2498 yuan 2X magnification Lao Frog 65mm F2.8 macro lens review

   As the mainstay brand of domestic lenses, the lenses launched by Laowa in recent years are deeply loved by users. Today, we got a macro lens just launched by Laowa, Laowa CF 65mm F2.8 CA-Dreamer Macro 2X, currently priced at 2498 yuan. Next, we will conduct a detailed test on this lens to see how it performs.

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The Lao Frog CF 65mm F2.8 CA-Dreamer Macro 2X lens is specially designed for APS-C format mirrorless cameras. There are three mount designs: Sony E, Fuji X, Canon EF-M, we got Sony E-mount version. With the Sony A6300 mirrorless camera, its equivalent focal length is 97.5mm, which means this lens is actually similar to a Baimicro lens.

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01Appearance: Excellent workmanship manual control

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The CF 65mm F2.8 CA-Dreamer Macro 2X’s lens body and hood are made of metal material, which is sturdy and durable. Regardless of the overall view, or just focus on the details of the lens workmanship, this product has a very good level of craftsmanship. To be honest, now domestic lens brands, such as Laowa, are completely at the same level as international first-line brands in terms of workmanship.

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Lao Frog CF 65mm F2.8 CA-Dreamer Macro 2X is a manual lens, both focus and aperture adjustment are manual. Users who are unfamiliar with manual lens use need to get used to it, but they will soon become familiar with it. In manual operation, the focus ring of the old frog lens is very practical and feels good, the damping adjustment is just right, and the adjustment is also very comfortable.

  02 Vignetting, glare, blur: normal level

   Before we start, one thing has to be mentioned, the old frog CF 65mm F2.8 CA-Dreamer Macro 2X lens has ordinary The “apochromatic” APO technology that the lens does not have. In other words, chromatic dispersion can be effectively eliminated when taking pictures, and it is not affected by chromatic dispersion when photographing macro subjects. From infinity to macro, it provides an excellent imaging quality experience, and also reduces the post-work workload for users.

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In terms of vignetting, Lao Frog CF 65mm F2.8 CA-Dreamer Macro 2X performed satisfactorily. There will be obvious vignetting under F2.8 aperture, but the improvement is very obvious under F4 aperture. Under F5.6 and smaller apertures, there is basically no obstruction to viewing the vignetting angle.

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In terms of glare, the performance of the old frog CF 65mm F2.8 CA-Dreamer Macro 2X lens is ordinary. It can be seen that even at F2.8 large aperture, obvious glare can be seen, and ghost images are more obvious.

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The problem of glare is mainly the problem of coating. At present, domestic lenses still have room for improvement in coating. Therefore, at this stage, we should maintain a tolerant attitude towards domestic lenses. However, we also hope that domestic lens brands can spend more energy to develop better coating technology.

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   Old Frog CF 65mm F2.8 The light spot of the CA-Dreamer Macro 2X lens is not round, which is mainly caused by the lens structure, not the number of aperture blades, because this lens is equipped with 9 aperture blades. Regarding the shape of the light spot, some users are more concerned about it. They prefer a round light spot, but most users don’t really care about it. After all, the light spot of many high-end movie lenses is also non-circular.

  03 Resolution: Excellent performance

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   Old Frog CF 65mm F2.8 CA-Dreamer Macro 2X has excellent resolution performance. In the central image quality part, the resolution performance from F2.8 to F8 aperture is very good, F11 aperture begins to decline, but the resolution performance is still good. The image quality of the edges and the center are the same. On the whole, the resolution performance of the lens is excellent overall, and we can use it with confidence.

What is the charm of   042X magnification macro?

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   The above picture can be clicked to enlarge. One dollar bill is similar in size to our one yuan renminbi. After double and double magnification, you can see various details on the bill.

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   After using the Lao Frog CF 65mm F2.8 CA-Dreamer Macro 2X to take macro photos, we You can see the finer details by zooming in at 100%. For example, in the above two coins, the printing details after zooming in 100% are at a glance. This is the charm of macro photography.

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  When shooting portraits, use old Frog CF 65mm F2.8 CA-Dreamer Macro 2X can also experience a very good shooting experience. For example, if we focus on the model’s eyes, and then zoom in on the eye area, we can see very clear and sharp details.

   Next, let’s take a look at some samples taken by Lao Frog CF 65mm F2.8 CA-Dreamer Macro 2X.

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   Generally speaking, the image quality of the Lao Frog CF 65mm F2.8 CA-Dreamer Macro 2X is good, especially in terms of sharpness. In terms of color, the performance of this lens is also excellent, and it can accurately restore the colors we see with the naked eye. Because it is a macro lens, shooting small still lifes and plants can get a very good picture performance.

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   The equivalent focal length of this lens is close 100mm, and has the characteristics of F2.8 large aperture, so it is also very suitable for shooting portraits. The addition of increasing the aperture outside the telephoto can make the blur effect more obvious, while achieving a more beautiful portrait photo style. In addition, the characteristic of the macro lens is the sharpness of the picture, so we can see that the sharpness in the focus area is very outstanding.

  05 This is the best macro lens for early adopters

   Most of the macro lenses currently on the market are launched for full-frame sensor cameras, whether it is adapted SLR camera or mirrorless camera. The Lao Frog CF 65mm F2.8 CA-Dreamer Macro 2X is a product launched for the APS-C format camera. It is relatively rare in the market, which can be regarded as making up for this part of the vacancy.

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In fact, many photography enthusiasts, even beginners, are very interested in macro photography, but most APS-C format camera users struggle to find a suitable macro lens. It happens to be Lao Frog CF 65mm F2.8 CA-Dreamer Macro 2X Meet the needs of such users. For macro early adopters, this lens phone is 2498 yuan, which is also within the price range that everyone can afford.

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In addition, as far as the Lao Frog CF 65mm F2.8 CA-Dreamer Macro 2X itself is concerned, its overall performance is very good, especially the picture quality when shooting macro. Although it is a manual lens, through our own experience, the focus is still very convenient and fast. Because the lens itself is light and handy, it is also very convenient to carry with the APS-C format mirrorless camera when you go out.

   In recent years, the development of domestic lenses has been very rapid. Both the lens workmanship and the internal structure design are excellent. The shortcoming is that the autofocus technology and coating process still have a way to go. The domestic lens is characterized by high cost performance, and there are often some special specifications to choose from, which is the best choice for users early adopters.

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