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Venus Optics Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO Lens for Canon EF-M

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Venus Optics Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO Lens for Canon EF-M
Key Features
  • EF-M-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 104mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
Close-focusing, apochromatic, and compact, the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO from Venus Optics is a sleek telephoto prime designed for APS-C-format Canon EF-M-mount mirrorless cameras. Its macro design enables a greater-than-life-size 2:1 maximum magnification along with a 6.7" minimum focusing distance to suit working with close subjects. In regard to the optics, it uses three extra-low dispersion elements to greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to achieve a high degree of clarity and color accuracy. Additionally, it is a manual focus lens, with an internal focusing design, and has a nine-blade diaphragm to contribute to a smooth bokeh quality to suit shallow depth of field applications.
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Venus Optics Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro Overview

Close-focusing, apochromatic, and compact, the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO from Venus Optics is a sleek telephoto prime designed for APS-C-format Canon EF-M-mount mirrorless cameras. Its macro design enables a greater-than-life-size 2:1 maximum magnification along with a 6.7" minimum focusing distance to suit working with close subjects. In regard to the optics, it uses three extra-low dispersion elements to greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to achieve a high degree of clarity and color accuracy. Additionally, it is a manual focus lens, with an internal focusing design, and has a nine-blade diaphragm to contribute to a smooth bokeh quality to suit shallow depth of field applications.

Telephoto prime is designed for APS-C-format Canon EF-M-mount mirrorless cameras and provides a 104mm equivalent focal length.
Featuring an apochromatic designation, this lens uses three low dispersion elements to effectively eliminate chromatic aberrations and color fringing for greater clarity and accurate rendering.
Greater-than-life-size 2:1 maximum magnification pairs with a 6.7" minimum focusing distance to suit working with close-up subjects.
Manual focus design, along with focus distance and depth of field scales, aids in precise focusing control.
Internal focusing maintains the overall length of the lens during use for easier use, especially when working with nearby subjects.
A nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.

Venus Optics Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro Specs

Focal Length65mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 104mm)
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountCanon EF-M
Lens Format CoverageAPS-C
Angle of View24.4°
Minimum Focus Distance6.69" / 17 cm
Maximum Magnification2x
Macro Reproduction Ratio2:1
Optical Design14 Elements in 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size52 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.24 x 3.94" / 57 x 100 mm
Weight11.82 oz / 335 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.485 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.4 x 4.4 x 4.1"

Venus Optics Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro Reviews

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By Micheal
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-18

Great lens for 2:1 macro I use on my a6500 great lens for the price

Sharp

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-13

Seems very sharp so far. The level of magnification is amazing. The manual focus ring is easier to use than other MF lenses I've used.

Excellent Supplement to Fuji Line-Up

By Alex
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-21

The Laova 65mm does indeed focus very close which is why I am a very satisfied owner. The IQ is excellent at least on par with the XF-60 but not up to the XF-56 - I have both. With a narrow depth of field close work focus is never fast in fact the XF-60 is more surefooted at getting auto focus right within it's 2:1 reach. The 65 is very good at all distances, and focusing gets easier at longer distances as DOF increases. Bokeh is remarkably good. Stop down focus is not available but it is reasonably easy to work with up to f:8 on an X-Pro2.

We love this lens

By Geoff
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-10

My daughter and I bought this lens to get close-ups of flowers and bugs. We love it, does a great job for the price. We're waiting for Brood X now!

Much better than expected

By Charles
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-16

All I can say is this lens lives up to all the hype it gets in reviews and on YouTube. Crystal clear, sharp images - and as a super macro it more than exceeds expectations. I have a whole new world open for me now. Great general purpose prime lens too.

Excellent Macro Lens

By Josef
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-19

Best Macro lens for the money. Image quality is very good. It is also, a very good portrait Lens. Con: Manual Focus Only. (I don't mind manual Focus).

Great Fuji x Macro

By Wesley
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-17

A manual lens that is very sharp and well constructed. Manual is fine for my macro work. Good price point.

Stellar macro lens at a great price

By Wade
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-15

I purchased this lens to replace my Fuji XF 60mm f2.4 macro, which is limited to 1:2 magnification, lacks a distance scale and relies on focus-by-wire, making it too hard to pre-focus for a specific magnification. This lens ticked all those boxes at a very attractive price and is a real joy to use for macro photography. Testing at moderate distances (6 feet) sharpness is very good wide open, even in the corners, and is stellar at f4 and higher, matching the great performance of the Fuji 60mm. Centering is also very good in my copy. Sharpness at macro magnifications is also great right through 2:1 magnification. Focusing is very smooth, and the distance, DOF and magnification scales are very well implemented. The supplied metal lens hood is compact and useful, but needs to be removed for focusing at 1:1 or higher to allow enough working distance for lighting, since subjects are only a few inches from the front element. Focus is easy to achieve using focus peaking and focus zoom on Fuji bodies, but at extreme magnification it's often easier to focus by moving the camera back and forth than focusing, so a good macro rail is a useful accessory. The only minor negative I've found so far is that the aperture ring only has detents at full stops, instead of 1/3 stops like native Fuji lenses. But that's not a major concern for this type of lens. Another benefit of this lens over native Fuji 60mm and 80mm macro lenses is it works beautifully for infrared photography, with no noticeable hot spots through f11. Neither Fuji macro is usable with IR, so this opens up some very interesting opportunities for IR flower and insect photography.

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