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100mm F2.8 Laowa 2:1 Venus macro lens
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    Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO

    Followed by the success of the Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro, the 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro is the 2nd member of Laowa 2:1 macro line-up. This new 100mm lens can cover full frame sensor size and focus from 2:1 magnification to infinity. The wide magnification range allows macro photographers to capture subject at any sizes. This 100mm portrait lens also features an apochromatic (APO) characteristic that no chromatic aberration can be found.

    The 12 elements in 10 groups optics design delivers a crystal sharpness image in both macro and tele distances. Canon EF / Nikon AI / Pentax K / Sony FE mounts are available.

    All four lenses will be available for trial at Venus Optics’ booth (T225) in Beijing P&E Imaging fair during 3rd-6th May 2019. They are expected to be shipped in mid/late 2018.

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    Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, is proud to announce the availability and pricing of the new Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro APO lens.

    Followed by the success of the Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro, the 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro is the 2nd member of Laowa 2:1 macro line-up. This new 100mm lens can cover full frame sensor and focus from 2:1 magnification to infinity. 100mm is a more popular focal length for macro photographers. However, all of the current 100mm macro lenses in the market can only achieve 1:1 (life-size) or even smaller magnification. Shooting with smaller bugs is usually a challenge for macro photographers. The wider magnification range of the new Laowa Macro allows photographers to capture subjects at any size, making it one of the most versatile macro lens in the market. Despite having the wider range, Venus Optics manage to compress the size of the lens to the minimal and it is similar to other 1:1 macro lens in the market.

    Laowa 100mm 2:1 Macro lens also features an apochromatic (APO) characteristic that chromatic aberration is invisible. Chromatic aberration (CA) is one of the most challenging topic for optics designer as it can usually ruin a perfect image. Some of the macro lenses in the market controls the chromatic aberration at the ‘in-focus’ area really well but the CA is uncontrollable in ‘out-of-focus’ rendition. The Laowa 100mm, however, delivers an exceptional performance on chromatic aberration suppression, both at the ‘in-focus’ area as well as ‘out-of-focus’ area. The subject in the image will not be polluted of any unwanted color fringing.

    The Canon version of the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro lens is integrated with a CPU chip and aperture motor. Photographers can now control the aperture and exposure through the camera itself and record the EXIF data into the photos. A focus indicator will also be shown in the camera to assist focus. This new feature also benefits macro photographers when composing at smaller f-stop as the aperture will only close when shutter is released, making the viewfinder so much brighter.

    Not only it is an exceptional macro lens, the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 is also a very decent portrait lens when focus to infinity. The 12 elements in 10 groups optics design delivers a crystal sharpness image in both macro and infinity distances. The bright f/2.8 and circular aperture renders softly diffused bokeh and isolates the subject from its background. The lens has an internal focusing structure that will not extend when focus is changed. A multi-layer coating has also been applied to reduce lens flare and ghosting for increased contrast. Canon EF, Nikon F and Sony FE mounts are currently available.

    Pricing & Availability

    The suggested retail selling price in US of the new Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro APO lens is USD 449/pc (ex-VAT). Pricing varies in different countries.

    The lens is now available to order from Venus Optics authorized resellers and official website (http://www.venuslens.net/) . Shipping is expected to start from late May onwards.

  • Does the Nikon F mount version of this lens have an aperture ring? Looks like it does but I want to confirm before purchasing... TIA

  • @Spectra

    Best to write them, as no one tried lens yet.

  • @Spectra: The Nikon F version should be actually the only (full) manual one - They write "Aperture Coupling (Nikon)". FE and Canon EF are electronically controlled aka they come with electronical controlled apertures. Don´t know, why they chose to use electronics at all (just to control the aperture). Makes not that much sense on such manual lenses (especially on macro ones) - Focal length ID chip would have been enough ^^. LG

  • Thanks for the info... I thought it looked like the F-mount version was a fully mechanical aperture Lens. I want to use this lens on both my Nikon DSLRs and my micro four third bodies (P4K, GX85 etc) so a manual aperture ring is essential.

