AstriHori has announced a new full-frame macro periscope probe lens for Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF and EF, and Leica L and L Cinema mounts. The 28mm F13 2X magnification lens can focus as close as 0.8cm but maintains a wide 75-degree perspective to create a “bug eye” effect. It features a waterproof probe lens that also has a periscope end complete with LED lighting for capturing subjects in otherwise hard-to-reach areas.
The probe design of the lens allows photographers and videographers to get into spaces that would be tricky with the standard lens shape. This could include narrow places such as pipes, cracks, and flowers, or simply getting close to nature in a less obtrusive way. The end of the lens is waterproof up to 25 cm so this could even get you into places where you might have needed an underwater housing before.
“This innovative lens empowers users to precisely position the extended, waterproof barrel in confined spaces and underwater environments, delivering a distinctive viewpoint.” – AstriHori
With its 2X magnification factor, the lens is great for capturing the world of tiny things in macro, plants and insects especially. There’s a built-in LED light for illuminating subjects if needed. Additionally, the 1/4″-20 filter thread can be used for mounting further fill lighting. With the periscope design, the lens can be rotated up to 90 degrees. This makes it much easier to work in tight spaces to get the best angle on your subject.
“The AstrHori 28mm F13 2x Periscope Probe Lens seamlessly integrates the exceptional features of the 28mm F13 2x Probe lens while introducing a novel tube with a periscope. The inclusion of the 90° Periscope tip broadens the spectrum of dynamic movements, offering users unparalleled creative possibilities.” – AstriHori
The lens will retail at 1,032 USD with a bundled version that comes with a “straight” lens at 1505 USD. Find more information about the lens on Pergear’s website here.
Headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China, the AstrHori brand began its journey into optics and interchangeable lenses in 2018. Much of the company’s focus is to bring optical innovation to assist in the medical, optoelectronics, and other industries. The team’s probe lenses have brought something very different to the table but they have also manufactured several non-probe lenses. See the whole product suite and read more about AstriHori on their main webpage here.
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