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Review: VENUS V-DX 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro Lens | Thomas Shahan

By Anthony Thurston on February 3rd 2015

I posted about the Venus 60mm 2:1 macro lens a while back when it was first announced by the new Chinese company, Venus. It claims to be the first 2:1 macro lens capable of focusing to infinity; a pretty awesome feature for a 2:1 lens.


There is always cause for concern when dealing with Chinese products though, and given this company was a first time lens maker, and that it was only available on eBay at first, gave lots of cause for pause. But someone has to take one for the team, so to speak, and that guy was Thomas Shahan, whom we have featured before for his stunning macro photography, and has tested out the lens.


[REWIND: Explore The Alien World Of Insect Macro Photography]

Surprisingly, the lens appears to be a huge success. Thomas goes as far as saying he is in love with the lens. Those are high marks from a guy who does macro photography in almost all of his work. Check out Thomas’ review below:

If you are interested, you can find the VENUS V-DX 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra-Macro Lens over on their website, here. Depending on the mount version you want, the price ranges from $379 to $399.

[via Thomas Shahan on Youtube]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Graham Curran

    Looks like an interesting lens, I’d love to see some optical tests on it

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  2. James Rogen

    This is a fantastic lens. I used this lens on a mole that i have on my neck because my doctors wouldn’t believe that it’s getting bigger, but now i have proof.

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  3. Michael Old

    This looks like a very interesting lens, however I did note that the lens was sent to Mr Shahan to review.
    It raises a few questions for me about sample variations and cherry picking the best to be reviewed.
    With all that said, it looks like a great lens for the price and I look forward to seeing a few more reviews

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  4. Brandon Dewey

    As always amazing images!

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  5. Hannu Siika-aho

    Beautiful bokeh!

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  6. Steve VanSickle

    This is interesting to see. As a Nikon shooter, I’d always been a bit jealous of Canon’s 5:1 super macro, but this could be fun to work with.

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  7. Basit Zargar

    Macro lover :)

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