New Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro Gets Fantastic Reviews: “Fujifilm Has a Reason to Get Nervous Now”

The New Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro get Fantastic Results - Image courtesy Jonas Rask
The New Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro get Fantastic Results – Image courtesy Jonas Rask

Very recently, Venus Optics launched the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro.

You can get it at the Venus Optics store (pick this option for fastest shipping) and also at BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama.

Now we have a couple of reviews out there, and they are extremely positive.

Let’s start with opticalllimits (former photozone). Their conclusion from their full review here:

The Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO is a stunning performer with just a few minor weaknesses.

Its biggest value proposition is the excellent resolution. At f/2.8, the center is tack sharp with a hint of softness at the image corners. However, at f/5.6, the quality is as good as it gets! Lateral CAs, as well as distortions, are non-existent. There’s a tad of vignetting at fully open aperture but it’s by no means disturbing and it can be reduced by stopping down.

The quality of the bokeh is good. The foreground blur is very smooth whereas the background blur could be better. Out of focus highlights are nicely rendered at f/2.8 but you can spot that the lens doesn’t feature curved aperture blades at smaller aperture settings.

A big plus in our book is the lack of axial CAs which is already a massive achievement alone but even more so at this price point.

Not all Laowa lenses are excellent but some are and the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO is certainly among them.

Canon, Fujifilm & the likes have reasons to get a little nervous by now.

As of today, Laowa is still a niche player today but once they’ll be able to source the necessary parts for implementing AF and electronic coupling, they’ll be heading straight for the mainstream.

Also Jonas Rask reviewed the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 here. Among tons of great samples, he writes:

I really shouldn’t be surprised by Laowa offering high quality at a very affordable price. The last couple of lenses that I’ve used from them have all been stellar performers, and the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO is probably the best of them so far. It’s incredibly versatile. Incredibly sharp. Renders beautiful out of focus areas and focus falloff while keeping it all in a very well-built compact package. This is indeed another hit lens from Laowa if you ask me. And I’m not even into macro!

Fantastic reviews also from Christopher Forst and Micael Widell. You can see their videos below.

Video Reviews

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Venus Optics Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO Available

FujiRumors told you a few days ago here, that the new Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro lens for Fujifilm X mount will be announced in a few days.

Well, now it happened.

You can purchase the Lawoa 65mm f/2.8 2x Macro at the official Venus Optics store here.

Sample images and full specs can be found here.

At the moment you can find it for sale only at Venus Optics store. Pick this option for fastest shipping.

At a later stage we should see the lens available also at BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama.


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Venus Optics Laowa 65mm 2:1 Macro for Fujifilm Coming in a Few Days

We have been informed (thanks!) that the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro lens for Fujifilm X mount will be announced very soon. It’s a matter of days.

We talked about this lens back in September, and there was a slight delay apparently. But it should finally hit the market.

Sample images and more product images can be found in this article.

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2018 FujiRumors Top Sellers: Fujifilm X-T3 Wins, Fujifilm GFX50R Surprises and the Best Selling Lens is NOT a Fujinon!

Top Selling Gear 2018

A long and exciting year is ending, and let’s see which one was the favorite gear of the FujiRumors community in 2018.

Keep in mind this is the last day, where you can save big on most of the gear listed below. So make sure to check out the massive official Fujifilm X and GFX deals (exp. Dec.29) as well as the soon expiring BHphoto Mega Deal zone (exp. Dec.29).


The Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD and Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD are officially recommended by Fujifilm to charge your cameras, while in use or when switched off. All details here.

And after 3 years, the SF Cable plug adapter loses the 1st position, probably because the brand new Fujifilm X-T3 charger, the Fujifilm BC-W126S, has a wall plug adapter built-in.

You can find the new Fujifilm BC-W126S at BHphoto, AmazonUS and Adorama.


The 4th position goes to the Fujifilm GFX 50R, which sold far better than the Fujifilm GFX50S, and here on FujiRumors it also sold better than the Fujifilm X-T20.

In real life, the Fujifilm X-T20 obviously sells much better than the Fujifilm GFX50R and also better than the Fujifilm X-H1. But the FujiRumors community seems to be more interested in Fujifilm’s high-end products.


The Laowa 9mm F2.8 Zero-D was by far the best-selling lens here on FujiRumors, beating all Fujinon lenses.

This shows that Fuji X Shooters are not Fujinon-slaves, and we are happy to spend our hard-earned money in third-party glass, as long as the quality is good.

The Laowa 9mm F2.8 Zero-D is now available only at BHphoto with $50 discount (expires December 31) and you can find it for regular price at VenusOptics here.

If only Sigma, Tokina, Tamron & Co would make X mount glass, too. I’m sure they would sell really good amongst us X shooters.


In 2018 we had the biggest price drop on the stellar Fujinon XF16mm f/1.4 (save $150 until Dec.29). This helped to boost the sales of this lens. Check the full list of massive Fujifilm X and GFX deals, they all expire today.

When it comes to Fujinon GF lenses, the best seller was the Fujinon GF63mmF2.8.


The Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 is consistently a top seller since years. And the FujiRumors community seems to have found in the Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 the perfect lens to manage the impatience, while waiting for the Fujinon XF33mmF1.0 in 2020.

The Mitakon and Rokinon are discounted today only at the BHphoto Mega Deal zone.

The Laowa 9mm F2.8 Zero-D is $50 off until December 31 only at BHphoto.


The fact that Capture One now fully supports Fujifilm, has definitely helped to make this software very popular amongst Fujifilm X and GFX shooters.

Remember that the discount on Capture One 12 will end forever on December 31. Use code “AMBFR” at checkout to save 10% on standalone versions and 5% on subscriptions.

Also Luminar 2018 and Aurora HDR 2018 are available with $10 discount using code “FUJI“.

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