Unique Wide Angle Macro Imaging 


Described as 'Weird but Genius', the Laowa 24mm Probe lens offers a truly unique 'Bug-Eye' perspective for macro imaging.   A long, tubular barrel with tiny lens tip can extend into the smallest of spaces, yet provide a remarkable 84° FOV, 2:1 magnification, and infinity focus.  Further, the Laowa 24mm Macro covers 35mm full frame *and* large format sensors like RED Monstro and ARRI LF from a standard Canon or Nikon mount.  Full details of this lens can be found here:  Laowa 24mm Macro Probe Lens

In collaboration with Venus Optics, the Gates MLA60 and MLA80 Probe Lens Adapters allow full submersion of this distinctive lens, turning 'Bug-Eye' into 'Goby Eye' underwater imaging.  The MLA60 / MLA80 kits include two custom 3D printed adapter gears to map focus / iris  to the housing controls, and a custom Stackable Port Ring adapter to seal around the Laowa lens barrel.  Since the Laowa front element is factory sealed, it leaves the Laowa lens probe extending a full 7" / 178mm from the housing seal.  An optional cable provides switched power to the built-in LED ring light, too.  

MLA60 : Pro Explore and Pro Action housings.  
MLA80 : other cinema-grade systems.  Contact Gates for details.

Key Features

Unique 'Goby Eye' Perspective

The Laowa 24mm Macro Probe lens offer remarkable 2:1 Magnification, wide 84° at the tiny lens tip and infinity focus. 

MLA60 / MLA80 Laowa Macro Probe test footage

Full Housing Integration

The MLA60 / MLA80 directly map iris and focus functions to the housing controls.  Optional LED ring light power cable with on/off switching available with Pro Action / Pro Explore Housings.  

7in / 178mm probe extension

Collaboration with Venus Optics allows for full submersion of the 24mm Macro Probe while retaining generous barrel extension 


2 year warranty

Reliable.  Durable.  Gates

Gates is synonymous with reliability and support.  And only Gates offers a professional 2-year renewable warranty.

Laowa lenses are covered by separate warranty.  Contact Venus Optics for details.


Required Components
  • Laowa 24mm Macro Probe lens
  • MLA60 for Pro Action / Pro Explore:  Full set of SPR60 Stackable Port Rings
  • MLA80: Housing dependent.  Contact Gates for details
MLA60 / MLA80 Construction
  • Anodized Aluminum
  • Stainless Steel
  • ABS Polymer gears (3D Printed)
Weight, packing
  • MLA60:     1.3 lbs / 0.6 kg 
  • MLA80      2.5 lbs / 1.1 kg
Depth Rating
  • 100 feet / 30 m