The Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra-Macro: A $399 Full-Frame 5:1 Lens

Venus Optics has just announced its new Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra-Macro lens, an “affordable extreme macro option for full frame cameras.”

The lens provides a magnification range of 2.5:1 to 5:1 and “offers a flexibility for photographers to capture macro subjects with different sizes,” Venus Optics says.

Here’s a size comparison between the Laowa 25mm (above) and the $1,049 Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro lens (below):

With a wide focal length of 25mm, photographers can shoot with a relatively deeper depth of field than when using longer macro lenses. Macro shooters who use a focus stacking technique can create the same images while needing fewer shots to stack.

There’s an extended working distance of 40mm (~1.57in) when shooting at 5x, and the small lens barrel allows more light to reach the subject even when you’re working up close.

It features 8 lens elements in 6 groups, reduction of chromatic aberration and color fringing, a weight of just 400g (14oz), an 8-blade aperture, and an angle of view of 10.3°.

Here are some sample photos captured with the lens:

Photo by Alberto Ghizzi Panizza (Stacked)
Photo by Nicky Bay (Single Shot)
Photo by John Hallmellün (Stacked)
Photo by Jie Ge (Stacked)
Photo by Gua Ge (Stacked)
Photo by Gil Wizen (Stacked)

The new Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra-Macro lens is now available through the Venus Optics website (and through authorized retailers) for Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, and Sony E mounts for $399.