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Pergear, a little known Chinese manufacturer, has just announced its first macro lens. The 60mm F2.8 Ultra-Macro is a lens without autofocus and that its manufacturer intends to use for hybrids with APS-C and 4/3″ sensors.

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Pergear has just announced a non-autofocus macro lens, the 60mm F2.8 Ultra-Macro. Interestingly, this lens offers a magnification ratio of up to 2:1. This means that captured subjects can appear on the sensor up to twice their actual size. A remarkable feature, because while truly macro lenses are relatively uncommon, lenses offering a x2 magnification factor are very rare.

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An unknown manufacturer

If you didn’t know Pergear, it’s hardly surprising. This Chinese manufacturer is better known as a distributor of photo equipment than as a lens manufacturer. Yet, its fleet counts nearly a dozen lenses, all without autofocus, going from the 7.5 mm fisheye to our 60 mm macro. Obviously, producing lenses without electronics is much easier.

No stabilization or autofocus

Concerning the optical construction of the 60mm F2.8 Ultra-Macro, we are in the presence of a fixed focal length based on an optical formula of 11 elements divided into 8 groups. The diaphragm has 10 blades. The minimum focusing distance is 19 cm.

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This is an optic that could be considered cheap and therefore does not have the options of the more premium “rocks”. So gone are the optical stabilization, autofocus and tropicalization. The lack of autofocus is not necessarily harmful for a macro lens, but the lack of stabilization could be a bigger problem.

If we put aside the 4/3″ sensor cameras from Olympus and Panasonic, trWhile most cameras are equipped with mechanical sensor stabilization, other APS-C cameras for which the lens is intended, such as Fujifilm, Sony or Nikon, are less well equipped. Indeed, the latter are only equipped with this mechanical stabilization at the top of the range. The use of a tripod will therefore be essential in many cases.

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Once the lens is mounted on an APS-C body, the camera will render an image equivalent to the 90mm focal length (in reference to the 24×36 format). On a hybrid with a 4/3″ sensor, we will be in presence of a 120 mm equivalent. Note that this is a relatively imposing lens. If its total length does not exceed 12 cm, it still weighs 600 g, which is not insignificant when mounted on a small body.

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Price and availability

The Pergear 60mm F2.8 Ultra-Macro is priced at €229 and first shipments are expected to start after the third week of August 2021.

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