Lab – Laowa 90mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO: for spectacular images!

Lab – Laowa 90mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO: for spectacular images!

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Laowa has a new reference, the 90mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO, which allows you to indulge in macro photography thanks to a magnification ratio of 2:1. We also invite you to discover some extracts from our scene in detail.

Laowa 90mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO

Introductory price €729



  • All
  • RF mount
  • L-mount
  • E-mount
  • Z-mount
  • All
  • RF mount
  • L-mount
  • E-mount
  • Z-mount
  • Digit-photo.comDigit-photo.com

    729.00

  • Digit-photo.comDigit-photo.com

    729.00

  • Digit-photo.comDigit-photo.com

    729.00

  • Fnac.comFnac.com

    729.99

  • Darty.comDarty.com

    729.99

  • Darty MarketplaceDarty Marketplace

    867.98

  • Digit-photo.comDigit-photo.com

    729.00

  • Fnac.comFnac.com

    729.99

  • Darty.comDarty.com

    729.99

  • Digit-photo.comDigit-photo.com

    729.00

  • Fnac.comFnac.com

    729.99

  • Darty MarketplaceDarty Marketplace

    867.98

  • Digit-photo.comDigit-photo.com

    729.00

  • Fnac.comFnac.com

    729.99

  • Darty.comDarty.com

    729.99

  • Digit-photo.comDigit-photo.com

    729.00

How the pricing table works

Sony Alpha 7R IV (A7R IV)


Sony Alpha 7R IV (A7R IV)
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  • Asgoodasnew.comAsgoodasnew.com

    2,605.00

  • Fnac.com Used MarketplaceFnac.com Used Marketplace

    2,734.99

  • Darty.com Used MarketplaceDarty.com Used Marketplace

    2,734.99

  • Amazon MarketplaceAmazon Marketplace

    3,437.76

  • Fnac.comFnac.com

    3,799.00

  • Digit-photo.comDigit-photo.com

    3,799.00

  • Miss DigitalMiss Digital

    3,799.90

How the pricing table works

Unveiled in June 2022, the 90mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO is an ideal prime for macro photography. Available in E, Z, RF and L mount respectively for Sony, Nikon, Canon, but also Panasonic, Leica or Sigma, the 90mm is intended for 24×36 hybrids on the market. For its test, we passed it in our laboratory with a Sony Alpha 7R IV and its 61 megapixel sensor.

Macro photography, a world apart

As we regularly remind, macro photography is to be distinguished from proxiphotography. Indeed, it is necessary to reach a magnification ratio of 1:1 to be able to be part of this very special category. Beware of manufacturers who do not hesitate to play on words for marketing purposes…

But the macro world doesn’t stop at the 1:1 magnification ratio. Generally, macro photography is considered up to a 10:1 magnification ratio. Then we quickly fall into the world of photomicrography.



A rare 2x magnification

To return to the 90mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO, Laowa has the good idea to offer a magnification ratio of up to 2:1, which is rather rare. It is by placing the focus at the minimum distance that the greatest magnification is obtained. It is then only 20.5 cm.

Then, you have to achieve the point by getting closer to your subject and adjusting the distance without affecting the focus of the lens. For more precision, using a micrometer rail is an excellent choice when possible. In many situations, the use of a tripod is necessary to be able to achieve the point without tearing your hair out, because it is not uncommon to have a zone of sharpness sub-millimeter in macro photography.

The photo test scene of the Digital laboratory with the position of the macro photo extracts.

Our test scene and the position of the extracts that we have chosen.

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A handy label

To help the photographer, Laowa had the good taste to mark the barrel of the lens with the famous distance scale. If it is useful for focusing without autofocus or for using techniques related to hyperfocal, it is less interesting for macro photography. The manufacturer has done it right by adding cues from the maximum reproduction ratio of 2:1 to the much lower macro 0.1:1.



Of course, we tested the 90mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO as usual. In addition to the images from our separate test and the usual photo extracts from our scene, here are some extracts captured at 2:1 as well as their respective cropping in full size.

Download the jpeg files extracted from the case by clicking here.

Details invisible to the naked eye!

The set is already quite impressive, but we wanted to push the vice a little further with our test device, the Alpha 7R IV (A7R IV). We photographed the screen of an iPhone 12 Pro with the maximum magnification ratio. Helped by the 61 Mpx of the photo box, the sub-pixels of the Oled screen are revealed to us!



To know a little more about macro photography, we have published several articles in order to better understand this fascinating activity which allows us to reveal a small unsuspected world to our eyes. Of course, the complete test of the Laowa 90mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO will soon be available to discover its performance in detail.

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