The Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Lens is an incredible lens which offers the ability to get extremely close to your subjects. Venus Optics has decided to take direct aim at this very niche area of photography with their latest addition, the Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro Lens.
Having had hands-on experience myself with this lens, there are a number of things that really caught my attention. In spite of the significant difference in price with the Laowa lens coming in at less than half that of the Canon, the build quality is exceptionally good. From the very smooth magnification ring to the aperture ring, which offers some very satisfying clicks, everything feels like it's been well built and designed properly. Unfortunately, as I'm not an experienced ultra macro photographer, I'm not the best person to be reviewing this specific lens. Fortunately, however, Richard Wong, a photographer and YouTuber, has performed a detailed review of this lens.
Aside from being able to photograph insects from a very uncomfortable distance, Wong demonstrates how you can create some very unique and abstract images with this lens.
Can you immediately tell what the subjects are in these images?
Images used with permission of Richard Wong.