New lens for Leica L-mount: Venus Optics Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2X Ultra Macro APO

The previously rumored new Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2X Ultra Macro APO lens for Leica L-mount from Venus Optics is now officially announced – here are the details:

Revolutionarily Small and light in weight 

As a lens with 2X magnifications, the lens itself is extremely tiny compared to other 1X macro lenses in the market. The lens is only 259g(9.1oz) in weight & Φ63mm×84.51mm(2.48”x3.32”) in size. It greatly reduces the burden of photographers.

Up to 2x Magnification

Laowa 85mm f/5.6 is able to focus from 2x magnification to infinity which offers great flexibility to users. Photographers now can get much more details from your subjects.

Apochromat (APO) Design

It contains 3 extra-low dispersion elements that eliminate the colour fringing at both in-focus and out-of-focus areas. Rendering stunning magnified pictures without chromatic aberration would be an extra convenience to photographers as it saves much time and effort on post-production.

Internal Focusing
The lens barrel does not extend when changing focus. It avoids collision and prevents dust from getting into the lens.

Other Laowa L-mount lenses 

  • Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye 
  • Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D 
  • Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL 
  • Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL 
  • Laowa 14mm f/4 FF RL Zero-D 
  • Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom 
  • Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D
  • Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift 
  • Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D 
  • Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide Angle Macro 
  • Laowa 24mm f/14 2x Macro Probe
  • Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro 
  • Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO

Pricing and Availability

The L-mount version of Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO would be available on 15th Feb, 2022 (7:00 EST). Other mounts are currently available to order on the official website of Venus Optics and their authorized resellers. Recommended Retail Price in the US (without tax) is USD 449/pc (Canon RF, Nikon Z, Sony FE, L mount) & USD 499/pc (Leica M). Pricing may vary in different countries.


Focal Length 


Max. Aperture 


Angle of View 


Format Compatibility 

Full Frame

Lens Structure 

13 elements in 9 groups (3 ED glasses)

Aperture Blades 


Min. Focusing Distance 


Max. Magnification 


Filter Thread 



Φ63mm×84.51mm/2.48”x3.32” (L mount)


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


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

Announced: Venus Optics Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO lens for Nikon Z, Canon RF, Sony E, and Leica M mounts

Via PhotoRumors

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