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100mm F2.8 Laowa 2:1 Venus macro lens
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    Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO

    Followed by the success of the Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro, the 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro is the 2nd member of Laowa 2:1 macro line-up. This new 100mm lens can cover full frame sensor size and focus from 2:1 magnification to infinity. The wide magnification range allows macro photographers to capture subject at any sizes. This 100mm portrait lens also features an apochromatic (APO) characteristic that no chromatic aberration can be found.

    The 12 elements in 10 groups optics design delivers a crystal sharpness image in both macro and tele distances. Canon EF / Nikon AI / Pentax K / Sony FE mounts are available.

    All four lenses will be available for trial at Venus Optics’ booth (T225) in Beijing P&E Imaging fair during 3rd-6th May 2019. They are expected to be shipped in mid/late 2018.

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    Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, is proud to announce the availability and pricing of the new Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro APO lens.

    Followed by the success of the Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro, the 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro is the 2nd member of Laowa 2:1 macro line-up. This new 100mm lens can cover full frame sensor and focus from 2:1 magnification to infinity. 100mm is a more popular focal length for macro photographers. However, all of the current 100mm macro lenses in the market can only achieve 1:1 (life-size) or even smaller magnification. Shooting with smaller bugs is usually a challenge for macro photographers. The wider magnification range of the new Laowa Macro allows photographers to capture subjects at any size, making it one of the most versatile macro lens in the market. Despite having the wider range, Venus Optics manage to compress the size of the lens to the minimal and it is similar to other 1:1 macro lens in the market.

    Laowa 100mm 2:1 Macro lens also features an apochromatic (APO) characteristic that chromatic aberration is invisible. Chromatic aberration (CA) is one of the most challenging topic for optics designer as it can usually ruin a perfect image. Some of the macro lenses in the market controls the chromatic aberration at the ‘in-focus’ area really well but the CA is uncontrollable in ‘out-of-focus’ rendition. The Laowa 100mm, however, delivers an exceptional performance on chromatic aberration suppression, both at the ‘in-focus’ area as well as ‘out-of-focus’ area. The subject in the image will not be polluted of any unwanted color fringing.

    The Canon version of the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro lens is integrated with a CPU chip and aperture motor. Photographers can now control the aperture and exposure through the camera itself and record the EXIF data into the photos. A focus indicator will also be shown in the camera to assist focus. This new feature also benefits macro photographers when composing at smaller f-stop as the aperture will only close when shutter is released, making the viewfinder so much brighter.

    Not only it is an exceptional macro lens, the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 is also a very decent portrait lens when focus to infinity. The 12 elements in 10 groups optics design delivers a crystal sharpness image in both macro and infinity distances. The bright f/2.8 and circular aperture renders softly diffused bokeh and isolates the subject from its background. The lens has an internal focusing structure that will not extend when focus is changed. A multi-layer coating has also been applied to reduce lens flare and ghosting for increased contrast. Canon EF, Nikon F and Sony FE mounts are currently available.

    Pricing & Availability

    The suggested retail selling price in US of the new Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro APO lens is USD 449/pc (ex-VAT). Pricing varies in different countries.

    The lens is now available to order from Venus Optics authorized resellers and official website (http://www.venuslens.net/) . Shipping is expected to start from late May onwards.

  • Does the Nikon F mount version of this lens have an aperture ring? Looks like it does but I want to confirm before purchasing... TIA

  • @Spectra

    Best to write them, as no one tried lens yet.

  • @Spectra: The Nikon F version should be actually the only (full) manual one - They write "Aperture Coupling (Nikon)". FE and Canon EF are electronically controlled aka they come with electronical controlled apertures. Don´t know, why they chose to use electronics at all (just to control the aperture). Makes not that much sense on such manual lenses (especially on macro ones) - Focal length ID chip would have been enough ^^. LG

  • Thanks for the info... I thought it looked like the F-mount version was a fully mechanical aperture Lens. I want to use this lens on both my Nikon DSLRs and my micro four third bodies (P4K, GX85 etc) so a manual aperture ring is essential.

  • @Spectra: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Laowa%20100mm&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

    Now its also visible at BHPhoto that only the Nikon version comes with the manual aperture ring.
    Did you purchase the lens already btw.? ^^

    LG

  • @Tscheckoff

    Thanks for the update ...That's good to know.

    I probably won't get this lens for a while yet as I don't shoot a lot of macro stuff but I just want to replace a Sigma 150mm I lost a while back.

    Cheers.

  • Venus Optics will release the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO lens for Nikon Z-mount at the beginning of July.