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Venus Optics unveils Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra-Macro Lens

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Venus Optics unveils the new Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro lens, an affordable extreme macro option for full frame cameras.

Featuring a small lens barrel, lightweight design and extended working distance, the new Laowa lens provides an extreme macro photography option for DSLR & Mirrorless cameras.

The macro optic will be available in Nikon F, Canon EF, Pentax K and Sony FE-mount cameras. This 25mm f/2.8 can also be used with APS-C models where it provides an 37.5mm equivalent focal length. Bright f/2.8 maximum aperture is well-suited to working in low and difficult lighting conditions.

The suggested retail price in US is $399. Venus Optics Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro lens is scheduled for shipping in early April 2018. Check out the Venus Optics Laowa lenses at B&H Photo.

Venus Optics Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro lens becomes official

Venus Optics unveils Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra-Macro Lens

The new Laowa 25mm f/2.8 provides a magnification range from 2.5:1 to 5:1 and offers a flexibility for photographers to capture macro subjects with different sizes. The 8 elements in 6 groups design with 1pc of low-dispersion element, creates an outstanding image sharpness across different magnification and greatly reduces the chromatic aberrations and color fringing. The wide focal length gives a relatively deeper depth of field than lenses with longer focal length. This feature is particular essential for photographers who can then stack less images for achieving even sharpness across the frame.

Dedicated solely to macro applications, the lens is carefully designed with an extended working distance (40mm @ 5x) & small lens barrel. This design is aimed to provide sufficient room for lighting reaching the subjects. The lens weigh less than 400g and the compact size make it suitable for shooting both in the field and in the laboratory.

An optional rotating tripod collar is also released for photographers to benefit from mounting the lens onto tripods and compose at different angles.


Focal Length


Max. Aperture


Angle of View


Format Compatibility

Full Frame

Lens Structure

8 elements in 6 groups

Aperture Blades


Min. Focusing Distance

17.3 (5X) – 23.4cm (2.5X)

Max. Magnification

2.5:1 to 5:1

Filter Thread







Canon/ Nikon/ Pentax/ Sony

Check out the product page for more information. For MTF charts and lens design graphs please refer here.