  • @Spectra: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Laowa%20100mm&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

    Now its also visible at BHPhoto that only the Nikon version comes with the manual aperture ring.
    Did you purchase the lens already btw.? ^^

    LG

  • @Tscheckoff

    Thanks for the update ...That's good to know.

    I probably won't get this lens for a while yet as I don't shoot a lot of macro stuff but I just want to replace a Sigma 150mm I lost a while back.

    Cheers.

  • Venus Optics will release the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO lens for Nikon Z-mount at the beginning of July.

  • Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer specializes in making unique camera lenses, is proud to announce that the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO Lens was awarded with the ‘Best DSLR Macro Lens’ TIPA World Awards 2020 by Technical Image Press Association. Venus Optics is the first Chinese lens manufacturer getting this prestigious award in TIPA history. This is also the second international award received by this macro lens. (Previously been awarded with Lucie Technical Award ‘Best Special Purpose Lens” by Lucie Foundation)

    Venus Optics is also pleased to announce the new Canon RF and Nikon Z mounts are now ready to ship.

    Launched in June 2019, the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO lens is the 2nd 2:1 Macro lens with infinity focus in Laowa Macro Lens lineup. It can achieve double life-sized magnification where most telephoto macro lens in the market can only focus up to 1:1. Unlike other ultra-macro lenses in the market, the Laowa 100mm can also focus to infinity, making it one of the most versatile lens in macro photography, product and portrait photography.

    The Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO lens has adopted an apochromatic (APO) design. Both longitudinal and lateral chromatic aberration has been controlled to the minimal through a carefully designed optics system with 2pcs of extra-low dispersion elements in use.

    Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO Lens can cover full-frame sensor and is available in 5 different mounts (Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony FE, Canon RF & Nikon Z).

    Pricing & Availability

    The suggested retail selling price in US of the new Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO lens is USD 449/pc (ex-VAT). Pricing varies in different countries.

    Both lenses are now available to order from Venus Optics authorized resellers and official website. They are available to ship immediately.

  • Venus Optics has announced its popular Laowa 100mm F2.8 Ultra Macro APO lens is now available for Pentax K mount cameras and is also available in a stepless aperture version for Canon EF mount.

    Quite unusual news.

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    Venus Optics release new variants for Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO: Pentax K-mount and Canon EF-mount (with manual aperture)

    Venus Optics, the photographic lens manufacturer endeavoring in wide-angle lens and macro lens, unveil the release of the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO with Pentax K-mount and Canon EF-mount (manual aperture). Venus Optics have previously launched a Canon EF version for this lens but with automatic aperture control (via camera). Now a manual alternative with stepless aperture ring is provided to cater videographers need. A new door is also opened for Pentax-K users. The Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro lens is now available in 7 different mounts.

    Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO

    Since the release in Apr 2018, Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO has been extremely popular among macro photographers thanks to its outstanding optics performance. It was awarded the "Best DSLR Macro Lens" in TIPA World Award 2020. It is the first 100mm lens equipped with maximum 2x magnification, which stands out from the same category in its class. Featuring an Apochromat (APO) design, the chromatic aberration at both 'in-focus' & 'out-of-focus' area is suppressed to the minimum and the clarity and sharpness are greatly improved. The ability to focus to infinity makes itself even more versatile. Not only is it well-suited for macro photography but also good for portrait shooting.

    The difference between Automatic and Manual Aperture on Canon EF

    Stepless aperture control is one of the most advantageous and essential features for videography. It allows a smooth transition between each aperture level. The clickless aperture ring allows videographers to adjust the aperture smoothly and quietly. Additionally, there are 13 aperture blades assembled in the manual aperture version, giving a very softly diffused out-of-focus rendering.

    Automatic Aperture Coupling Lever for Pentax K

    Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO in Pentax-K mount is assembled with the automatic aperture coupling lever, which allows aperture control via the body of the camera. Users can either use the manual aperture ring or park the focusing ring at the "A" symbol and adjust the aperture via the camera. Exif data would be stored in the metadata as well.

    Pricing & Availability

    The lens is currently available to order in authorized resellers and in Venus Optics official website (http://www.venuslens.net/)

    The ex-VAT retail price of both Canon EF mount and Pentax K mount in the US is USD 449/pc. Pricing may vary in different countries.

    Product Page: https://www.venuslens.net/