Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO Lens - EF Manual Aperture & Pentax K Models Added
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Venus Optics has added two new lens mount options to its Laowa 100mm f / 2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO dual lens mount lens – Pentax K and Canon EF with a stepless manual aperture ring. The lens is therefore now available in seven different models – Canon EF (with automatic iris or manual iris ring), Nikon F, Pentax K, Canon RF, Nikon Z and Sony FE.

The Chinese lens manufacturer Venus Optics has many interesting macro lenses in its Laowa brand line. One of them is the full frame Laowa 100mm f / 2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO lens. Venus Optics was originally launched in May 2019 and has just added new lens mount options. Let's take a quick look at what exactly is new.

Laowa 100 mm f / 2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO lens – new lens mounts

Laowa 100mm Macro Sample Photo. Photo credit: Thomas Shahan

When it comes to this full frame macro lens, having the different versions available for different lens mounts has not been very easy. So let's break it down.

At the time of launch in May 2019, three models were available. Two SLR lens mounts – Canon EF, and Nikon F. – and a mirrorless bracket – Sony FE. The Canon EF version is the only model that has a CPU chip and a motor to control the aperture from the camera motor. This model therefore comes WITHOUT a manual aperture ring.

In April 2020, Venus Optics added two more models with mirrorless mounts – Canon RF and Nikon Z.. Both versions are completely manual.

Laowa 100mm Macro for Pentax K. Source: Venus Optics

Now Venus Optics is adding two more models to round off the Laowa 100mm f / 2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO family – Pentax K. and Canon EF Mount model with manual aperture ring. According to Venus Optics, the aperture ring on this lens is stepless (click-free), making it more suitable for videos. In addition, 13 aperture blades are mounted in the manual aperture version (compared to 9 in the automatic aperture version), which should create a more appealing bokeh.

Laowa 100mm macro for Canon EF with manual aperture ring. Source: Venus Optics

The Pentax K-Mount version is equipped with the automatic iris clutch lever, which enables both automatic iris control via the camera body (turn the iris ring to "A") and fully manual control. EXIF data is also supported.

Laowa 100mm Macro for Pentax K. Source: Venus Optics

Laowa 100mm f / 2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO properties

We have already written about this lens several times, so I will only summarize the most important properties here. You can of course read any of our older articles on this 2X Macro Lens (here or here) to see all the technical details.

Laowa 100mm macro lens structure. Source: Venus Optics

According to Laowa, the lens was awarded the “Best DSLR Macro Lens” at the TIPA World Award 2020. It is characterized by the maximum 2x magnification, an apochromat (APO) design and the ability to focus to infinity.

Laowa 100mm Macro Sample Photo. Photo credit: Frank Deschandol

Laowa 100mm f / 2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO Key Specifications

  • Focal length: 100mm
  • Aperture: f / 2.8 – f / 22
  • Viewing angle: 24.4 °
  • Format compatibility: full screen
  • Lens structure: 12 elements in 10 groups
  • Aperture blades: 9 (Canon EF with automatic aperture), 7 (Nikon F, Pentax K), 13 (Sony, Canon R, Nikon Z, Canon EF with manual aperture ring)
  • Minimum. Focusing distance: 24.7 cm
  • Max. Magnification: 2: 1
  • Filter thread: 67 mm
  • Dimensions: 72.4 mm × 134 mm (Canon EF with manual iris), 72.4 mm × 138 mm (Pentax K)
  • Weight: 640 g

Laowa 100mm Macro for Pentax K. Source: Venus Optics

Price and availability

Both new versions of the Laowa 100mm f / 2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO lens are available now. The retail price for both models has been set at $ 449, which is the same as the other versions in existence.

What do you think of the Laowa 100mm f / 2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO lens? Do you have experience with this lens? Would you prefer this or any other 100mm macro lens? Why? Let us know in the comments below the article.

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