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Venus Optics Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine Lens (Sony E)

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Venus Optics Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine Lens (Sony E)
Key Features
  • Sony E Mount Lens, T2.9 to T22 Aperture
  • 122° Angle of View, Low Distortion
  • Covers Full Frame/VistaVision/ALEXA LF
  • 7" Close Focus, 0.8 MOD Cine Gears
The Sony E mount Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine Lens from Venus Optics provides a wide, 122° angle of view well suited for outdoor and landscape shots and in tight interior locations, and it is optimized for digital cinematography. It is so lightweight and compact that it can be used not only with handheld shooting, it is also light enough for use on gimbals. The lens produces an image circle that will cover full-frame, VistaVision, and ARRI ALEXA LF sized sensors or smaller.
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Venus Optics Laowa 12mm T/2.9 Zero-D (ft) Overview

The Sony E mount Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine Lens from Venus Optics provides a wide, 122° angle of view well suited for outdoor and landscape shots and in tight interior locations, and it is optimized for digital cinematography. It is so lightweight and compact that it can be used not only with handheld shooting, it is also light enough for use on gimbals. The lens produces an image circle that will cover full-frame, VistaVision, and ARRI ALEXA LF sized sensors or smaller.

The 12mm cine lens features a maximum aperture of T2.9 with 16 elements in 10 groups. Its 7-blade aperture provides a soft, pleasing bokeh, a shallow depth of field with little to no distortion, and a 7" close focus distance. The focus and aperture rings feature industry-standard 0.8 pitch gearing that will accommodate standard cine follow focus motors. The 102mm front diameter can be stepped up to 114mm with the included adapter to fit industry-standard matte boxes to prevent glare and reflection, as well as to add filters. Focus, aperture, and depth of field markings are in feet on the side of the lens to aid focus pullers.

In addition to the 114mm step-up adapter ring, a shim set is included for calibration, and a hard-shell Pelican case with custom foam is included to protect and transport the lens.

Ultra wide-angle 12mm T2.9 prime designed for Sony E mount cine cameras with up to full-frame/VistaVision/ALEXA LF sensor
Designed with 16 elements in 10 groups, low distortion, and 7-blade iris
102mm front diameter with 114mm step-up adapter ring to fit industry-standard matte box
7" close focus, smooth 270° focus rotation, and standard 0.8 MOD focus ring
Shim set and hard-shell Pelican case with custom foam are included

Venus Optics Laowa 12mm T/2.9 Zero-D (ft) Specs

Focal Length
12mm
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
Full Frame
Image Circle
44.7 mm
Maximum Aperture
T2.9
Minimum Aperture
T22
Horizontal Angle of View
Super35: 122°
Minimum Focus Distance
From : 7" / 17.8 cm
Optical Design
16 Elements in 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
7
Gear MOD & Pitch
Focus: 0.8 MOD / 32 Pitch
Front Diameter
102 mm
Filter Thread
No
Focus Scales
Imperial
Focus Rotation
270°
Image Stabilization
No
Length
3.43" / 87 mm
Weight
1.49 lb / 675 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
5.915 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
11.1 x 10.3 x 7.6"

Venus Optics Laowa 12mm T/2.9 Zero-D (ft) Reviews

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Does this lens work on my A7R4 mirrorless? Thanks

Does this lens work on my A7R4 mirrorless? Thanks
Asked by: Mariano
Yes it will. Totally manual.
Answered by: Mark S
Date published: 2021-05-25

anyway to get a matte box on this guy?

anyway to get a matte box on this guy?
Asked by: Ed
The Venus Optics Laowa 12mm Cine Lens has a 114mm outer diameter. You will be able to use a 114mm clamp on adapter.
Answered by: Nick Y
Date published: 2021-10-24

Is this the same lens "optically" as the non cine ...

Is this the same lens "optically" as the non cine Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D?
Asked by: John
Yes they are the same focal length, but the cine version will be much better for video.
Answered by: Geetika
Date published: 2021-04-02

Can I use Canon EF to R adapter with this lens?

Can I use Canon EF to R adapter with this lens?
Asked by: Peng
Yes, the standard Canon EF to R Adapter will work with the Laowa 12mm lens.
Answered by: Nick Y
Date published: 2021-07-15

Does anyone know how this compares to the Irix ...

Does anyone know how this compares to the Irix 11mm 4.3 Cine Lens, specifically for real estate video? I can't seem to find any real comparisons online.
Asked by: Carlos
The Venus Optics Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine Lens (Leica L) is not as wide an angle as the IRIX 11mm T4.3 Cine Lens. It is however, lighter and tiny bit better in low light. Image quality wise, they are comparable.
Answered by: Dennis L
Date published: 2022-09-29

Are there any recommended PL to EF converters for ...

Are there any recommended PL to EF converters for 12mm Laowa PL owners who want to use with BMPCC 6k pro
Asked by: Kwesi
B&H offers 44 different PL to Canon EF mount adapters that will work with the Venus Optics Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine Lens and other PL mount lenses. https://bhpho.to/3GQ7SPH
Answered by: Jonathan S
Date published: 2023-12-06

Im guessing Tilta Mini Matte Box will not fit on ...

Im guessing Tilta Mini Matte Box will not fit on this, correct?
Asked by: James
The Tilta Mini Matte Box will not fit on this lens.
Answered by: Jabari
Date published: 2021-04-15

What is the front thread for NDs id like to screw ...

What is the front thread for NDs id like to screw on one if possible?
Asked by: Ben
The Venus Optics Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine Lens (Canon EF) does not have front filter threads, and as such screw in filters are not compatible with the lens. With a 12mm format the Venus Optics Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine Lens (Canon EF) is likely to wide angle to pair with external ND filters, but if you want to try a matte box would be the best way to try an apply ND in front of the lens.
Answered by: Paige K
Date published: 2022-10-24
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