It features an apochromatic (APO) characteristic that chromatic aberration at both ‘in-focus’ & ‘out-of-focus’ is both invisible. This new 100mm lens can cover full frame sensor size and focus from 2:1 magnification to infinity. The lens has a similar physical size to other 100mm Macro lenses in the market but its wider magnification range allows macro photographers to capture subjects at any sizes. This 100mm f/2.8 lens can also focus to infinity and serve as a portrait lens with exceptional optics quality.
“Just because its 100mm does not mean its normal”
– 2:1 Magnification at 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 length for macro photography usage. All of the 100mm macro lenses in the market can only reproduce 1:1 magnification (life-size) image 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 at different sizes.
– Apochromat APO design (invisible CA)
The Laowa 100mm f/2.8 has a Apochromat (APO) design where the chromatic aberration (CA) at BOTH in-focus & out-of-focus area (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 as 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)
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.
Canon bayonet with built-in CPU chip & motor
– Outstanding Sharpness
– Smooth Bokeh rendering
– Outstanding Portrait lens with crystal sharpness
Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro APO is not only a exceptionally macro lens. It can also focus to infinity and is a very decent telephoto portrait lens.
Watch the review from Christopher Frost Photography: