Creative Thinking With the Extreme Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro Lens

The past few years, Venus Optics has been making great strides in affordable, niche lenses. In this video, photographer Markus Hofstätter shares his experience with the Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro lens.

This lens, which offers up to five times magnification, is exceptionally powerful at what it does. However, the trade-off is that it only does what it does, and even then, it is temperamental and finicky to use.

Hofstätter was inspired by iris photography while out shopping. Given this inspiration, he decided to give it a try himself but at a level greater than what might be on offer at a high-volume retail venue. In order to achieve the required results, though, he had to think creatively and build specialized equipment just to use his lens, though.

There are very rarely new ideas; taking something that has already been done and putting your own spin on it or taking it further and further into the territory of what it already is can offer new economies in photography. As Hofstätter demonstrates, often, it’s about getting a bit of DIY and problem-solving solutions with what you already have at hand. Something like the Laowa 25mm (or their other line of lenses) might be great at offering a new perspective, but it isn’t solely the gear that makes the image. Instead, it is the photographer and how they use the gear at hand and think creatively to make something new or unique.

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Ali Choudhry is a photographer in Australia. His photographic practice aims to explore the relationship with the self, between the other, and the world. Through use of minimalist compositions and selective use of color and form he aims to invoke what he calls the "breath". He is currently working towards a BA (Honours) in Photography.

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Excellent work! I actually did this a month ago with a giant microscope. It was extremely challenging since I couldn't use flash and positioning your head at that magnification is so hard when movements are ultra magnified. Excellent photos!

Thanks a lot! yes its decently that k ind of war you need a lot patience with patience people

Fantastic result. Thanks for your inspiration.

( im almost hit buy-buttom yesterday for this lens but realize I need more setup to reach good results so I will start intead with Laowa 85mm/5.6 2x..)