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Venus Optics Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO Lens (Sony E)

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Venus Optics Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO Lens (Sony E)
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/5.6 to f/22
  • Apochromatic Design, Three ED Elements
  • 2:1 Maximum Magnification
Super compact and super close focusing, the Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO, from Venus Optics, is a short-tele prime offering an impressive 2:1 reproduction ratio for high-magnification macro shooting. Beyond close-focusing, high-magnification performance, this Sony E-mount lens is also distinguished by its sleek and lightweight design and its ability to focus to infinity, making it a versatile choice for walk-around use and portrait subjects, as well.
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Venus Optics Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro ... Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Close-Up Shooting with 2x Maximum Magnification
  • 3Apochromatic Optics
  • 4Compact and Portable Design
By B&H Photo's

Super compact and super close focusing, the Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO, from Venus Optics, is a short-tele prime offering an impressive 2:1 reproduction ratio for high-magnification macro shooting. Beyond close-focusing, high-magnification performance, this Sony E-mount lens is also distinguished by its sleek and lightweight design and its ability to focus to infinity, making it a versatile choice for walk-around use and portrait subjects, as well.

Close-Up Shooting with 2x Maximum Magnification

This lens's calling card is its 2:1 maximum magnification ratio, which permits photographing at greater-than-life-size scale with a minimum focusing distance of 6.4". Not limited to just specialized close-up applications, the lens also focuses to infinity, making it a versatile choice for both macro and portraiture subjects.

Apochromatic Optics

The optical layout includes three extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements, which greatly reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for high color accuracy and clarity. This apochromatic design is especially beneficial when working throughout the focusing range for accurate and consistent color with both close-up and distant subjects.

Compact and Portable Design

  • Compared to conventional macro lenses, this lens has an especially sleek and lightweight design.
  • Modest f/5.6 maximum aperture contributes to the sleek form factor.
  • Designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, this lens is also suitable for APS-C-format cameras and provides a 127.5mm-equivalent focal length.
  • Manual focus operation is benefitted by an internal focusing design that maintains the overall lens length during operation for easier positioning at close-range.

Venus Optics Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro ... Specs

Focal Length85mm
Maximum Aperturef/5.6
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View28.55°
Minimum Focus Distance6.4" / 16.3 cm
Maximum Magnification2x
Macro Reproduction Ratio2:1
Optical Design13 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size46 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.1 x 3.2" / 53 x 81 mm
Weight10.3 oz / 291 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.26 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.5 x 4.5 x 4.1"

Venus Optics Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro ... Reviews

Impressive little lens

By Melissa
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-28

I haven't had a chance to use this lens as much as I would like; however, I have used it enough to know how great it is. The clarity and colors that get picked up by this lens are really good! I do not really have to edit as straight out of camera looks lovely, but I always do edit to bring out more colors and clarity. The fact that this lens is so light is a definite added bonus. I look forward to many more uses with this lens. I wish that it could be a portrait lens too but with the aperture, it's not conducive to that. I am not at all disappointed or regretful for purchasing this affordable lens!

Sharp, compact, and inexpensive

By Phillip
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-10

I typically shoot macros at F11 or so, and I have found this lens to be sharp across the FOV. My only minor complaint is that like many manual lenses does not communicate with the camera, so the camera can not identify it. I would pay a bit extra for that convenience.

Only real macro for the Leica M mount cameras

By E. Roger
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-19

The Venus Optics 85mm macro lens for M mount is an excellent optic, Well built of metal and glass, extremely sharp and focuses to 2X. Before trying it I was a bit concerned with the F 5.6 aperture. After using it, I found it to be quite satisfactory and this aperture allows it to be very small. I highly recommend the Venus Optics Laowa 85mm macro!

Impressive little lens

By Melissa
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-28

I haven't had a chance to use this lens as much as I would like; however, I have used it enough to know how great it is. The clarity and colors that get picked up by this lens are really good! I do not really have to edit as straight out of camera looks lovely, but I always do edit to bring out more colors and clarity. The fact that this lens is so light is a definite added bonus. I look forward to many more uses with this lens. I wish that it could be a portrait lens too but with the aperture, it's not conducive to that. I am not at all disappointed or regretful for purchasing this affordable lens!

The best bang for your buck lens.

By Gabriel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-15

You may be hesitant to by a Chinese 3rd party lens. Let me tell you, don't be. This is absolutely one of the best lenses I own for the price. This lens pairs up well with my M10P and the focus peaking makes it nearly impossible to miss focus. I can't believe the things you can do with this lens for only $500. If you get this lens, you won't be disappointed. Build quality is excellent. It does not feel cheap. The body is all metal and surprisingly, so is the lens hood. The lens cap is a generic cap, but there is nothing wrong with that. Focusing feels smooth with proper resistance. Venus Optics/Laowa really nailed it with this one. It has easily become one of my favorite lenses in my collection.

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