Most often I take pictures of birds like this Mallard:
However, when I’m not taking pictures of birds with my Nikon D500, my next favourite camera and lens combination is my Panasonic G9 with the Venus Laowa 50mm f/2.8X Macro. This lens is sharp and can take portraits, landscapes, and of course macros. In fact I even wrote a review of it if you want more information.
Here I’d just like to share a few images that I’ve taken with this lens in 2022. Of course, I bought this lens for its unusual 2X macro capabilities—that just means a subject take up twice its size on the sensor at maximum magnification.
Incidentally, I’ve found that at 2X magnification, any aperture from f/2.8 to f/5.6 is good with sharpness peaking at around f/4. Beyond f/5.6 the resolution drops noticeably but this is not so apparent or important unless you are close to maximum magnification. Here is a sample shot that is very close to 2X magnification:
Luckily, this spider remained still for me. I also used a tripod and the timer for this shot. There is simply now way I could get such a low shutter speed at this magnification, and also it would be very difficult to get the plane of focus right. Generally, past 1x magnification, a tripod becomes an even greater asset than with regular macro shooting.
I’ve found this lens to be an endless source of fun. Not only can I get sharp, great shots with it, but it also has let me see tiny parts of the world that I otherwise rarely see.
The Laowa is not only good for macros but any shot where 50mm is appropriate. I like taking pictures of frogs, although sometimes it takes patience to approach them with such a short lens.
I even take landscapes sometimes. Actually, one of the first questions I had before I ever got my first interchangeable lens camera was “can a 50mm lens take landscapes?”, as my beginner’s mind was under the impression that one needed a wide-angle lens for landscapes.