Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO review - Samples
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The following images were taken with the Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO lens mounted on a 45MP Nikon Z7 camera. All images are RAW files developed in Lightroom 10.2/CRAW 13.2 to Adobe Color profile with CA compensation switched on and noise-reduction off. As usual I did the occasional exposure compensation in post-processing and some slight cropping on a few images. And with all images except the close-up shots sharpening is set to 50/0.5/36/10, with no extra tone, color, or saturation adjustment.

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Above: Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO on MJKZZ Ultra focus rail

The close-up images were shot on a motorized MJKZZ Ultra rail and focus stacked from RAW files with Helicon Focus 7.6.6 Pro. The resulting DNG files were processed with stronger sharpening of 50/1.5/100/60 and an additional texture enhancement of +20 to bring out the fine details in the images. I also liberally adjusted tone and color in post-processing, removed some spots and dust, and worked on the background to produce more pleasing images. For comparison I’ve provided single shots of some images processed the usual way.

The individual exposure details plus additional information on magnification and number of photos in a focus stack are provided. These and other high resolution Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO sample images are available to download in their original formats for analysis at Flickr. These files are for personal evaluation only and cannot be used in another publication or website without permission.

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1/15, f4.0, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO at 1:1, 31 photos stacked; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/3, f5.6, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO at 1:1, 19 photos stacked; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/40, f4.0, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO at 1:2, 50 photos stacked; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/5, f5.6, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO at 1:2, 127 photos stacked; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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0.6 sec, f11, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO at 1:2; click image for 4k version, large original available at f2.8, f5.6, f11

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1/15, f2.8, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO at 1:1.2, 199 photos stacked; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/60, f2.8, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO at 1:2; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/15, f5.6, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO at 1:3.5, 31 photos stacked; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/5, f5.6, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO at 1:2, 51 photos stacked; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/5, f5.6, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO at 1:2; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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0.4 sec, f4.0, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO at 2:1, 202 photos stacked; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/15, f5.6, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO at 1:3, 41 photos stacked; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/40, f4.0, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO at 1:2, 64 photos stacked; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/4, f2.8, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO at 2:1, 54 photos stacked; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/6, f2.8, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO at 1:1, 23 photos stacked; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/2500, f2.8, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/80, f2.8, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/200, f2.8, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO; click image for 4k version, large original available at f2.8, f4.0, f5.6, f8.0

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1/640, f2.8, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO; click image for 4k version, large original available at f2.8, f4.0, f5.6, f8

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1/400, f2.8, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/1250, f2.8, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/100, f2.8, 450 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/100, f2.8, 2200 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/100, f2.8, 2200 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/400, f2.8, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/100, f2.8, 220 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/100, f2.8, 500 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/100, f2.8, 3200 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/125, f2.8, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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1/640, f2.8, 64 ISO, Laowa 100mm f2.8 2x Macro APO; click image for 4k version, here for large original

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