Everyone's familiar with the shape of a typical DSLR lens, which makes the Laowa Ultra Macro lens all the more odd at first glance. The lens has a slight taper from the base up to the glass, making it look more like a high-tech telescope than a camera lens, but there's a reason for that shape. As its name suggests, the Laowa Ultra Macro is designed specifically for high-magnification photography, and its shape lets photographers operate from farther away than with other lenses on the market.
One of the challenges that photographers face during macro shooting is the balance between getting close enough to the subject without obscuring the light that reaches it. Thanks to its tapered shape, the Laowa Ultra Macro gives photographers more leeway to move from their subjects, making field shoots much easier.