Venus Optics, makers of the Laowa 24mm Probe lens announced a new Cine version for Sony FE mount full-frame cameras. This is great news for those using pro camcorders like the Sony FX6 or FX9, as well as the new video workhorse Sony A7s III and prefer to work with native mount lenses and avoid PL or other adapters.
Known for their unique wide-angle and specialty lenses such as the 24mm f/14 probe, and 12mm Zero-D cine, Venus Optics has recently dipped their toes into the Cine lens game with their impressive 25-100mm OOOM cine zoom.
Laowa 24mm f14 Probe lens CINE now in Sony E mount
The Laowa 24mm f14 Probe lens offers a 2:1 Macro with infinity focus, lightweight construction, and a LED ring on the front tip. Despite being a very niche lens, the 24mm probe lens has been quite popular with video creators specializing in product videos as it allows them to capture a uniquely close perspective.
The barrel is also waterproof, which means you can dip it in liquids and get some really interesting shots. The optics in the stills and Cine versions are identical, however the CINE versions offer geared rings for focus and iris allowing for more precise focus pulls and overall image control.
All of which is crucial for macro/product shots. In addition, the CINE versions such as the ARRI PL version offer a more solid mount option to prevent twisting and slight movements on the lens mount side.
Furthermore, Venus Optics also announced their Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Zero-D Shift lens is now also available in Canon RF/EF, Nikon F/Z, Sony FE, Leica L mounts. The lens also happens to be the widest shift lens currently available for full-frame cameras.
Additionally, the Laowa 15mm Zero-D shift lens boasts +/- 11mm shift amount when used with full-frame cameras, and even +/- 8mm on medium format cameras like the Fuji GFX100.
Furthermore, the Zero-D designation gives this ultra-wide shift lens nearly no visible distortion when capturing stunning vistas.
To learn more about the Laowa 15mm Zero-D head over to our previous post here.
Pricing and Availability
The new Sony FE mount of the Laowa 24mm f14 CINE 2x MACRO Probe lens is priced at $1699 USD and is shipping now directly from Venus Optics here.
Likewise, the new lens mount options (L mount, Nikon Z, Sony FE, Canon RF) for the Laowa 15mm Zero-D Shift lens are priced at $1,199 USD.