Most dedicated macro lenses have a 1:1 maximum reproduction ratio, which means they can project an image of the subject on your camera's sensor up to the same size it is in real life. However, the Venus Optics Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro can project an image of your subject up to five times bigger than it is in real life, opening up an entirely new world of extreme macro photography. This great video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice.
Coming to you from Stefan Malloch, this outstanding video review takes a look at the Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro lens. While this is not the first lens with such capabilities (there is the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X, for example), it is both a rather rare option and, in this case, quite affordable. While using a traditional 1:1 macro lens opens up an entirely new creative world, moving up to one with 5x capabilities is like opening an entire world beyond that, though it does demand particularly sound technique. Nonetheless, with good execution and often, a bit of patience, you will be rewarded with uniquely compelling images rarely seen elsewhere. Check out the video above for Malloch's full thoughts on the lens.