Venus Optics – Laowa 60mm f2.8 macro lens

Venus Optics is an aspiring China-based lens manufacturer who focuses on creating great macro lenses. So far, they released a 15mm 1:1 macro f4 (which is the first ultra wide angle macro lens covering full frame) and a 60mm 2:1 macro f2.8 which is subject of this review.

The iris range is 2.8 to 22 and 14 blades form a close to circular aperture. The lens comes with seven different mounting options, namely Nikon F, Canon EF, Sony Alpha and Pentax K as well as Sony NEX, MFT and Fuji X with additional adapters. According to the manufacturer, magnification rate is from x0.1 to x2 when shooting in close focus.

When testing the lens on a generated and printed Siemens star, our relatively new laser printer’s resolution turned out as inappropriate for macro lenses – see picture below. But it manifests that the lens is extremely sharp at f2.8, though. Especially towards the corners there’s nearly no loss of sharpness. The lens covers full frame but might lose sharpness towards the corners on FF sensors – our test shots were made on S35/APS-C.

A particularly outstanding point is the brilliant color reproduction and only barely noticeable chromatic aberration.

After we tested the lens, we gave it in the hands of our interns Julia and Misha who made this short appetizing clip – Some of you might remember our espresso machine from IBC and Cinec 2014. They shot on our RED Scarlet Dragon in 4K. Camera settings were 72 fps and 1/144 exposure time.

A Damn Fine Cup of Coffee from David Kellermann on Vimeo.

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