Priced $449/ $499

Venus Optics has just officially announced the new Laowa 85mm F5.6 2x Ultra Macro Apo lens for Canon RF, Nikon Z, Sony FE and Leica M mounts.  It is a mirrorless-designed macro lens with 28.55° angle of view for full frame. It is the smallest 2x macro lens in the Full Frame market. It weighs just around 252g (Leica M mount without caps and hood) which is super portable and handy for macro shooters. It features an apochromatic (APO) characteristic that chromatic aberration at both ‘in-focus’ & ‘out-of-focus’ is compressed to minimum. This new lens is able to focus from 2:1 magnification to infinity which can serve as both macro and portrait lens with great image quality.

This new lens costs $449 for Canon RF, Nikon F and Sony FE. Leica Mount costs $499.

LAOWA’s new lens is a medium telephoto macro, and it seems that it is a very small and light lens by suppressing the F value to 5.6 even though the maximum shooting magnification is 2 times. With this size, it doesn’t hurt to keep it in the camera bag all the time. When the magnification is doubled, a new world is likely to open up for subjects that cannot be taken with a macro of the same magnification.

Below are the key features of Laowa 85mm F5.6 2x Ultra Macro Apo lens:

  • Focal Length 85mm
  • Max. Aperture f/5.6
  • Angle of View 28.55°
  • Format Compatibility Full Frame
  • Lens Structure 13 elements in 9 groups (3 ED glasses)
  • Aperture Blades 7
  • Min. Focusing Distance 16.3cm
  • Max. Magnification 2:1
  • Filter Thread Ф46mm
  • Dimensions Φ53mm×81mm (Sony E)
  • Weight (with lens cap, rear cap and lens hood) Canon RF: 310g / Nikon Z: 314g/ Sony FE:291g /Leica M: 289g
  • Mounts Canon RF/ Nikon Z/ Sony E/ Leica M