Venus Optics announced the world’s first 2x macro lens for MFT: Laowa 50mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO 

Anhui China, Aug 12, 2020 – Venus Optics, the camera lens manufacturer endeavoring in unique ultra-macro lenses, announce the release of Laowa 50mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO Lens. The new 50mm lens is specially designed for Micro Four Thirds (MFT) cameras and it is the first-ever 2X macro lens designed for this sensor size. The lens also features an apochromatic (APO) design to minimize the chromatic aberrations across the frame. The ex-VAT retail price is USD 399/pc and pricing may vary in different countries. 

1) Focus from infinity to 2X macro magnification 

Unlike most of the MFT macro lenses in the market which can focus only up to 1X, the new Laowa 50mm macro lens offers a 2X maximum magnification ratio along with a minimum focusing distance of 5.3” (13.5cm). It has become the first lens ever designed with a greater-than-life-size (2:1) maximum magnification for MFT cameras, allowing photographing close subjects with finer details. The wider magnification range also makes itself flexible for shooting subjects at different sizes. The lens can focus to infinity and serve as an excellent portrait lens with its 100mm equivalent field of view on 35mm sensors.

2) Equipped with a CPU chip and motor (Automatic aperture) 

The lens is equipped with a CPU chip and motor and the aperture can be controlled via the camera body. All the lens data is directly recorded on EXIF. Moreover, the focus magnifier would automatically triggered for easier focus control when the focus ring is rotated. 

3) Apochromatic optical (APO) design 

The new 50mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro has a optics design with 14 elements in 10 groups, three out of which are extra-low dispersion glasses to minimize chromatic aberrations across the frame. 

This lens has inherited the exceptional APO design from Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO, where both lateral chromatic aberration (LaCa) and longitudinal CA (LoCA or Bokeh Fringing) are eliminated.  

4) Lightweight & Compactness 

The 50mm lens is extremely compact and light in weight. It measures 3.1” (79mm) long and weighs only around 8.4oz (240g). Venus Optics take advantage of the short flange distance of mirrorless cameras and compress the size of the lens to the minimal. An internal focus design is also adopted so that the length of the lens can be maintained during focusing. 

Ⓒ Richard Wong 50mm (left) vs 65mm (right) Anhui ChangGeng Optical Technology Company Limited (Venus Optics) Email: [email protected] Website: 

5) Compatible with MFT 

With the previous success of the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra macro APO which was optimized for APS-C, the new 50mm lens is specially developed for MFT mirrorless camera users. It can be used on Panasonic, Olympus, BMPCC 4K, etc. 

6) Pricing & Availability 

The lens is currently available to order in authorized resellers and in Venus Optics official website ( Shipping starts immediately. The ex-VAT retail price in the US is USD 399/pc. Pricing may vary in different countries.  

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Specifications LAOWA 50mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO MFT 
Format  MFT 
Focal length  50mm 
Angle of View  24° 
Aperture  f/2.8-22 (Automatic aperture) 
Optical Structure  14 elements in 10 groups 
Aperture Blade  7 blades 
Closest focusing distance  13.5cm 
Max. Magnification  2X 
Focus  Manual 
Filter thread  ø49mm 
Dimension  ø53.5mm*79mm 
Weight  240g 

About us 

Anhui ChangGeng Optical Technology Company Limited (Venus Optics), found in 2013, is a Chinese camera lens manufacturer based in Hefei, Anhui. We currently manufacture and distribute camera lenses under the brand name of ‘Laowa’. 

For more information about Anhui ChangGeng Optical Technology Company Limited and our products information, please visit our website 

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