First Look at the VENUS V-DX 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Super-Macro Lens (and Some Macro Shooting Tips)

Macro photographer Thomas Shahan recently had a chance to be one of the first to look at the new Chinese VENUS V-DX 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra-Macro Lens.

The new Venus lens has an impressive 2:1 magnification and it is the only lens of it’s kind for Nikon users as far as we know (canon users has the well known Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x and there are very very few other super macro lenses out there).


Here are some general lens specs:

  • Focal length: 60mm (full frame coverage, focuses to infinity on APS-C, macro shooting only on FF).
  • Aperture: max f/2.8 (min f/22).
  • min shooting distance: 18.5 cm.
  • Max magnification 2:1. (twice that of a normal modern macro lens).
  • Manual focus only.
  • Filter size: 63mm.
  • Weight 503 grams.
  • Aperture blades: 14 (!).
  • Mounts: Canon/Nikon/Sony A/Pentax.
  • Price: $380 (online).

Cool bonus clip – Shahan talks about his methods for macro photography


We had our own video and extensive look at super macro photography and the Japanese made Nanoha 5:1 lens. We are hoping to do our own review of the Venus later this year.

You can find many more previews and reviews on our Photography review section here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.


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