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Venus Optics Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe Lens for Canon EF

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Venus Optics Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe Lens for Canon EF
Key Features
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/14 to f/40
  • Two Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • One Extra Refractive Index Element
Described as "weird but genius," the Canon EF-mount Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe from Venus Optics is a truly unique lens designed for close-up shooting. Distinguished by its long, 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, which allows for greater detail in the background with less subject isolation.
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Venus Optics Laowa 24mm f/14 Macro Probe Overview

Described as "weird but genius," the Canon EF-mount Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe from Venus Optics is a truly unique lens designed for close-up shooting. Distinguished by its long, 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, which allows 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 0.8" 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 water or in other dusty or trying environments.

Wide-angle prime is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it will provide a 38.4mm equivalent focal length.
Unique macro lens design offers a greater-than-life-size 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 in order 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 also waterproof, allowing you to comfortably work just under the surface of water or in dusty environments.
The front of the lens also has a built-in LED ring light, which is powered via a micro-USB port on the barrel, to provide 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.
Seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.

Venus Optics Laowa 24mm f/14 Macro Probe Specs

Focal Length24mm
Maximum Aperturef/14
Minimum Aperturef/40
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View85°
Minimum Focus Distance1.54' / 47 cm
Maximum Magnification2x
Macro Reproduction Ratio2:1
Optical Design27 Elements in 19 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter SizeNone
Dimensions (ø x L)1.5 x 16.06" / 38 x 408 mm
Weight1 lb / 474 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.41 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)20.1 x 7.3 x 6.2"

Venus Optics Laowa 24mm f/14 Macro Probe Reviews

Great lens for very limited applications

By Charles
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-10

I saw an article where a guy was taking photos inside an old violin and was enthralled. Must have been cut and paste or magic. Not so - this lens goes through th ehose where base support is and has a light ring installed at the end. I am now trying to figure out other applications. I'll do another review after I've used it some more. Very well designed and engineered. Need to do focus stacking in post-processing. More to come with photos

Another world in a lens

By Daniel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-29

Really your world change when you open your eyes with this lense, the only thing is if you need a good light because the lens needs many lights with a modificators

Great Lens!

By Smith
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-16

Love this! First time using a probe lens! Heard so many great things about this lens and had to get my hands on it especially when shooting product videography/photography! Love the build and the sweet case it comes in!

Get the geared version

By Jason
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-18

This would have been a 5 star but I bought this version about 3 weeks before the geared toothed version cam out which is critical for pulling focus or iris. All things created equal the geared version is superior for the uses of this lens and now that the geared version is out this version is like having a 2021 C8 Corvette without a steering wheel.

Super fun.

By Jon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-30

I've only been able to use this lens a little bit but already love it. It is a fun way to take macro pictures.

Unique Lens

By Justin
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-01

Great lens for unique photo opportunities

Crazy fun lens

By Nina
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-20

This is definitely a niche lens but fun to use. It provides a very different perspective.

Muy Bueno

By Maria Paz
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-07

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