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Venus Optics LAOWA 100 mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO

9 September 2019
Maciej Lata³³o

6. Distortion


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100 mm macro lenses usually don't experience any distortion-related problems; it's enough you mention here an excellent performance of the Canon EF 100 mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM which, on both types of detectors used in our test, had zero distoriton. The Samyang 100 mm f/2.8 ED UMC MACRO was hardly worse, with a negligible result of +0.40% distortion even on full frame.

Taking it all into account the performance of the Laowa doesn't impress us at all. On the smaller sensor of the Canon 50D we got +0.45% so a result higher than that of the Samyang on full frame. On full frame the distortion of Laowa increased to +1.03% - still a low level but already noticeable in some situations.

Canon 50D, 100 mm
Venus Optics LAOWA 100 mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO - Distortion
Canon 5D MkIII, 100 mm
Venus Optics LAOWA 100 mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO - Distortion