Laowa has announced 100mm f2.8 Ultra Macro lens
This is an interesting and slightly cheaper option for photographers shooting/filming macro subjects. Venus Optics Laowa has added a new lens to their macro lineup. Earlier it had launched the 60mm f2.8 2:1 macro lens. Now Laowa has added to its 2:1 macro lineup of lenses with the announcement of the 100mm f2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro APO lens for full frame cameras.
This lens has got 12 elements divided in 10 groups. The lens has 9 blade diaphragm which results in pleasing bokeh.
There is a pair of apochromatic elements to reduce the chromatic aberration. Laowa says that the use of APO element makes chromatic aberration invisible. This design is supposed to make an excellent sharp image in both macro as well as infinite distances with high clarity and colour accuracy. We will only be able to verify after physical testing.
This lens is similar in size to other 100mm macro lenses. It is 72mm by 125mm. Being a macro lens there is manual focusing capabilities which helps in working with subjects that are as close as 2:1. The minimum focusing distance is 9.7 inches. The wider magnification range is likely to help capture subjects at any sizes.
The aperture range of this 100mm lens is from f2.8 to f22. The size of the front filter thread is 67mm.
This 100mm macro lens is available in Canon EF, Nikon AI and Sony FE mounts. The aperture of Canon version can be controlled by the electronic motor in the lens (Compose at wide open). Photographers no longer need to compose their shots in a dark viewfinder. A focus assistance indicator will also be shown in the camera. EXIF data will also be saved into the camera.
The weight of the Laowa 100mm f2.8 lens is 638 gms. It doesn’t have any image stabilisation.
Price: It is Available this May, at £469 inc vat in Europe. This lens is priced at $449 USD at B&H: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/searc...=13252&KWID=EZ