Get ready to be probed! Laowa reveals new probe lens + 8 more avant-garde optics

Laowa lenses
(Image credit: Venus Optics / Photo Rumors)

Venus Optics has revealed nine new avant-garde lenses under the Laowa brand, including a second generation of its infamous 'probe lens', a 10mm f/4 pancake, a 20mm f/4 shift lens and a 6mm T2.1 cine lens. 

Laowa has made a name for itself not just as a brand for low-price alternatives to the giants of the optics industry, but has carved a niche as a producer of high-quality, specialist and daringly niche lenses. This newest batch is a case in point, with macro lenses, cine lenses, anamorphic lenses, as well as a shift lens and a pancake lens – and, of course, that eye-opening probe lens.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.