The AstrHori 28mm f/13 2X macro probe full-frame lens for Sony-E, Nikon-Z, Canon-RF, Canon-EF, Leica L, and PL mount has now been officially released.
Numerous improvements have been made to the new lens, including an upgraded design that allows photographers and videographers to spin the front end of the lens, allowing them to shoot at a vertical position. Users can access multiple shooting perspectives by rotating the lens’s end 90 degrees in either direction.
The front 25 centimeters of the barrel are entirely waterproof, and the new lens also works with an embedded LED light to guarantee that the subject is suitably lighted, which is especially crucial given the lens’s maximum aperture of f/13. A USB port on the lens barrel can be used to power the built-in LED.
Other aspects of the lens remain constant, including its 2:1 maximum magnification ratio, which results in a 0.48-meter minimum focusing distance. The aperture of the lens extends from f/13 to f/40, and the macro probe contains 21 elements grouped into 16 groups.
The AstrHori 28mm f/13 is available in a variety of mounts, including E, Z, RF, EF, L, PF, and F, making it suitable for both DSLR and mirrorless cameras.
The updated AstrHori 28mm f/13 lens is a worthy rival to the costly Laowa 24mm T8 2x Pro2be lens, which was released this summer. Controlling the shooting angle is also possible with that lens, albeit using whole new lens tubes rather than a rotating front element.
The AstrHori 28mm f/13 lens is substantially less expensive, but it is also slower and does not have the same broad field of vision as the Laowa rival, which was also demonstrated by the AstrHori 18mm f/8 lens.