New Venus Optics Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro lens for Nikon F-mount announced

Venus Optics announced a new full frame macro lens for Nikon F-mount: Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra. The US price will be $399. Here are the details (Google translation):

  • It is a macro lens for full size of manual focus.
  • The shortest shooting distance is 173 to 223.5 mm and shooting magnification 2.5 to 5 times is available.
  • It is possible to secure a working distance of 40 mm (5 times) to 45 mm (2.5 times) by optical design with a special configuration. It can correspond to various lighting to obtain better shooting result.
  • By adopting ultra low dispersion lens (UD lens), by appropriately suppressing chromatic aberration and color fringe, it is possible to capture images with high sharpness and high color reproducibility.
  • Each lens is coated with multilayer coating, minimizing ghost and flare. Therefore, under a strong light source, it is possible to take pictures with a very high contrast and neutral color.
  • Adopting a metal enclosure with excellent robustness.
  • It is compact, lightweight and excellent in portability.
  • Shipping starts in April 2018

Lens specifications:

  • Focal length: 25 mm
  • Open F value: F 2.8
  • Field of View: 10.3 degrees
  • Lens construction: 6 groups 8 pieces
  • Minimum aperture: F16
  • Maximum aperture: F 2.8
  • Minimum photographing distance: 173 mm to 223.5 mm
  • Working Distance: 40 mm - 45 mm
  • Shooting magnification: 2.5 times to 5 times
  • Number of diaphragm blade: 8
  • Weight: 400 g
  • Corresponding mount: Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony FE

MTF charts and lens design:


Update - here is a video review of the new lens (sample photos are available here):

Venus Optics Laowa lenses are sold at B&H.

Via PhotoRumors

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