Coming off the strength of a number of recent releases including the Laowa 60mm F/2.8 Macro, Venus Optics’ just announced the launch of their latest macro photography lens, the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Macro APO. For those who are ready for their close-up, Laowa pushes the envelope and begs to get even closer. 

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Macro APO Specs 

  • Focal Length: 100mm 
  • Max. Aperture: f/2.8 
  • Angle of View: 24.4-degrees 
  • Format Compatibility: Full Frame 
  • Lens Structure: 12 elements in 10 groups 
  • Aperture Blades: 9 (Canon), 8 (Nikon), and 13 (Sony) 
  • Min. Focusing Distance: 24.7cm at 2x magnification 
  • Max. Magnification: 2:1 
  • Filter Thread: 67mm 
  • Mounts: Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sony FE 

Up-close and Personal 

While there are plenty of 100mm Macro lenses available, this is the first that offers a 2x magnification factor – turning your typical macro photography into stunning, larger-than-life compositions that can turn your background into an alien landscape. This apochromatic lens (that’s what that APO means) cuts down on chromatic aberration not just around the in-focus areas, but all the way through to the edges – leaving your subject isolated without any color fringing (i.e. less time cleaning things up in Lightroom).  

If you’re not into shooting bugs, dioramas, or anything that’s tiny turned huge the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Macro APO is also designed to work as a capable portrait lens thanks to its 12 element lens construction. The 12 elements and circular aperture makes for creamy bokeh in both macro and infinity distances.  

Pricing & Availability 

Currently you pre-order the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Macro APO directly from Venus Optics or one of their authorized dealers. The lens is expected to retail at $449.