The Laowa 24mm f/14 2X Macro Probe lens is perhaps one of the strangest looking lenses you’ll come across. The strange design of the lens is due to it being a “probe” lens. The Laowa 24mm f/14 is not the first probe lens, but it is soon to be one of the most accessible. Probe lenses have been more well known in the film industry with lens maker’s like Innovision Optics. Venus Optics, the makers of Laowa lenses, is hoping to bring probe lenses to the masses. Innovisions Probe II+ starts at $30,000+, whereas the new Laowa 24mm f/14 probe lens is just $1499.
The Laowa 24mm f/14 2X Macro Probe lens recently had a very successful Kickstarter campaign, where, at current exchange rates, Venus Optics was able to raise over $1,000,000. Apparently, at $1499, there is a lot of interest for probe lenses.
But, why so much interest for a probe lens? What are the benefits of a probe lens like the Laowa 24mm f/14 2x macro? There are actually many benefits. One huge benefit is the combination of a 2:1 macro with a wide-angle, 24mm focal length. This combination allows photographers and videographers to capture both a subject at very close distance and detail, and more of the surrounding environment… at the same time. Another great benefit of a probe lens is, well… the probe design! Having a long barrel makes it easier to get close to a subject without actually having to get yourself close too. Imagine taking a picture of something that is hiding in a bush. The Laowa probe lens allows you to stick the barrel into the bush without having to get your entire camera, hands, etc., too. In addition, the end of the lens is waterproof! This lets you take underwater pictures without having to get your camera wet.
Another benefit for videographers is the small diameter of the lens. Videographers can get especially creative by passing the lens through different objects while filming, like between birthday candles.
Check out this video from Venus Optics to see all of these benefits, and more, in practice:
The Laowa 24mm f/14 2x Macro Probe lens is now available for pre-order. The lens costs $1499, and will be available in early November. If you are interested in pre-ordering the lens, please use the links below, or give us a call at (802) 651-4100.