The seasoned underwater macro photographer can look like they’ve just stepped off the set of Ghostbusters, such is the bristling array of bits and pieces hanging off their rigs. But strap on the 16-inch-long Laowa Venus 24mm f/14 Macro Probe Lens and you’re sure to elicit a few gasps and perhaps even some jealous snickers—see the image at the bottom of this page.
Just ask Backscater CEO Jim Decker, who recently took this curious-looking gadget for a spin and tested out its unique “bug eye” perspective. As Jim puts it, “The best way to describe it is a super macro lens with a wide field of view.” In other words, you can get really, really close to your subject—less than an inch for a reproduction ratio of 2:1—but also enjoy a wide field of view. That allows you to get both a tiny primary foreground subject like a blenny or a cuttlefish and a big secondary subject like a diver or the main subject’s environment in the same shot.
Jim’s fascinating article explores how he achieved his shots, the considerable challenges involved, and the addictive results he obtained. He reckons the Laowa Probe Lens is “one of the most unique lenses that can be shot underwater.” Aren’t you just itching to give it a try?
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