Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Review

November 7, 2017 | Tim Coleman |

Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Review Roundup

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Take a straw poll among all the photographers you know, and there’s a chance that none will recognise the brand name Laowa. It’s a Chinese company, previously known as Venus Optics, which specialises in close-up photography. As well as the 60mm f/2.8 Macro we’re looking at here, it has recently announced a 15mm f/4 lens that offers 1:1 macro and a shift facility when used on APS-C DSLRs. Laowa also makes a macro twin-flash unit to accompany the 60mm macro lens.
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In 2015, Venus Optics (Anhui ChangGeng Optical Technology Company Ltd.) announced a specialist manual focus macro lens for full frame and crop sensor cameras. The lens is now sold under the Laowa brand. The 60mm f/2.8 gives a very useful 2:1 magnification and focuses to infinity.
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A new design of macro lens, capable of focussing at 2:1 ratio through to infinity, this 60mm lens is something unique, a world first, and special. It is fully manual. No electronic connections between camera and lens, so if you are unsure about how apertures work, take some time to understand them! Available in mounts to fit Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony A and with the further purchase of a compatible adaptor, with Sony NEX, MFT and Fuji X bodies.
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