The Venus 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro lens has many wondering if the relatively small price tag ($379), coupled with the intriguing 2x magnification and 14 blade aperture, is as good of a deal as it seems. Macro photographer Thomas Shahan was sent one of these lenses to try out, and his results look promising.
As Shahan admits, his review for the most part is non-technical. Instead, he focuses on real-world use as well as examining its construction, sharpness detail, and how well it handles color reproduction and artifacts. The video probably gets the most technical when discussing its sharpness. At 100 percent magnification in studio, Shahan’s example images make the lens look highly capable. Even with the use of extension tubes and going into 4:1 territory, you can see in the video that the glass handles fringing and maintains sharpness extremely well.
Moving forward with the review, the lens is brought out to the natural world and used in a way that Shahan typically shoots. This is where you can really see the 14-blade aperture perform. “Even stopping down slightly, you still get beautiful, very clean, very round bokeh circles without hard edges,” Shahan finds. While not thrilled to have to shoot through a stopped down aperture due to no automatic aperture control, he still gives a strong recommendation for the lens.
The Venus 60mm f/2.8 Ultra-Macro lens costs $379 and is available in Nikon F, Canon EF, Sony A, and Pentax K mounts. For an extra $20, you can add an adapter for MFT mounts, NEX E-mounts, and Fuji X-mounts.