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Venus Optics Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine Lens (Leica L)

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Venus Optics Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine Lens (Leica L)
Key Features
  • Leica L 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 Leica L-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 for 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 size sensors or smaller.
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Venus Optics Laowa 12mm T/2.9 Zero-D (ft) Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Leica L Mount
  • 3Low Distortion, 7-Blade Iris
  • 4114mm Step-Up Ring
  • 57" Close Focus
  • 6Hard-Shell Case
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The Leica L-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 for 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 size 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 from the camera sensor (4" from the lens front). The focus and aperture rings feature industry-standard 0.8-MOD 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, as well as a hard-shell Pelican case with custom foam to protect and transport the lens.

Leica L Mount
Ultra wide-angle 12mm T2.9 prime designed for Leica L-mount cine cameras with up to full-frame/VistaVision/ALEXA LF sensor
Low Distortion, 7-Blade Iris
Designed with 16 elements in 10 groups, low distortion, and 7-blade iris
114mm Step-Up Ring
102mm front diameter with 114mm step-up adapter ring to fit industry-standard matte box
7" Close Focus
7" close focus from sensor (4" from lens front), smooth 270° focus rotation, and standard 0.8 MOD focus ring
Hard-Shell Case
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
Leica L
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 Camera Sensor: 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
6.025 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
11.2 x 10.6 x 7.5"

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

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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 A
Date published: 2022-09-29

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

Does anyone know how this compares to the Laowa 12mm 2.9 Cine Lens, specifically for real estate video? I can't seem to find any real comparisons online.
Asked by: Carlos
This Venus Optics Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine Lens (Leica L) is a great lens for real estate videos as it has a very wide 122° angle of view, with very minimal to no distortion of the image.
Answered by: Paige K
Date published: 2022-09-29

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: Nicholas
Date published: 2021-10-24

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
Date published: 2021-05-25

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: Nicholas
Date published: 2021-07-15

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: JonathanS
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
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