Laowa 0.7x Focal Reducer for 24mm f/14 2x Macro Probe Lens Introduced



Laowa 0.7x focal reducer, particularly designed for the 24mm f/14 2x macro probe lens (or some other absolutely guide full-frame EF or PL lens) can cut back the crop issue of Super35, APS-C, or Micro 4 Thirds sensors by 0.7x whereas boosting the utmost aperture by one cease. It’s obtainable now for Sony E, FUJIFILM X, Canon RF, Leica L, or Micro 4 Thirds mounts for $250.

I dare to say that the Laowa 24mm f/14 2x macro probe lens is the hottest (and distinctive) lens from the entire Venus Optics portfolio. Ever for the reason that firm teased the lens prototype at Photokina 2016, it gained lots of consideration and curiosity. Two years later, Venus Optics launched the lens by means of a crowdfunding marketing campaign and since then, many business and different cinematographers make the most of the 24mm 2x macro probe lens to get attention-grabbing b-roll clips that weren’t potential earlier than. Make sure that to verify Nino’s 24mm probe “snorkel” lens assessment in case you missed it.

The Laowa probe lens covers full-frame sensors, so when utilizing it on smaller sensors, part of the picture circle is misplaced (like with different full-frame lenses). Venus Optics now launched a brand new 0.7x focal reducer for the lens. Let’s check out the main points.

Laowa 0.7x Focal Reducer: overview

Supply: Venus Optics

The brand new Laowa focal reducer is ready to cut back the crop issue of Super35, APS-C, or Micro 4 Thirds sensors by 0.7x whereas boosting the utmost aperture by one cease (within the case of the Laowa 24mm, the aperture turns into an f/10). Optically, it really works in the identical method as each different focal reducer (a.ok.a Speedbooster) available on the market – there are lots of fashions from Metabones, Viltrox, and different manufacturers.

Venus Optics states that the focal reducer is designed particularly for the Laowa 24mm f/14 2x macro probe lens, however I don’t see why it couldn’t be used with some other lens with a suitable mount. Nonetheless, the focal reducer is barely restricted to guide lenses because it doesn’t present any communication between the lens and the digicam. The glass, due to this fact, has to have its personal focus and aperture rings.

Laowa 0.7x focal reducer on RED KOMODO. Supply: Venus Optics

Mount choices

There can be 10 totally different variations of the Laowa focal reducer for both Canon EF or ARRI PL lenses and numerous mirrorless digicam lens mounts:

  • Canon EF – Canon RF
  • Canon EF – Sony E
  • Canon EF – FUJIFILM X
  • Canon EF – Micro 4 Thirds
  • Canon EF – L mount
  • ARRI PL – Canon RF
  • ARRI PL – Sony E
  • ARRI PL – Micro 4 Thirds
  • ARRI PL – L mount
EF variations. Supply: Venus Optics
PL variations. Supply: Venus Optics

Optical design

Optically, the Laowa 0.7x focal reducer consists of three parts in 1 group. As Venus Optics additional states, the focal reducer is sturdy with full steel development that ought to present stability for tailored lenses. The scale are Φ75mm x 25.5mm (EF variations) and Φ90mm x 38mm (PL variations). The burden of the adapter is round 259g.

Focal reducer on the Panasonic LUMIX GH5. Supply: Venus Optics

Worth and availability

The Laowa 0.7x focal reducer is offered now on the producer’s web site and evidently all of the variations will characteristic the exact same value of $250.

PL model. Supply: Venus Optics

Do you utilize the Laowa 24mm f/14 2x macro probe lens on your video work? Do you utilize the lens with a Speedbooster? What do you consider the brand new Laowa 0.7x focal reducer? Tell us within the feedback part beneath the article.