Followed by the success of the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO Canon EF (Auto Aperture), the 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro is the 2nd member of the Laowa 2:1 macro line-up. 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 on the market but its wider magnification range allows macro photographers to capture subjects of any size. This 100mm f/2.8 lens can also focus to infinity and serve as a portrait lens with exceptional optic quality.
Only Canon EF version is equipped with a CPU chip and motor for aperture control via the camera. All other mounts are manual and the aperture is controlled by the aperture ring on the lens. Nikon F mount version now features Ai coupling – a mechanical aperture coupling compatible with advanced Nikon cameras that tells the camera the maximum aperture of the lens.
Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO Canon EF (Auto Aperture) Features
– 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 minimum. 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 on 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.
– Outstanding Sharpness
– 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.
Brand Laowa Manufacture SKU VE10028C UPC 6940486700725 Focal Length 100mm Max. Aperture f/2.8 Angle of View 24.4° Format Compatibility Full Frame Lens Structure 12 elements in 10 groups Aperture Blades 9 (Canon), 7 (Nikon), 13 (Sony FE) Min. Focusing Distance 24.7cm (2X) Max. Magnification 2:1 Filter Thread 67mm Dimensions Ф72 x 125 mm (Sony version: Ф72 x 155 mm) Weight 638g Mounts Canon / Nikon / Sony FE