The Laowa 85mm F5.6 is the L Mount’s Lightest Macro

It was solely a matter of time earlier than the Laowa 85mm f5.6 got here to the Leica L Mount. And right now, it’s being introduced formally to the world. With that mentioned, the Laowa 85mm f5.6 turns into the lightest macro lens obtainable for the Leica L-mount. We’ve reviewed practically each lens obtainable for Leica L-mount, and we’re ecstatic to know that it’s getting much more help and love. 

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Laowa 85mm f5.6 Tech Specs

Focal Size 


Max. Aperture 


Angle of View 


Format Compatibility 

Full Body

Lens Construction 

13 parts in 9 teams (3 ED glasses)

Aperture Blades 


Min. Focusing Distance 


Max. Magnification 


Filter Thread 



Φ63mm×84.51mm/2.48”x3.32” (L mount)


round 259g / 9.1oz (L mount) excluding hood and back and front lens cap


Canon RF, Sony E, Nikon Z, Leica M, L mount

Some time in the past, Venus Optics teased the lens and introduced it for different digital camera mounts. It was designed to enchantment to of us who desire a macro lens that isn’t very massive. Additional, these customers would find yourself stopping the lens down anyway, so that they don’t want a super-wide aperture. This lens completely achieves this. The picture high quality can also be normally actually distinctive in comparison with a bunch of what the opposite manufacturers on the market provide. Additional, this lens has an apochromatic factor in it. That is one thing Leica normally makes use of and that helps give their photographs a little bit of pop. All this for less than $499, which looks like a steal!

Venus Optics despatched us a ton of pattern photographs, however we are able to’t inform how closely edited the pictures are. Utilizing the Laowa 85mm f5.6 with Leica L-mount may be fairly a conundrum. The 24MP sensor cameras have nice output and excessive ISO, however they’re not as resolving because the extra megapixel-dense sensors. That is helpful, nevertheless, for the f5.6 aperture as a result of you may elevate the ISO. However, you too can simply seize the next megapixel sensor and a flash or strobe with the digital camera. Solely Panasonic has help from corporations like Profoto although. To this present day, I nonetheless assume Leica must work with Profoto. Utilizing the Laowa 85mm f5.6 on the Leica SL2 could be a dream contemplating how good that sensor is. Laowa additionally normally has a metallic physique, so it can pair effectively with Leica’s metallic SL2.

What are the drawbacks of a lens just like the Laowa 85mm f5.6? Nicely, I haven’t touched a Venus Optics lens shortly, however they don’t normally have autofocus contacts to speak to the cameras. Additional, they aren’t climate sealed (although this lens has inner focusing to forestall mud from getting in). And for those who’re not into handbook focus, then this most likely isn’t a lens for you. To be trustworthy, it’s most likely higher to manually focus anyway because the autofocus on L-mount can undergo at macro ranges. Once you focus with the Laowa 85mm f5.6, you’ll wish to use focus magnification as a result of most digital camera techniques have crappy focus peaking.

After all, we now have to name one in for assessment. However theoretically, the Laowa 85mm f5.6 with Leica L-mount needs to be a completely unimaginable lens even and not using a bunch of post-production to the pictures. We’ll be the decide of that although.

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