Bizarre lens alert: the macro probe lens club gets a new member

AstrHori 18mm f/8 APS-C periscope probe macro lens
(Image credit: AstrHori)

We were blown away in 2018 when Laowa launched its 24mm f/14 2x Macro Probe lens - a macro lens like no other. Then in 2022, AstrHori gave us its 28mm f/13 macro probe lens, offering similar specs to the Laowa lens, but costing around half the price. And just when you thought there were enough probe lenses in the world, AstrHori announced it has another offering waiting in the wings - this time a dedicated APS-C probe lens. The crop-sensor lens will be available in Sony E, Fujifilm X, Canon RF, Canon EF, Nikon Z, L-mount and Micro Four Thirds mounts.

The lens comes in two parts, allowing it to be transported more easily in the supplied case. (Image credit: AstrHori)

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.