A brand-new lens for mirrorless full-frame cameras, the Laowa 58mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO from Venus Optics is now available for Sony E, Canon RF, Nikon Z, and Leica L mount. It is specifically made for mirrorless cameras. This manual focus macro lens delivers a maximum 2:1 magnification ratio for macro images that are larger than life.
The company claims that the lens’s 40.9-degree field of view and ability to focus from 2:1 magnification to infinity, like many other Laowa lenses, make it appropriate for professional macro applications through portraiture and street photography. This is further supported by the 58mm focal length and wide-open f/2.8 aperture, two characteristics that make the lens useful for a variety of purposes other than the macro.
Three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements and three UHRI (Ultra-High Refractive Index) elements are among the 14 elements in 11 groups that comprise the 58mm lens. It features an apochromat (APO) design that is intended to reduce both longitudinal and lateral chromatic aberration, as well as ghosting and fringing to a minimum. When stacking numerous frames on top of one another for macro photography, this should be especially useful.
Venus Optics also asserts that because this lens is made specifically for mirrorless cameras, it has a shorter flange distance, which improves image sharpness while maintaining the lens’s compact design and weight of 595 grams and dimensions of 74 by 117 millimeters, which it values for a good macro shooting experience.
For macro photography, the lens offers a narrow focusing distance of 7.29 inches. According to Venus Optics, a 100mm lens’s shorter focal length enables photographers to capture more in-focus details from a subject while maintaining the same aperture, giving them more freedom to produce distinctive macro photographs. The lens has internal focusing, preventing situations in which macro subjects might obstruct the front of the lens. Additionally, according to Venus Optics, this design choice lessens the likelihood that dust particles may enter the lens. In addition, the lens does not electronically communicate with the camera and is completely manual in its focus.
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