Venus Optics Laowa 25mm F2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro E-mount lens review by Hezu

reviewer#46978 date: Feb-11-2024
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony FE 2.8/50 Macro, Sony FE 2.8/90 Macro G, etc.
price paid:379 €
positive:+ High magnification
+ Small and compact
negative:- No electric contacts and no thus no EXIF information
- Custom front lens cap
- Slower apertures less sharp
comment:This is a highly specialized lens: you can only take high magnification images. High magnification combined with fixed focusing distance and thin depth of field (with fast apertures) make the lens not the easiest to master, but when you manage to get everything right, this lens can deliver quite unique images.
There is a LED ring light specific for this lens available and it can be very useful addition, although since the light requires external power source connected via micro-USB cable it may require some tweaking to figure out how to power the light.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 3
  • sharpness: 4.67
  • color: 4.67
  • build: 4.33
  • distortion: 4.67
  • flare control: 5.00
  • overall: 4.67 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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