PP: AstrHori 18mm f/8 2X Probe Macro vs Venus Optics Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe Review

AstrHori 18mm f/8 2X Probe Macro: Amazon
Venus Optics Laowa 24mm f/14: Amazon / B&H Photo

The AstrHori 18mm f/8 2X Probe Macro is quite a unique lens that Chris and Jordan decided to review and surprisingly they find the lens to be sharper than Laowa’s Probe lens.

  • The lens is best for video
  • AstrHori is made for APS-C while the Laowa is for Full Frame
  • You will want a slider to create the best results
  • Many cameras shoot in Super 35 mode which is APS-C
  • The AstrHori is a f/8 while the Laowa is a f/14
  • Both power their light via USB
  • Both are waterproof up to the USB port
  • The original Laowa lens doesn’t have a removable head
  • The AstrHori does allow you to remove the lens so they can release adapters in the future
  • The AstrHori is about 27mm full frame equivalent
  • The Laowa is 24mm on Full Frame and 36mm on APS-C
  • the AstrHori should be wider all around but it is mainly longer on the wide end since the AsrHori has better magnification and there might be some focus breathing so the Laowa comes off wider sometimes
  • AstrHori is a very flat shooting lens
  • The AstrHori is sharp wide open and you only get more contrast by stopping down to f/14
  • The AstrHori is very sharp and has more detail than the Laowa
  • AstrHori is way more affordable than the Laowa

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