“Just because it's 100mm does not mean it's normal”
– 2:1 Magnification at the same physical size
Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra-Macro is the second 2:1 Macro lens that we have (The first one is the 60mm f/2.8). 100mm is one of the most common focal lengths for macro photography usage. All of the 100mm macro lenses on the market can only reproduce 1:1 magnification (life-size) images only. The extended 2x magnification means more details can be seen through the lens. Photographers can now take advantage of the wider magnification range to capture bugs of different sizes.
– Apochromat APO design (invisible CA)
The Laowa 100mm f/2.8 has an Apochromat (APO) design where the chromatic aberration (CA) at BOTH in-focus & out-of-focus areas (Longitudinal CA) is controlled to the minimal. CA has long been one of the most annoying aberrations for macro photography and now you can forget about this and focus more on taking a great shot.
– Similar size to 1:1 macro lens
Despite the extended magnification range, the size of our Laowa 100mm is actually comparable to other macro lenses in the market.
Size Comparison vs other Macro lenses (© ShaoWeiWei)
* Sony FE version is a bit longer than Canon / Nikon version due to the flange distance difference.
– Automatic Aperture (Canon EF), Aperture Coupling (Nikon F)
The Canon version of the Laowa 100mm Macro lens is equipped with an aperture control motor and CPU chip. The aperture can be controlled via the camera body (no aperture control ring on the lens body) and the aperture will close only during shutter release. 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 can also be saved.
All other mounts are manual and the aperture is controlled by the aperture ring on the lens. For Canon RF users, please select Canon EF mount and use it with an EF-EOS R adapter should you want to have an automatic aperture function.
Canon bayonet with built-in CPU chip & motor
– Outstanding Sharpness
© John Hallmèn (Focus stacked at f/3.5)
– Smooth Bokeh rendering
– Outstanding Portrait lens with crystal sharpness
Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro APO is not only an exceptionally macro lens. It can also focus on infinity and is a very decent telephoto portrait lens.
Watch the review from Christopher Frost Photography: