October 15, 2018

Meet the 12 New Laowa Lenses For PL, EF, MFT & E-Mount Shooters

These are the lenses you're looking for.

Laowa has been on a tear announcing new lenses the last few years, with its 24mm marcro NFS reviewed being the most peculiar. A dozen more options have joined the fray, including flavors for cine, Micro Four Thirds (MFT), Sony E-mount, DJI drones, macro and more. 

  • OOOM 25-100mm T2.9 Lightweight Cine Zoom
  • 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine 
  • 9mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine
  • 7.5mm T2.1 MFT Cine
  • 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom
  • 17mm f/1.8 MFT
  • 12mm f/1.8 MFT
  • 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D MFT
  • 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D DJI DL
  • 17mm f/4 Zero-D GFX
  • 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra-Macro APO
  • 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye MF

OOOM 25-100mm T2.9 Lightweight Cine Zoom

The 25-100mm marks its first venture into cinema zoom lenses and features a fixed T2.9 aperture at all focal lengths. It covers only Super35 sensors but is packed with specs we want to see in a cine lens: a step-less t-stop, independent aperture ring, a smooth 270° focus rotation, and industry standard 0.8 mod /32 pitch gears. Optically, the design touts 20 elements in 16 groups with a 9 blade aperture that should produce a good bokeh. Maybe not as round as Canon's 11-blade cine primes, but we're not really comparing apples to apples here. 

Laowa built this lens specifically for cine use so it's not just rehoused photography glass, claiming nearly zero focus breathing and truly parfocal, the latter meaning it will hold focus when you zoom in or out. The minimum focus distance is 23.6" (60cm) and it's fairly lightweight at 5.7lbs (2.6kg). The good news is that it will be available in PL and Canon EF. If you're wondering what "OOOM" is all about, it stands for "Out Of Our Minds".

Specs: 

  • 25-100mm
  • T2.9 – T22
  • Super 35 
  • Angle of View: 64° 
  • 20 Elements in 16 Groups
  • 9 Aperture Blades
  • Min. Focus Distance: 2 feet/70cm
  • 5.7lbs (2.6kg)
  • PL and Canon EF

12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine PL

Unlike the 25-100mm, the 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine is a cine-mod version of its existing 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens. Venus Optics upgrade it with a step-less aperture and focus ring, st7andard 0.8 mod gears for iris and focus pulls and gave it a 270° focus throw. The most surprising thing is it covers the 35mm VistaVision sensor, offering a 122° angle of view and a minimum focusing distance of 0.6 feet (18cm). Since its part of the Zero-D line, we are expecting it to have close to zero distortion. The cine lens will be available in PL or Canon EF mount. 

Specs: 

  • 12mm 
  • T2.9
  • Full Frame 
  • Angle of View: 122°
  • 16 Elements in 10 Groups
  • 7 Aperture Blades
  • Min. Focusing Distance: 0.6 ft (18cm)
  • Max. Magnification: 0.2x
  • Weight: 650g
  • Mounts: PL, Canon EF

9mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine

The 9mm is another cine-mod with a re-housed lens featuring step-less aperture and focus rings and standard 0.8 mod gear. It's compatible with APS-C sensors and optically has a 15 element, 10 group design. Its 7 blade aperture should produce a unique-looking bokeh, but what you're really getting with this lens is a wide angle (a minimum focusing distance of 0.4 feet (12cm)). The 9mm is available in Fuji X, Sony E, and Canon EF-M. 

Specs: 

  • 9mm
  • T2.9
  • APS-C
  • Angle of View: 113°
  • 15 Elements in 10 Groups
  • 7 Aperture Blades
  • Min. Focusing Distance: 0.4 feet (12cm)
  • Max. Magnification: 1: 7.5
  • Manual Focus
  • Filter Thread: 49mm
  • Dimensions: 60 x 53mm
  • Weight: 247g
  • Mounts: Fuji X, Sony E, Canon EF-M

7.5mm T2.1 MFT Cine

Another cine-mod lens, the 7.5mm covers Micro Four Thirds (MFT) sensors with a T2.1 aperture. Similar to the 9mm T2.9, it also features a 7 blade aperture, step-less aperture, focus rings, and standard 0.8 mod gear. 

