Budget lens maker Venus Optics has just announced three new ultra-wide cine primes under their Laowa brand. New lenses include Laowa 7.5mm T2.1 Cine for Micro Four Thirds, Laowa 9mm T2.9 for Super35 cameras and the Laowa 15mm T2.1 Zero-D Cine. The latter covers full-frame sensors on the latest digital cinema cameras.
Moreover, the trio shares the optical design with their respective stills versions.
Fast and Wide, with Zero Distortion
Nevertheless, just like their stills counterparts, these new cine versions feature an ultra-wide angle of view and fast aperture. The Laowa 7.5mm T2.1 feature a 110 degrees FoV on MFT while the 9mm T2.9 features a 113 degrees on Super35 sensors. The 15mm T2.1 instead gets you a 110 degrees FoV on cameras with full frame sensors.
Wide-angle Laowa lenses are known for their “Close-to-zero” distortion. And, as such, both the 9mm and 15mm feature the distinguishing Laowa Zero-D optical design where the optical distortion at infinity distance has been compressed to the minimal.
Moreover, this is very important when filming indoors, such as real estate for example. This is one of the reasons why Laowa wide-angle primes are so popular with real estate videographers and photographers. Unlike in photographer, with video footage it is very difficult to sometimes nearly impossible to fix bended lines; something that is of paramount importance when filming real estate.
Compact and Lightweight Design
The new Laowa lenses are extremely compact and lightweight. Both 7.5mm and 9mm weigh close to 0.5 lbs (226g). The 15mm is a little bit heavier due to the larger coverage – however at 1.2 lbs (540g) it’s still impressive. Their nimble footprint makes them very suitable for run-and-gun productions, shooting with gimbals, in-car shots.
Both the Laowa 7.5mm and 9mm can focus as close as 4.7 inches (12cm) from sensor to subject while the 15mm can focus up to 5.9 inches (15cm).
Naturally, the “Cine” designation sets them apart from their stills variants. The new lenses come with industry standard 0.8 mod pitch gears for pairing up with follow-focus motors. And of course, the aperture ring offers fluid iris control.
More Lens Mount Options Planned
Venus Optics has plans to release Nikon Z, Canon RF and Leica L mount of these lenses later in 2020. This is great news for those looking for ultra-wide angle optics for their RED Komodo or Canon EOS R5, Nikon Z6/Z7, Sigma FP, or Panasonic S1H.
Pricing and Availability
According to Venus Optics, the new Laowa cine primes are currently available to order direct and authorized resellers.
Furthermore, the Laowa 7.5mm T2.1 and 9mm T2.9 are priced at $599, while the 15mm T2.1 is $1,199. Also, expect pricing to vary among countries because of taxes and such.
Fore more info head over to Venus Optics.