It doesn’t take a photography enthusiast to know what a camera lens looks like, but this one lens from Venus Optics will surely leave even an enthusiast bewildered. Venus Optics has no doubt broke the lens design convention with Laowa 24mm f/14 Replay 2x Macro Lens. As you can see, this macro is no doubt a little on the weird on of the scale as far as optics are concerned. On one end, it has a regular Nikon and Canon-friendly mount, but that’s as normal as it gets. Beyond the mount, the lens seems to go on a telescopic path, thinning off (in diameter) towards the lens end like a, well, telescopic fork.
Lenses that goes the length aren’t new, but one that goes down to a diameter that’s barely thicker than a bubble tea straw is unheard off. However, apparently, the lens is not designed without careful thoughts. It is said the slender and longish design will enable photographer to capture “shy” subjects in awkward spots and by “shy” we are assuming something like a bug or such who are intimidated by a hulking lens. Wait. Does it even make a difference to those tiny creatures? I don’t know. Maybe macro photography enthusiasts out there will be kind enough to enlighten us here.
One thing for sure, in a time where shooting related crime is on the rise, you won’t want to use this in an urban environment as it looks too much like a rifle’s barrel which may cause false alarm to be sound (or worst, you being shot at). Best to use this in the jungle, away from the city. At least the bugs or exotic plants won’t scream, “look, he has got a gun!” You get the idea…