Venus Optics announced new 60mm f/2.8 Ultra-Macro lens: the world’s first 2:1 magnification lens with infinity focus

Venus Optics 60mm f:2.8 Ultra-Macro lens with infinity focus
It seems that this is an old announcement, but I just spotted it online: Venus Optics announced a new 60mm f/2.8 Ultra-Macro lens, the world’s first 2:1 magnification lens with infinity focus. The lens will be available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha and Pentax K mounts and can be purchased on eBay.

Update: a review of the Venus 60mm f/2.8 lens can be found here.

Additional information after the break.

Venus V-DX 60mm f/2.8 Ultra-Macro lens specifications:

Focal Length 60mm
Maximum Aperture F/2.8
Minimum Aperture F/22
Angle of View 25.3 degrees
Format Compatibility APS-C (Both Macro and Normal shooting)
Full-frame (Macro shooting only)
Lens Structure 9 elements in 7 groups
Aperture Blades 14
Min. Aperture Size 22
Min. focus distance 18.5cm
Max. Magnification Ratio 2x
Focus Manual Focus
Filter Size 62mm
Dimensions 95 x 70mm
Weight 503 g

Venus V-DX 60mm f/2.8 Ultra-Macro lens design:

Venus V-DX 60mm f:2.8 Ultra-Macro lens design
Venus V-DX 60mm f/2.8 Ultra-Macro lens MTF chart:

Venus V-DX 60mm f:2.8 Ultra-Macro lens MTF chart
Sample photos:


Video sample:

Press release:

Anhui China, Sept 14, 2014 – Venus Optics, a new Chinese manufacturer of camera lenses, has unveiled the world’s first 60mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro lens, with focusing range from 18.5mm to infinity.

The new Venus 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens features a magnification range from 0.1x to 2x. Users could easily alter the magnification ratio without installing any extension tube or teleconverter, making it ideally suited for rapidly changing macro photography scenarios. This wide magnification range also makes it extremely useful for shooting macro objects (e.g. insects) with different sizes. Moreover, the lens is also designed for normal shooting purposes with a 60mm focal length, which provides an all-in-one solution for normal portrait shooting as well as ultra-macro photography.

The lens houses with 9 elements in 7 groups patented optical structure to provide great deal of image clarity and color renderness. The optical system consists of 2 major moving lenses groups in order to minimize the barrel distortion. 14 pieces of aperture blades form a close-to-circular aperture, capable of creating creamy shallow depth of view. The enclosure of the lens is made of metal to strengthen its durability. A complimentary lens pouch and filter are included in the package. Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha and Pentax K mount are available.

Sample photos and videos can be found in our English website (http://www.venuslens.net)

Pricing and Availability

Venus 60mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens is currently available at authorized resellers and at the English official website (http://www.venuslens.net). The recommended retail price is at USD 379. Free shipping will be provided during the promotion period.

About Us

Anhui ChangGeng Optical Technology Company Limited (Venus Optics) is a new Chinese camera lens manufacturer based in Hefei, Anhui. We currently manufacture and distribute Macro lenses under the brand name of ‘Venus’.

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  • Jo

    Image 5 of 9 , the frog staring at dragonfly on yellow flower, shows a
    flair in the top right corner that looks like 5 bladed aperture, not the
    stated 14 blades, also secondary flair looks like a square
    aperture…Whats going on with that?

    • johnny

      If you followed the eBay link, they put a square hood on the lens. I don’t know what function it is, but it certainly affects the shape of bokeh. I was going to give it a try, but it turns out that it’s not a true FF lens.

      • true

        dude, it’s a reasonably priced lens which can do 2:1 . It’s worth praise imo

  • asdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdf

    I’m a Nikon guy, so correct me if I’m wrong — but hasn’t Canon has been making a variable etc macro for years now? I believe that one goes to 5x Macro! It was also APS-C, though, if I recall. I don’t know of any Full Frame multiple-macro lens. Why is that, I wonder..?

    Anyone heard of any?

    • fjfjjj

      The Canon 65mm MP-E does 5:1, but it doesn’t focus to infinity.

      • Afraz

        It’s also almost 3 times as expensive.

    • It’s for full frame but I don’t think it focuses to infinity.

    • tg1

      Yes. Canon has one that goes to 5x. It is very good for what it is, namely a low power microscope lens.

  • Spy Black

    This could be a fun lens.

  • Josh

    Impressive on paper but unfortunately the 2:1 magnification will be of limited use in practice because with a 60mm macro lens the working distance will be so small. Maybe better off using extension tubes with say a 100mm macro

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