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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).

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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.

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