LAOWA 24mm f14 2x Macro Probe Lens w/ light

Described as “weird but genius,” the Canon EF-mount Laowa 24mm f14 Macro Probe Lens from Venus Optics is a unique lens designed for close-up shooting.


LAOWA 24mm f14 2x Macro Probe is the world’s first consumer-grade probe lens, focusing from 2:1 macro to infinity and with a compelling wide angle ‘Bug Eye’ perspective.

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 compared to traditional telephoto macro lenses, allowing for greater detail in the background with less subject isolation.

The Laowa 24mm Macro Probe and its wide-angle design means a much greater depth of field at close distances than possible with a conventional telephoto macro lens, so more background details can now be seen.

The front barrel of the lens is waterproof, and an LED ring light is mounted at the tip of the lens. It is lightweight and can cover both standard 35mm full-frame & Super35 image sensors.

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” lens version 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.

LAOWA 24mm f14 2x Macro Probe Lens w/ light Key Features:

  • Unique macro lens design offers a greater-than-life-sized 2:1 maximum magnification, a minimum focusing distance of 1.5′, and a working distance of just 0.8″.

  • The long tubular lens barrel produces 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.

  • The 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.

  • The slim 0.8″ front diameter allows for unique “slide-in” shots and offers 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 work comfortably under the water surface or in dusty environments.

  • The front of the lens has a built-in LED ring light 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.

  • The seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.