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

BH #VE2528FE • MFR #VE2528SFE
Venus Optics Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro Lens for Sony E
Key Features
  • 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
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.
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Venus Optics Laowa 25mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro Overview

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 but 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.

Venus Optics Laowa 25mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro Specs

Key Specs
Focal Length
25mm
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
No
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8
Minimum Aperture
f/16
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Minimum Focus Distance
6.81" / 17.3 cm
Maximum Magnification
5x
Macro Reproduction Ratio
5:1
Optical Design
8 Elements in 6 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
8
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
No
Dimensions (ø x L)
2.56 x 3.23" / 65 x 82 mm
Weight
14.11 oz / 400 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.685 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
7.25 x 4.85 x 4.45"

Venus Optics Laowa 25mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro Reviews

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So, for those who have this lens, what do you use ...

So, for those who have this lens, what do you use for a flash?
Asked by: Jeff
The Venus Macro Twin light is a good macro light option for the 25mm Ultra Macro lens. https://bhpho.to/2v1d2DM
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2023-01-25

Is it compatible with Sony a6400 camera?

Is it compatible with Sony a6400 camera?
Asked by: Shams
Yes, the lens is designed and made for all E mount body systems.
Answered by: hectorm
Date published: 2023-05-10

Other than internal clip filters, can one add ...

Other than internal clip filters, can one add filters to this lens?
Asked by: David
No this lens does not have filter threads
Answered by: vilson
Date published: 2021-02-18

Will this work with Nikon D7500 crop senor

Will this work with Nikon D7500 crop senor
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, it will work with a crop sensor (Nikon DX format), but its magnification is increased from 2.5-5 to about 3.6-7.5. I use it with my D500, also DX format. Because it has such high magnification, it has very narrow depth of field, so it is a major challenge to use this lens unless you use a macro rail and focus stacking. Using it on a DX body is even more problematic, since the magnification is even higher.
Answered by: Tom
Date published: 2020-03-04

Is there a focus ring on this lens to manually ...

Is there a focus ring on this lens to manually focus? I'm seeing confusing statements about the requirement of moving the camera to focus.
Asked by: dawn
There is a ring that will extend the lens from out from 2.5-5x magnification. This is a prime/ fixed 25mm lens. It does not have a “focus” ring that you would find on a traditional zoom lens. You would have to move the camera to find your area of focus. This lens is best paired with a macro rail and tripod for that reason.
Answered by: Brian
Date published: 2022-05-16

I know Venus Optics has a CanonFE to Micro 4/3s ...

I know Venus Optics has a CanonFE to Micro 4/3s adapter on their website and B&H don't appear to have in their catalog. Would ANY generic adapter (such as https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1413074-REG/fotodiox_eos_mft_lens_mount_adapter_for.html) work with this lens?
Asked by: Joseph
Yes, any EF to MFT adapter will work.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-01-12

Does the focus ring move outward with the lens as ...

Does the focus ring move outward with the lens as it extends?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, the focus ring on the Venus Optics Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro Lens for Canon RF move outward with the lens as it extends.
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2022-03-18

Will this fit 1971 Nikon F2?

Will this fit 1971 Nikon F2?
Asked by: Jason
Yes, the Venus Optics Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro Lens for Nikon F can be used on an old manual Nikon film camera such as the F2.
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2022-11-09
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