Super light 5.6 / 85mm 2x macro lens from Laowa

With the 1: 2.8 / 100mm macro lens with two-fold magnification (see photointern) and the 2.8 / 50mm 2X macro lens for MFT (see photointern) makes it clear that the Chinese manufacturer Venusoptics wants to become more involved in the field of special lenses. Laowa has now introduced a 5.6 / 85mm 2X Ultra Macro APO lens for mirrorless full-frame cameras, currently the smallest and lightest 2-fold macro lens on the market.

The extremely compact 2: 1 telephoto macro lens for mirrorless full-format cameras has an image angle of 28.55 degrees and, with a focal length of 85 mm, can be used in a wide variety of ways at close range up to twice the magnification. Depending on the camera connection, it weighs just 289 to 314 grams with a diameter of 53mm and a length of only 78mm. It is therefore ideal to always take with you in the photo bag.

The Laowa 5,6 / 85mm 2X Ultra Macro APO lens is available with Canon RF, Leica M, Nikon Z and Sony E connections

The 13 lens elements in 9 groups (high quality 3 ED lenses) and the apochromatic correction (APO) reduce the chromatic aberration to a minimum. The lens can be used both as a macro lens with a close-up limit of 16.3cm or as a portrait lens with a gentle bokeh. The internal focusing prevents accidental contact between the lens and the object. In addition, it also protects against the ingress of dust, for example. With the Leica M version including focus limit display for the rangefinder field of view. The focus and the aperture are set manually.

The double enlargement of the picture enables fascinating macro pictures (Photo: Kiva)

To the scope of delivery include the lens, back cover, front cover and lens hood.

Availability and Price:

The first delivery of the Laowa 5,6 / 85mm 2X Ultra Macro APO will start at the beginning of December 2021. It is expected to cost CHF 598.00 (RRP) with the Sony E, Nikon Z and Canon RF connections, as well as for CHT 659.00 (RRP) the Leica M connector must be available from specialist retailers.

additional Information can be found on the Laowa website.

Laowa 5.6 / 85mm 2X Ultra Macro APO Specifications
Boarding school description 85mm f/5,6 2X Ultra Macro APO
Focal length 85 mm
Light intensity 1:5.6
Optical construction 13 elements in 9 groups
Formatabdeckung 36 x 24 mm
Focus manually
Angle of view 28,55°
Aperture range 5.6 to 22
Aperture blades 7
Aperture setting manual, stepless
Near limit 0,163 m
Max image scale 2:1
Filter diameter ⦰ 46 mm
Camera connections Canon RF, Leica M, Nikon Z, Sony E
Dimensions (⦰ x L) ⦰ 71 x 83 mm
Weights Canon RF 310g, Leica M 289g,
Nikon Z 314g, Sony E 291g

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