Venus Optics Laowa Proble Lens Closeup on Table

Unique Laowa 24mm Cine-Mod Probe Lens for Rent

The Venus Optics Laowa 24mm EF mount Cine-Mod probe lens is probably our most unique lens available to rent. This borescope-like tool allows you to capture footage in areas inaccessible to normal lenses.

Laowa 24mm Benefits for Nature and Product Footage

The long barrel can document habitats and the insides of products without having to disturb the area or risk ruining your product shot arrangement. It’s also ideal for creative “slide in” shots in areas normally much too narrow for average lenses. The front barrel of this lens is  waterproof – capture fish between rocks or the inside of a glass as something is poured into it!

Laowa 24mm vs Standard Macro Lenses

With a 2:1 magnification ratio while maintaining an ultra wide 84º angle of view, this lens provides the unusual ability to capture very small subjects while also documenting its surroundings. The deep, fixed f/14 aperture offers a much greater depth of field when compared to standard macro lenses. You’re able to focus very closely to your subject while still getting most of the background in focus. The 20mm diameter lens tip is small enough to not completely overshadow your macro subject, making lighting a tiny object – like a bug or jewelry – much easier. The lens comes with a built-in LED ring light at its tip, which can be powered easily with a common external USB battery pack.

Laowa lens in the studio demonstrating waterproofness

Front of the lens is waterproof.

Closeup of tip of Laowa showing LED

Built-in LED.

Closeup of tip of Laowa lens photographing a Zeiss badge of another lens

Extremely close working distance.

Closeup of cine mod gearing for Laowa lens

Integrated focus and aperture gears.

The Venus Optics Laowa 24mm EF Mount Probe Lens provides a new way to approach macro photography and filmmaking. It is ideal for nature documentaries, how-it’s-made style commercial shooting, and all manner of creative and professional projects.

Tom Anello is Boston-based and has a background in both product and portrait photography. He came to Boston for music school and landed heavily in the world of photography after spending time with commercial product photographer Eric Kulin. Presently, he is BorrowLenses’ Social Media Specialist and produces photo content for the BorrowLenses Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds. Outside of the office, he is an avid film photographer with a focus in portraiture.


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