Pergear 60mm f/2.8 Mk2 Macro lens offers up to 2x magnification

Aug 3, 2023

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Pergear 60mm f/2.8 Mk2 Macro lens offers up to 2x magnification

Aug 3, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Pergear has announced a new lens. This time, they’re targeting macro with the new Pergear 60mm f/2.8 Mk2 2x Macro lens. It’s available for pretty much all of the mirrorless mounts, including Canon RF, Nikon Z, Sony E, Leica L, Fuji X and even Micro Four Thirds.

Despite being available in the smaller Micro Four Thirds mount, it is a full-frame lens, offering full-frame coverage on other systems. It provides up to 2x magnification with a minimum focus distance of 19.1cm.

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The lens is a refresh to the original model Pergear 60mm f/2.8 Macro. It was released last year and now appears to have disappeared overnight since the announcement of the Mark II. From Christopher Frost’s review above, it seems this is an incremental update that doesn’t offer any significant upgrades for owners of the original.

It’s not a perfect lens by any means, and with a $199 price tag, one can hardly expect perfection, either. It has some pincushion distortion, and the focus breathing leaves much to be desired. But for an entry-level macro lens to get you started on the cheap? It doesn’t seem like a bad deal.

If you’re looking to get into macro seriously, then I’d probably skip this one. Instead, I’d buy and adapt an old Nikon 105mm or Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro to use with your mirrorless cameras instead. But, if you just want something inexpensive to play with… Something to have to hand on the rare occasions you want to photograph something this close up, the Pergear lens might be worth a look.

Pergear 60mm f/2.8 Mk2 2x Macro Specs

Focal length60mm
FormatFul-frame
MountNikon Z, Canon RF, Sony E, Leica L, Fuji X, Micro Four Thirds
Focus typeManual focus
Max aperturef/2.8
Min aperturef/16
Min focus distance19.1cm
Optics10 elements in 7 groups
Aperture blades10 (rounded)
Filter diameter62mm
Dimensions68 x 118mm
Weight~600g

Price and Availability

The Pergear 60mm f/2.8 Mark II 2x Macro is available to buy now for $199 for Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF and Leica L mounts. Fuji X and Micro Four Thirds don’t appear to be available just yet, but I expect they’ll be coming soon.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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