Laowa teases yet another new macro probe lens, but this one's way faster

Laowa 24mm T8 2X Macro Pro2be lens
(Image credit: Laowa)

Laowa is doubling down on its commitment to the macro probe lens and has teased yet another variant on the design. In a short YouTube teaser, we can see glimpses of the upcoming 24mm T8 2X Macro Pro2be cine lens. This will join the company's existing Macro Probe and Periprobe lenses, sharing the latter's interchangeable front tubes - a feature that lets you apply a choice of angled lens modules to achieve different shooting perspectives.

By freezing the teaser video at the right point, we can see that the new Pro2be has at least three different interchangeable front modules: a normal, forward-facing 'Direct View Module', a periscope-style module, and an angled 35-degree Module which allows you to shoot with your camera pointed downward at an angle, while the front of the lens captures a conventional, forward-facing perspective.

(Image credit: Laowa)

Like Laowa's existing probe lenses, the new variant as 2x macro magnification, but unlike its predecessors, the maximum T8 aperture is a great improvement over the f/14 rating of previous Laowa probe lenses. The faster aperture will give you more lighting flexibility, thereby reducing the need to resort to higher shooting sensitivities.

Past Laowa probe lenses have incorporated a tiny ring light into the lens tip for illuminating very close subjects, but this feature isn't obviously apparent in the Pro2be. It's possible Laowa has seen fit to delete this feature on account of the faster maximum aperture, but we can't be sure yet.

(Image credit: Laowa)

The teaser video doesn't give away any details about mount options or lens pricing - we'll have to wait until the official launch on August 15 for that information. But assuming the Pro2be is a manual-focus lens like Laowa's other probe lenses, it'll likely be available in numerous mount options.

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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.