AstrHori has released an improved 18mm F8 periprobe lens for APS-C sensors that now features a 90-degree rotation to enable four different shooting angles. Previously, AstriHori released the 18mm F8 periprobe lens but it was limited to a typical direct viewing angle. With the upgrade, photographers and videographers can now switch between top-down, bottom-up, and side positions around their subject.
The upgraded 23-element probe lens can get as close as 5 mm of a subject with an 80-degree field of view and features a 2x magnification. It works well for macro photography or filming, especially when getting into tight spaces or unique angles. The front 25cm of the lens is waterproof, making the lens ideal for shallow aquatic locations or filming set-ups.
Being made of sapphire glass, the lens is highly durable and scratch-resistant. Sapphire (corundum) is one step below diamonds on the Mohs hardness scale (source: The Natural Sapphire Company). There are also LED lights on the front of the lens that can be adjusted up to ten levels.
In addition to the 90-degree periprobe, the 18mm F8 lens also comes with the original zero-degree direct view attachment. Both of these options can be detached from the main body of the lens and switched out depending on what angle is needed for the shot. The aperture is de-clicked and ranges from F8 to F28. Focusing is manual. At the tip of the 90-degree lens, there is also an ¼ thread for extra attachments. The lens weighs 712 grams which may vary slightly depending on which attachment is used.
The 18mm F8 probe lens is made for E, X, RF, Z, L, and M43 mounts. There is even an option to purchase the direct view lens only in a Canon EF mount version. This is not available for the 90 degree attachment however. AstriHori gives customers the option to purchase the complete lens set with both the 90-degree periprobe and direct view attachments for $1,169 (USD) or each can be purchased separately ($719 USD for the 90 periprobe and $789 (USD) for the direct view).
To find more information about the lens, head over to the Pergear website here.
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