Venus Optics Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro Lens for Sony E

Venus Optics Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro Lens for Sony E

Venus Optics Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro Lens for Sony E

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Product Highlights

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/16
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • 2.5:1 to 5:1 Magnification
  • 6.8" Min. Focus, 1.6" Working Distance
  • Manual Focus Operation
  • Slim Lens Barrel Design
  • 8-Blade Diaphragm
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Venus Optics 25mm f/2.8 overview

  • 1Description

Dedicated to extreme close-up imaging, the Sony E-mount Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro from Venus Optics is a specialized macro lens for photographing subjects at magnifications greater than life-size. Operating within a 2.5:1 to 5:1 range, this lens has a minimum focus distance of just 6.8" at the 5:1 magnification along with a comfortable 1.6" working distance. This range is benefitted by the wide-angle focal length, too, in order to achieve greater depth of field compared to long focal length macro lenses. Complementing the close-up capabilities, the optical design incorporates one extra-low dispersion element to reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for a high degree of clarity. Additionally, distinguishing itself from other macro lenses, this 25mm f/2.8 is characterized by its notably sleek and lightweight design for easier handling and more room to work with artificial lighting.

Prime 25mm f/2.8 is designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 37.5mm equivalent focal length.
Specifically developed for macro photography, this lens is designed for use within a 2.5:1 to 5:1 magnification range for producing greater-than-life-size imagery. This lens does not offer infinity focus.
When at 5:1 magnification, the lens has a minimum focusing distance of 6.8" along with a working distance of 1.6", which affords sufficient room for illuminating your subject. At the 2.5:1 position, a minimum focusing distance of 9.2" is possible along with a working distance of 1.8".
Wide-angle design benefits the high magnification design by providing greater depth of field compared to telephoto or long lens designs.
Manual focus operation for precise control over focusing distance when working with close-up subjects.
One extra-low dispersion element greatly reduces chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color accuracy.
Eight-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out of focus quality when using shallow depth of field.
Especially slim and lightweight physical design is easier to use handheld and offers more room for illuminating close-up subjects.
In the Box
Venus Optics Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro Lens for Sony E
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Venus Optics 25mm f/2.8 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 25mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
    Minimum: f/16
    Camera Mount Type Sony E
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Minimum Focus Distance 6.81" / 17.3 cm
    Magnification 5x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:0.2
    Optical Design 8 Elements in 6 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 8
    Features
    Autofocus No
    Physical
    Filter Thread None
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.56 x 3.23" / 65 x 82 mm
    Weight 14.11 oz / 400 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.0 x 5.0 x 4.5"

    Venus Optics 25mm f/2.8 reviews

    Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro Lens for Sony E is rated 2.7 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unexpectedly Poor Image Quality After two months of eager anticipation, I finally received my Venus Optics Laowa 25mm. I had fully expected this lens to easily outperform my Mitakon Zhongyi�20mm super macro lens (which is my go to for shooting 4:1 Macro) but was surprised to find that the lens produced images with incredibly poor IQ. This completely took me by surprise as the construction of the lens is solid and even using it was a joy (which I can't say about my�Mitakon Zhongyi�20mm). After creating several macro stacks using different apertures and magnification ratios, I was unable to produce a single acceptable photo. To show you the comparison, I have attached two images; one taken with my�Mitakon Zhongyi�20mm (Quarter "in god we trust") and the other with my new Venus Optics Laowa 25mm (Cent "1957-D"). The image quality between these two lenses is shocking. Considering the�Mitakon Zhongyi�20mm sells for $179 and the Venus Optics Laowa 25mm costs $400 I had expected much more. I’m not ruling out this lens just being a dud and I will be exchanging it for a new one immediately (if that’s the case I will be updating this review accordingly) but as it stands this lens was unable to produce a single usable photo after several hours of use and left me extremely disappointed.
    Date published: 2018-06-06
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Expected more from Venus Though this is an alright lens, it lacks in sharpness. The absence of a Focus Ring makes it impossible to do any type of Focus stacking, and in order to get a good photo of any subject using f/12 - f/16 is best, anything less leaves the image less than desirable. Handheld is nearly impossible also, so using a solid slider is a must.
    Date published: 2018-07-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Love this lens. very sharp. twin flash system by venus is a must as well. Handheld at x5 with no problems for photos Instagram @frankenstein__
    Date published: 2018-07-06
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    Venus Optics 25mm f/2.8 Q&A

    Venus Optics 25mm f/2.8 accessories

    Designed for use with:

    • Sony NEX-EA50M
    • Sony PXW-FS5
    • Sony PXW-FS7
    • Sony PXW-FS7M2
    • Sony Alpha A5000
    • Sony Alpha A5100
    • Sony Alpha A6000
    • Sony Alpha A6300
    • Sony Alpha A6500
    • Sony Alpha A7
    • Sony Alpha A7 II
    • Sony Alpha A7 III
    • Sony Alpha A7R
    • Sony Alpha A7R II
    • Sony Alpha A7R III
    • Sony Alpha A7S
    • Sony Alpha A7S II
    • Sony Alpha A9
    • Sony Alpha a7
    • Sony Alpha A6500
    • Sony Alpha A7S II
    • Sony A7R III
    • Sony NEX-EA50M
    • Sony NEX-EA50UH
    • Sony NEX-FS700R
    • Sony NEX-VG30
    • Sony NEX-VG900
    • Sony PXW-FS5
    • Sony PXW-FS5M2
    • Sony PXW-FS7
    • Sony PXW-FS7M2
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