Pergear has released a second-generation version of its 60mm f/2.8 macro lens that expands it to full-frame support while maintaining 2x macro reproduction.
This second iteration of the lens builds on the original 2x macro that Pergear launched in 2021. That lens was also a 60mm f/2.8, but it was made only for APS-C and Micro Four Thirds cameras, which limited its use.
This new version has full frame coverage, and Pergear says that it allows for macro shooting without vignetting while also providing a solid option for portraits, creating a multi-purpose lens.
Its optical system consists of 10 elements arranged in seven groups, including three high refractive index elements that Pergear says help to control spherical aberrations and reduce distortion and in order to realize high sharpness and accurate rendering. The lens features an aperture range of f/2.8 through f/16 via a 10 bladed diaphragm. The front filter measures 62mm and it has a minimum focusing distance of 7.51 inches.
The Pergear 60mm f/2.8 II is a manual focus only design and to support that, the company also included focus distance and depth of field scales.
Even though the lens is designed for full-frame cameras like Sony E, Nikon Z, Leica L, and Canon RF, it is still being offered in mounts smaller than full frame including Fujifilm X and Micro Four thirds.
“With a 2x magnification, there is no vignetting when shooting at macro, and there is still a little bit of vignetting at the telephoto end,” Pergear says.
“The de-clicked aperture ring offers smooth, silent rotation throughout the aperture range, making it ideal for close-range video applications and shooting. The multi-layer coating has been applied to individual elements and reduces flare and ghosting in order to produce greater contrast and color accuracy when working in strong lighting conditions.”
Below are a few sample images captured with the new lens:
The original Pergear 60mm f/2.8 was far more limiting due to only supporting smaller sensors and also retailed for $229. Somehow, Pergear made the lens better by expanding its mount support while also lowering the asking price: at the time of publication, it was available for $199. That makes it one of the cheapest, if not the cheapest, full-frame, 2x ultra macro lens available on the market.
Image credits: Pergear