Product Review: 60mm Super Macro Lens

If God is in the details, then I am getting closer to heaven every time I look through my new camera lens.

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Backyard fly. Settings: f/4, ISO 200, 1/13, no flash, 2:1 super macro lens.

After cleaning out my camera bag of a few redundant lenses, I purchased the new Laowa (formerly Venus) 60mm 2:1 super macro lens. The lens is solid, made of metal components and feels like a well built piece of glass. Not too heavy, but definitely a substantial piece of hardware.

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The new lens is a manual lens, so there is no depending on auto focusing to get the shot. It has led to learning a lot more patience to literally focus on the subject at hand. With the super macro 2:1 magnification, I am scared how close I need to get to my subject, but once I see the detail, I get excited to see the results.

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The lens I have always used for macro photography, is the Nikon 105mm.

It is a lens that was given to me as a gift a few years back and, without a doubt, has been the workhorse in my camera bag. I have used the lens for anything and everything, but it has always been my go-to lens for detail work…that is…until now.

I decided to put the new 60mm lens to the test. Below are a few pictures comparing different lenses and their capabilities. Please note the information is under each picture.

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50mm, f/2.8, ISO 200, 1/800.
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105mm, f/3.5, ISO 200, 1/800.
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60mm super macro, f/2.8, ISO 200, 1/400.

Clearly, there is no comparison between the three lenses when it comes to detail. The 60mm Laowa super macro lens is just that, super macro. I am not exactly sure what I will be using such detail for, but I cannot wait to find out.

To show what this new lens is capable of, I decided to take it from the furthest distance all the way to the closest on a simple group of purple flowers in my backyard.

Perspective shot.
Perspective shot. The flowers are slightly larger than my thumbnail.
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The flowers are in the center of the picture. I am roughly eight feet away from them for this shot.
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A little closer, this was on the 1 ratio setting. I am at three or four feet away.
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0.5 ratio, f/4.
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1:2 ratio, f/4.
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1:1 ratio, f/4.
1.5:1 ratio, f/4.
1.5:1 ratio, f/4.
2:1 ratio, super-macro, f/4.
2:1 ratio, super-macro, f/4.

I am still in the honeymoon stage with this lens, so I may revisit my current review in a few months. For now, I am constantly looking for minute details to shoot. If you have suggestions of any subjects that I could shoot up close, please feel free to share.

Vincent Lorusso Written by:

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