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