Venus Optics releases Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D Cine lens for PL, EF and E mount cameras

14 Jan

Venus Optics has announced pricing and availability of its Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine lens.

The lens, which Venus Optics claims is ‘the world’s widest T2.9 cinema lens covering Vista Vision/Full frame sensors,’ is a re-engineered version of its 12mm F2.8 Zero-D photo lens. It’s constructed of 16 elements in 10 groups, features two aspherical elements and has a minimum focusing distance of just 18cm (7in) from the sensor.

As the ‘Zero-D’ nomenclature in its name suggests, the Laowa 12mm T2.9 lens features ‘close-to-zero’ distortion. It offers up a 47mm image circle, which is large enough to support both full-frame sensors and the larger Vista Vision sensors found on RED Monstro and Arri Alexa LF cameras. It also works as a 17mm equivalent lens on Super35 sensors.

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Both the aperture and focus rings use standard 0.8 mod gears for easy operability with follow focus systems. The focus ring has a 270-degree throw for smooth and precise adjustments. The lens, which is constructed of an aluminum alloy, measures in at 87mm (3.4in) long and weighs just 675g (1.5lbs).

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The Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine lens is currently available to order in PL, EF and E mount on Venus Optics’ online shop for $ 1,500. In addition to a custom Pelican case, the lens comes with a 114mm step-up ring for attaching matte boxes and other accessories, as well as shims for flange calibration. Pricing will vary in different regions around the world, according to Venus Optics.

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