Venus Optics ‘Laowa’ 60mm f/2.8 Macro 2:1 Lens Review

Photographer Christopher Frost recently published a review of the super macro Laowa 60mm f/2.8 lens by the new and innovative Chinese manufacturer Venus Optics.

The Laowa 60mm lens has an impressive 2:1 magnification (double that of a normal macro lens) 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).

Quick reminder of the features of the Venus Optics ‘Laowa’ 60mm f/2.8 lens:

  • 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).

This isn’t the first time that we bring you a review of the ‘Laowa’ 60mm f/2.8 lens – when this lens was first announced we published here Thomas Shahan’s review of the lens which was also very positive.

If you are into macro photography we highly recommend that you check out our macro photography section and our extensive article about super macro photography and the Nanoha 5X lens review.

You can find many more previews and reviews on our Photography review section here on LensVid and you can find more of Frost’s videos 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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