The Weird but Genius Lens You May Want to Add to Your Camera Bag

Photographers are always trying to stay one step ahead of the pack when it comes to making images. If you’re currently out of ideas for your next shoot, maybe a new lens will help get the juices flowing.

There’s something about acquiring a new piece of kit that can really help with creativity. This statement is especially true for camera lenses, as they quite literally allow you to take pictures differently. Enter the Venus Optics Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe Lens, which has to be the strangest lens I have seen in a long time. In a nutshell, it is a macro lens designed for close-up shooting. What makes it different from other macro lenses is that it has an incredibly long, slender barrel that allows the shooter to get into spaces where a traditional lens might not be able to go. This week, the team over at TMS Productions is back to give this very lens a good test.

While written reviews of products have their place, I much prefer to see things in person or at least on screen. This is why I like the video by TMS, as they show many possible applications for such a niche product. The guys shoot all manner of things from eyeballs, to typewriters, to nature. They even take advantage of the lens’ waterproof qualities to capture root beer like you may have never seen it before. Is this product going to become your new go-to lens? Probably not. Could this lens complement your existing shooting repertoire? I would say yes. I can see many different genres of photography taking advantage of such a lens, from wedding shooters capturing tiny details on the big day to product photographers getting a very different perspective on things. Check out the video and see for yourself. I’d be curious to hear in the comments what sort of applications come to mind when you see such a crazy-looking lens like this.


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