Probe Lens, what is it?
According the the New Oxford American Dictionary, to “probe” means to “physically explore or examine (something) with the hands or an instrument”. In the same text, a “probe” is a “blunt-ended surgical instrument used for exploring a wound or part of the body” or rather a “a small device, especially an electrode, used for measuring, testing, or obtaining information”. A probe lens may then be aptly defined as “a lens used to physically explore or examine something”. Probe lenses; therefore, have existed for centuries in the form of telescopes, or microscopes. If one were to venture further back in history, one might describe the “reading stones” invented in the 13th century used by monks to illuminate manuscripts as a form of probe lens. Perhaps too, the magnifying glasses invented in the 10th century were probe lenses, much like the reading glasses that rest on the bridge of one’s nose. Not every lens is a probe lens. Some lenses are used for decoration, for example, the lenses that are part of a chandelier. In the film and video industry, perhaps every lens is a probe lens. A lens is used to explore or examine the behavior of monkeys in the Congo in a documentary. A lens is used to explore or examine the artistic expression of our deepest ideas in a narrative motion picture. Perhaps the definition needs to be expanded. Perhaps, a manufacturer, in the film and video industry, of the 21st century, where thousands of lenses exist, must qualify a lens as a probe lens, because to probe is a very helpful concept to market the unique set of characteristics that combine to form the Venus Optics Laowa 24mm f14 EF Cine-Mod Lens.