Innovation drives the wheels of industry, in theory that should provide notable benefits to humanity …. though we all know that isn’t always the case.
The new kid on the lens block is a Chinese startup with a lens brand of Laowa, and they seem intent on innovation as was the case of their 60mm F2.8 macro lens.
Well done and kudos, an excellent lens, but I’m still scratching my head over their latest innovation that looks more like a cattle prod or one of those car wash spray wands than a lens.
I cannot see a single advantage in the design even if it were to be the sharpest lens ever produced by anyone and I can’t envision the design becoming a trend setter.
Now maybe if you had an encounter with Darth Vadar and didn’t have a light saber handy this could postpone the inevitable – I mean come on now Pinocchio would be green with envy.
Laowa’s reasoning is that it will appear less threatening to “shy” macro subjects – on the contrary I think it might scare the hell out of them and be interpreted as a large proboscis from an unidentified species.
I can’t speak to this lens optical capabilities or build quality and it won’t be released until next year, time will tell though, but one things for certain, I’m not coveting this lens while I do covet other Laowa offerings.