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Venus Optics Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe Lens (ARRI PL, Cine-Mod Version)

BH #VE2414PL • MFR #VE2414PL
Venus Optics Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe Lens (ARRI PL, Cine-Mod Version)
Key Features
  • Full-Frame | f/14 to f/40
  • Focus and Aperture Gears for Cine Use
  • Unique Probe Design for Close-Up Work
  • 2:1 to Infinity Magnification
Described as "weird but genius," the ARRI PL-mount Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe Lens from Venus Optics is a truly unique lens designed for close-up shooting. Distinguished by its long and slender lens barrel, this macro lens provides a 2:1 maximum magnification with a 1.5' minimum focusing distance and a close 0.8" minimum working distance. Even with such a close working distance, the lens measures 1.3' long, placing you at a comfortable distance to photograph nearby subjects. Also, as a wide-angle lens, greater depth of field is afforded when compared to traditional telephoto macro lenses, allowing for greater detail in the background with less subject isolation.
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Venus Optics Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe (Cine-Mod ... Overview

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Described as "weird but genius," the ARRI PL-mount Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe Lens from Venus Optics is a truly unique lens designed for close-up shooting. Distinguished by its long and slender lens barrel, this macro lens provides a 2:1 maximum magnification with a 1.5' minimum focusing distance and a close 0.8" minimum working distance. Even with such a close working distance, the lens measures 1.3' long, placing you at a comfortable distance to photograph nearby subjects. Also, as a wide-angle lens, greater depth of field is afforded when compared to traditional telephoto macro lenses, allowing for greater detail in the background with less subject isolation.

The optical design includes both extra-low dispersion and extra-refractive index elements, which help to suppress chromatic and spherical aberrations for a high degree of clarity, color accuracy, and sharpness. Manual focus control permits focusing from 1.5' to infinity, and the front of the lens has a built-in LED ring light to aid in focusing at close distances. The slim 0.2" diameter of the front of the lens barrel also offers greater opportunities for lighting subjects from the front. Additionally, the front portion of the lens is waterproof and permits working with subjects just beneath the surface of the water or in dusty or trying environments.

This "cine-mod" version of the lens has been optimized for video use and features integrated gears on both the aperture and focus rings for doing iris and focus pulls using a follow focus.

Unique macro lens design offers a greater-than-life-sized 2:1 maximum magnification along with a minimum focusing distance of 1.5' and a working distance of just 0.8".
The long tubular lens barrel contributes to producing a distinct bug-eye perspective and, despite the short working distance, the length of the lens barrel places the camera at a comfortable shooting distance.
Wide-angle 24mm focal length affords greater depth of field and more surrounding detail than traditional telephoto macro designs, which tend to isolate subject matter with shallow depth of field.
Optical design includes two extra-low dispersion elements that control color fringing and chromatic aberrations to produce greater clarity and color accuracy. One extra refractive index element is also featured, which reduces spherical aberrations and distortion for improved sharpness and accurate rendering.
Slim 0.8" front diameter allows performing unique "slide-in" shots as well as affords a greater range of close-up, inconspicuous shooting opportunities. The smaller front diameter also makes it easier to illuminate close-up subjects from the front.
The front of the lens is waterproof, allowing you to comfortably work just under the water surface or in dusty environments.
The front of the lens has a built-in LED ring light which is powered via a micro-USB port on the barrel, providing some illumination on close-up subjects for easier focusing.
Designed for use as a close-up macro lens, the manual focus operation also lets you focus at infinity.
This "cine-mod" version of the lens has built-in focus and aperture gears to aid in doing focus and iris pulls.
Seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.

Venus Optics Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe (Cine-Mod ... Specs

Focal Length
24mm
Lens Mount
ARRI PL
Lens Format Coverage
Full Frame
Maximum Aperture
f/14
Minimum Aperture
f/40
Diagonal Angle of View
Full Frame: 85°
Minimum Focus Distance
From Camera Sensor: 1.5' / 47 cm
Optical Design
27 Elements in 19 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
7
Front Diameter
20 mm
Filter Thread
No
Focus Scales
No
Electronic Communication
No
Maximum Magnification Ratio
1:0.5
Image Stabilization
No
Dimensions (W x H)
2.4 x 2.4" / 60 x 60 mm
Length
1.3' / 408 mm
Weight
1 lb / 474 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
4.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
20.2 x 7.35 x 5.9"

Venus Optics Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe (Cine-Mod ... Reviews

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I know there is an E-mount version, but I want ...

I know there is an E-mount version, but I want the versatility of a PL mount to use with Arri cameras, so the question is.....Is there a crop factor or any magnification when using the PL mounted Laowa with a Metabones E mount adaptor?
Asked by: Eric
Yes. You will be adding mag of 1.5x to 1.07x factor depending on which adapter you us.
Answered by: hectorm
Date published: 2021-12-27

Is there any loss in image quality or minimum ...

Is there any loss in image quality or minimum focus if using this lens with a Metabones adapter?
Asked by: Pedro
There is no loss in image quality using the Venus Optics Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe Lens. The Venus Optics Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe Lens has a close focusing distance of 2cm/0.8in.
Answered by: Nick Y
Date published: 2021-10-17

Does BH sell a support for this lens?

Does BH sell a support for this lens?
Asked by: Pedro
At this time we do not carry a customized lens support unique to this lens. We recommend using normal lens supports such as the Tilta 15mm LWS Rod Lens Support (BH #TILST05 • MFR #LS-T05)
Answered by: jabarih
Date published: 2021-10-28

Ist the PL Cinemod version of this lens going to ...

Ist the PL Cinemod version of this lens going to be geared?
Asked by: Sebastian
Yes, it is geared.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2021-02-07

Does it work only with arri PL mounts?, and can ...

Does it work only with arri PL mounts?, and can you work with metabones?
Asked by: jack
BH #VE2414PL is the PL Mount version of this lens. We also have BH #VE2414CC which is the EF mount version. You may be able to use it with adapters depending on the camera mount you have as well.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2020-01-20

Some reviewer reported about yellowish LED light. ...

Some reviewer reported about yellowish LED light. How bad is it?
Asked by: Sri Mulyono
My whole lens leans yellow anyways, the light seems mostly daylight balanced. I try to stay away from front light in my photography and cinematography so I tend to avoid using it. Also in specular reflections you can very clearly see the 8 individual diodes that compose the ring light. This lens is incredible for what it is capable of, but it does have it’s limitations.
Answered by: Michael
Date published: 2020-07-19

Can someone list every single difference between ...

Can someone list every single difference between the cine-mod and regular versions of this lens?
Asked by: Robin
Cine lenses will have built in gear on the focus ring for focus pulling. That's why it's called the Cine-Mod Version. The original version does not have the built in gear around the focus ring.
Answered by: gracem
Date published: 2022-06-12

Can anyone recommend a good follow focus that ...

Can anyone recommend a good follow focus that fits this small diameter lens? Most of them do not, it would seem. Has anyone tested it with a particular model? Thanks.
Asked by: Michael
This lens has a standard 0.8mm gear and should work with most follow focus units. If you wanted something with a low profile you could check out the Kamerar FF-3 Follow Focus, B&H # KAKFF3, you will just need a 15mm rod system to mount the follow focus too. https://bhpho.to/2CcGHMa
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-02-11
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