The weirdest macro lens Laowa 24mm f/14 2:1 is now available for preorders

Aug 2, 2018

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Aug 2, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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The Laowa 24mm f/14 2:1 Probe lens is definitely the weirdest macro lens I’ve ever seen. It was presented at Photokina way back in in 2016, and now it’s finally available for preorders. Venus Optics has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund this “weird, but revolutionary” lens and the funds have already gone through the roof. The company has also published a video with plenty of sample footage, and seeing that, I’m not surprised that so many people want to own this crazy lens.

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Venus Optics has launched some pretty interesting lenses before, such as the world’s widest macro lens, 15mm f/4. Wide macro lenses like this allow you to shoot up close, yet include the subject’s environment in the shot. The same goes for the new Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe, and there are a few other perks.

First of all, the Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe lets you close really close to the subject with your lens (2 cm at 2:1). At the same time, due to the lens’ design, you and the camera won’t be as close to the subject. This makes it easier to photograph tiny creatures like insects and spiders because you won’t scare them away.

The long and narrow barrel of the lens has another advantage. It lets you access the areas that would be inaccessible with other macro lenses. Therefore, you can end up with some pretty unique angles and crazy shots, and put the lens inside completely inaccessible places, such as holes in trees or ground.

If you decide to get adventurous with the Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe and take a peek inside the aforementioned holes, it’s important to note that the light won’t be a problem. The lens has a built-in LED ring light at the front to help you illuminate your subjects.

To give you more versatility when shooting, the front barrel of the lens is waterproof. In the sample video, you can see some cool beer shots made with this lens. Older sample footage shows what it looks like to film fish in an aquarium. I guess the only limit is your creativity.

YouTube video

The Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe can cover both the standard 35mm full frame & Super35 image sensor. It’s available in four different mounts: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony FE; and Arri PL. Despite the long tubular design, the lens is not too heavy, weighing 1.04 pounds (474 g).

The only disadvantage of the Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe is that it’s a manual focus lens. At least that’s the disadvantage I can conclude from the specs. In his field test and review, Nicky Bay writes that this can be tricky because the lens is so wide, so everything appears to be in focus.

Here are the full specs of the lens:

At the moment of writing this, the Kickstarter campaign has reached $206,699 of $9,999 goal, and there’s still a month to go. There are still a few Early Bird deals left, and the Laowa 24mm f/4 2:1 Probe lens will set you back $1,200 with this deal. The retail price of the lens will be $1,500 and the shipping begins in October 2018. There are a few other rewards at different prices, and you can check them all out and preorder the lens on Kickstarter.

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8 responses to “The weirdest macro lens Laowa 24mm f/14 2:1 is now available for preorders”

  1. Marco Peixoto Avatar
    Marco Peixoto

    Ohhh super interesting… then you read the price… ok lets get back to the “old method” :)

    1. Benjamin Lauwick Avatar
      Benjamin Lauwick

      Clever design though ?

    2. Art Nau Avatar
      Art Nau

      pretty much that…

    3. Huge Dom Avatar
      Huge Dom

      Think a lot of people were interested until they see the price, too. As of this moment there are only ~250 backers which is telling.

  2. Adrian Duron Avatar
    Adrian Duron

    Careful where you use this lens, looks like a gun barrel lol

  3. Jérôme Pouille Avatar
    Jérôme Pouille

    Ghislain Butruille tu cherche pas à faire du macro ?

  4. justin asti Avatar
    justin asti

    How much does this lens cost

  5. justin asti Avatar
    justin asti

    How much does this product cost?