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Venus Optics 'Laowa' 65mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro Review


The Venus Optics Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro Lens is a small and incredibly impressive lens. It allows for dramatic close-up images and provides excellent optical performance, especially for its price. The build quality is very neat, and it is highly recommended.

  • Dramatic close-up images
  • Excellent optical performance
  • Neat and high build quality
  • Reasonable price
  • Manual aperture and focus only

The Venus Optics Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro Lens is a small but incredibly impressive lens that provides phenomenal performance for its price. The maximum aperture of f/2.8 is standard for a lens of this type and allows for decently blurred backgrounds. The build quality is excellent, featuring a metallic build that is tightly assembled. The lens is compact and takes up minimal space in your bag. The focus works smoothly and the lens comes with a dinky little metallic lens hood. The image quality is brilliant, with sharpness and resolution in the middle, although there is a slight softening at the corners at f/4. Distortion and vignetting are low, and there is minimal flaring when bright lights come near your picture. The bokeh is aesthetically pleasing with no longitudinal chromatic aberration. Overall, the Venus Optics Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro Lens is an impressive lens that delivers outstanding performance and build quality for its price, making it highly recommended.


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