Why would you buy a manual focus only lens when there are other similar lenses available at the same price that feature autofocus? It’s the question surrounding some of Laowa’s lenses, including the Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro lens on test here.
In this case the clue to that question is in the name, because it is a 2:1 ultra macro lens. Yes, this Laowa lens is the only lens to offer a 2:1 life size reproduction. Most true macro lenses offer a maximum 1:1 reproduction. To get this sort of magnification elsewhere, you’re looking at reversing rings, extension tubes and the like.
To put the macro possibilities in perspective, a full-frame sensor measures 36x24mm, meaning an object as little as 18x12mm will fill the frame of a picture when at 2:1 magnification.
We used the 45.4MP Nikon D850 for this test and a full-size print at 240dpi is 874×583mm. That’s quite something – an 18x12mm object printed at 874x583mm, without interpolation!
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