Anhui ChangGeng Optical Technology Company Limited, a new Chinese lens manufacturer, has introduced a 60mm lens under the Venus Optics brand name that it says can deliver 2x magnification macro photography. The f/2.8 manual focus lens is designed to cover both full frame and APS-C sensors for macro work, but will introduce vignetting when used at normal focus distances with the larger format.

Constructed using 9 elements in 7 groups, the lens is fitted with dual adjustment rings to assist with focus and magnification, allowing macro photographers to determine the amount of magnification produced.

Despite the apparent lack of an aperture ring in the sample photographed here, the company says it will produce fittings for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha and Pentax K mounts. Interestingly, the lens features a 14-blade iris set in front of the rear two elements.

The Venus 60mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro is priced $379. For more details and image samples visit the Venus Optics website.


Press release:

Venus Optics Announces the Venus 60mm f/2.8 Ultra-Macro Lens, the World’s First 2:1 Magnification Lens with Infinity Focus

The first macro lens with 2x magnification to infinity focus, extremely useful for Macro Photography and Portrait Shooting 

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.