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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

Key Specs
Focal Length
85mm
Maximum Aperture
f/5.6
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
46 mm (Front)
Maximum Aperture
f/5.6
Minimum Aperture
f/22
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Angle of View
28.55°
Minimum Focus Distance
6.4" / 16.3 cm
Maximum Magnification
2x
Macro Reproduction Ratio
2:1
Optical Design
13 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
7
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
46 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
2.1 x 3.2" / 53 x 81 mm
Weight
10.3 oz / 291 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.26 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
6.5 x 4.5 x 4.1"

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

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why choose this vs the 90? or vice versa?

why choose this vs the 90? or vice versa?
Asked by: Patrick
The 85mm is much smaller and lighter weight than the 90mm. Dimensions (ø x L) 2.1 x 3.2" / 53 x 81 mm, Weight 10.3 oz / 291 g vs the 90mm Dimensions (ø x L) 2.9 x 4.7" / 74 x 120 mm Weight 21.8 oz / 619 g. But the 90mm is better for low light and better bokeh.
Answered by: Dan W
Date published: 2023-10-14

Shouldn't this lens work with a Canon R6?

Shouldn't this lens work with a Canon R6?
Asked by: Sharon
Yes, the Venus Optics Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO Lens (Canon RF) is full frame and has a RF mount. It should work with most RF mount cameras like the R6.
Answered by: Rob K
Date published: 2022-06-07

At what focusing distance is it reproducing at ...

At what focusing distance is it reproducing at 1:1 on an M11?
Asked by: Louis
At 1:1, the focusing distance is 0.19m At 2:1, the focusing distance is 0.163m
Answered by: David B
Date published: 2023-07-03

If the lens needs warranty service, do I have to ...

If the lens needs warranty service, do I have to send it to Hong Kong?
Asked by: William
For more information regarding warranty service on this Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2X Ultra Macro APO Lens, you may e-mail the manufacturer to [email protected].
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2022-12-23

Laowa 85mm f/5.6 macro lens m mount how well does ...

Laowa 85mm f/5.6 macro lens m mount how well does it woerk with an adaptor if want to use wit Fuji, Sony and Leica L mount have all 3 and ddwant m mount if can use for all 3?
Asked by: Thomas
The Venus Optics Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO Lens (Leica M) can work very well with the appropriate adapter for each of those camera systems.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2022-03-21

I'm looking for a macro lens to use for video on ...

I'm looking for a macro lens to use for video on a motion control rig using a focus motor. Would this be a suitable lens to use?
Asked by: Bret
OK, thanks, but wondering why you think it wouldn't be a good choice? because of the lack of focus gears or another technical reason? I was attracted to it for it's size and light weight ––the length and weight of the 100 macro will shift the balance of my rig far forward which I could avoid.
Answered by: Bret
Date published: 2024-03-12

Can anyone confirm if this lens will work with ...

Can anyone confirm if this lens will work with Focus Peaking? (in my case, specifically with Nikon) I'm assuming yes but I'd like to confirm. Thanks!
Asked by: Craig
Yes, any lens without electronic contacts or simply set to manual mode will allow Nikon Z-mount cameras to displayed peaking when this option is turned on in the custom setting menu.
Answered by: Llinelva D
Date published: 2023-07-03

Is the Leica M version rangefinder coupled (above ...

Is the Leica M version rangefinder coupled (above 0.7m of course)?
Asked by: Patrick
No, the Venus Optics Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO Lens (Leica M) is not rangefinder coupled.
Answered by: Yaakov
Date published: 2024-01-05
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