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Venus Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2x Macro : Specifications and Opinions


Venus Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2x Macro

The Venus Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2x Macro is a macro lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2014. The focus is done by Manual Focus, it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 432 €;
4 users have given it an average vote of 7.0 out of 10.


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MOUNT

This lens is available with the following mounts:

Canon EF: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Canon EF.

Nikon F: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Nikon.

Sony E: this lens is compatible with mirrorless fullframe and APS-C Sony.

Sony A-mount: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Sony A-mount.

Pentax: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Pentax.



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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   60 mm
 Angle of view   39.7°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/2.8
 Aperture blades   14
 Lenses/Groups   9 elements in 7 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.15 meters
 Reproduction ratio   2.00x

 Features
 Stabilization   No
 Focus   Manual Focus
 Internal AF   No
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   62 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   500 g
 Dimensions   77 x 90 mm
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avatarjunior
sent on November 11, 2019

Pros: 2:1 playback ratio, metal construction, uv filter provided (required... Unfortunately!).

Cons: Important barrel distortion to any RR ratio, intolerable for a macro lens. Important vignette especially at the extremes of MAF. Interior of the barrel exposed to the weather (sic!!) from the front if used without filter. Ridiculous MAF dial excursion (less than 180 degrees)

Opinion: I bought it, for reproduction work where I was interested in reaching playback ratios greater than 1:1 and in the Nikon list there was nothing that had this feature. What about... it was a disappointment how I had never had it in the course of my photographic "life"! Inconceivable distortion for a lens that also targets the reproduction of flat documents. The vignette is important throughout the excursion of MAF distances and at the extremes, especially with closed diaphragms, the corners of the frame are sharply cut. It's a lens designed to sufficiently cover the DX format (and on the packaging clearly appears the word DX, I noticed it later) but on FF it shows all its limitations. Let's talk about the rotation of the macaw of MAF: on the Micro Nikkor 55mm f3.5 you have a rotation of 330 degrees between infinity and 0.5x (40 years of optical design!), here, instead, you have to settle for less than 150 degrees between infinity and 2x, which makes a precise MAF really difficult maybe even with cameras equipped with focusing. As soon as I opened the package and picked up the optics I was pleasantly surprised by the presence of a UV filter screwed on the front... Well... never remove that filter!!, especially if you go to photograph in "field" in search of insects, flowers, shells etc. maybe with a wind that carries grains of sand or other, directly on the helicoid of MAF. Sincerely, in hindsight, spend all that money (see on the site how much it costs) for a lens that has all those "characters" and that allows you to photograph only in stop-down because it does not have the automatic transmission of the diaphragm, I only call it a "SOLA". The much-vaunted sharpness, at this point, if there is, I don't care anymore. Next time I'll be more careful. P.S. The same Chinese optics, branded differently, is sold at half the price by a well-known Abruzzo optical-mechanical construction company!!

avatarsenior
sent on October 21, 2019

Pros: Construction, from infinity to 2:1, overall yield, completely mechanical

Cons: Vignette on FF (more to infinity and closed diaphragms), no EXIF data.

Opinion: My model is for Nikon F. A beautiful lens, built entirely of metal, the gravels are perfect. The diaphragm has a click of entry to the seat when it reaches the correct position to the various diaphragms, the one of focus is fluid but well clutched. A pleasure to hold and use. It is a fully mechanical lens, so it will basically last a lifetime and if it will need maintenance it will be feasible from many repair centers. The con is that it does not communicate with the camera, so no exif data related to the opening (if needed), nor confirmation of focus (it would be useful). Vignette, a bit even at 2:1,on ff. A infinity on ff vignette conspicuously. In the use macro is great (I set the reproduction ratio and I approach or move away from the subject), but it is also great as a generic lens, taking into account the vignette. For me that I started shooting when there was no autofocus, it is not a tangle problem to focus even with pentaprism and without stigmometer or frosted slide, but I would not recommend it for action and events, if anything for portrait and landscape. The well-frictioned but fluid dial helps so much in the maf. In conclusion it is an excellent lens with an overall yield (sharpness, microcontrast, tonal passages, blurred and chromas) very good. All at a more than correct price. Found import at 300E new, it is a best buy if you search for a 60mm that ranges from infinity to an rr of 2:1.

avatarsenior
sent on July 08, 2019

Pros: Fantastic optical yield, 14 slats that help to have a great blur with closed diaphragms

Cons: Construction a little cheap albeit metal

Opinion: Lens despised for no valid reason. There are many for sale, yet it is completely metal, it has an RR of 2:1, excellent optical quality, a diameter filters contained, of the small size, and a decidedly inviting price. Compared to other macros it also has an important number of slats (14 ), and the fact that it possesses a manual diaphragm diaphragm diaphragm can instantly gives you an idea of the depth of field working in macros. Although DX is mistakenly reported, it covers the FF format abundantly, without mechanical vignette. For me it is a "Swiss knife" lens, to be carried around and also to be used as "normal" (if you have a mirrorless that allows you to focus nimbly ), being able to range from RR 2:1 to infinity, which IS UNICA of its kind. For example, a 65mm voigtlander costs twice as much, has an RR of 1:2, and opening f2 instead of f2.8 does not in my opinion justify the price difference and macro-side waivers. Convenient the fact that the lens does not "extend", and indeed simply retracts (in the photo you see here on juza is in RR 2:1 in the maximum extension ). This allows you to place a good UV filter in front, and to have a small macro lens without potential dirt infiltration. The small size of the front lens also facilitates the backlit rendering, in fact Laowa does not provide any lampshades.

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