Specs: 

  • 7.5mm
  • T2.1
  • MFT
  • Angle of View: 110°
  • 13 Elements in 9 Groups
  • 7 Aperture Blades
  • Min. Focusing Distance: 12cm
  • Max. Magnification: 0.11: 1
  • Manual Focus
  • Filter Thread: 46mm
  • Dimensions: 50 x 55mm
  • Weight: 180g
  • Mount: MFT

10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom
Currently Loawa's widest zoom for Sony full frame E-mount, its lens houses 14 elements in 10 groups with 2 aspherical elements & 1 extra-low dispersion. Ideal for landscape photographers or videographers in need of a wide focal length, it offers a 102° to 130° angle of view. While not a cine lens, there is a toggle switch for a clickless aperture on the barrel lens. A 5 blade aperture produces its bokeh. 

Specs: 

  • 10-18mm
  • F/4.5-5.6
  • Full Frame
  • Angle of View: 102-130°
  • 14 Elements in 10 Groups
  • 5 Aperture Blades
  • Min. Focusing Distance: 15cm
  • Max. Magnification: 1: 4
  • Manual Focus
  • Filter Thread: 46mm
  • Dimensions: 70 x 90.9mm
  • Weight: 496g
  • Mount: Sony FE

17mm f/1.8 MFT

The new compact 17mm f/1.8 prime for Micro Four Thirds cameras houses nine elements in seven groups with have a five blade aperture. The lens is compact and lightweight and features a manual focus design (15cm minimum focusing distance) and a 46mm filter thread. 

Specs: 

  • 17mm
  • F/1.8
  • MFT
  • Angle of View: 66.2°
  • 9 Elements in 7 Groups
  • 5 Aperture Blades
  • Min. Focusing Distance: 15cm
  • Max. Magnification: 0.2x
  • Manual Focus
  • Filter Thread: 46mm
  • Dimensions: 55×50mm
  • Weight: 160g
  • Mount: MFT

12mm f/1.8 MFT

The wide-angle 12mm f/1.8 prime is another Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lens housing 13 elements in 10 groups and a 5 blade aperture design. The lens can focus as close as 14cm, and, like its 17mm counterpart, takes 46mm filters. It weighs only 165g.

Specs: 

  • 12mm
  • MFT
  • F/1.8
  • Angle of View: 84°
  • 13 Elements in 10 Groups
  • 5 Aperture Blades
  • Min. Focusing Distance: 14cm
  • Max. Magnification: 0.14x
  • Manual Focus
  • Filter Thread: 46mm
  • Dimensions: 55×50mm
  • Weight: 165g
  • Mount: MFT

9mm f/2.8 Zero-D MFT
The 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens covers APS-C sensors and as a Zero-D variant, it will have close to distortion with better vignetting control. Optically, it's designed from 15 elements in 10 groups and has a seven blade aperture. This is another manual focus lens with a 49mm filter thread. 

Specs: 

  • 9mm
  • F/2.8
  • APS-C
  • Angle of View: 113°
  • 15 Elements in 10 Groups
  • 7 Aperture Blades
  • Min. Focusing Distance: 12cm
  • Max. Magnification: 1: 7.5
  • Manual Focus
  • Filter Thread: 49mm
  • Dimensions: 60 x 53mm
  • Weight: 215g
  • Mount: MFT

9mm f/2.8 Zero-D DJI DL

The Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D DL is compatible with DJI Inspire 2 (X7 gimbals). It features a 118° angle of view and can cover APS-C sensors. The lens is tiny and compact weighing only 215g so it won't slow down your drone. It comes with a 49mm filter thread and, because it is part of the Zero-D line, you're getting close to zero optical distortion. 

Specs: 

  • 9mm
  • F/2.8
  • APS-C
  • Angle of View: 118°
  • 15 Elements in 10 Groups
  • 7 Aperture Blades
  • Min. Focusing Distance: 12cm
  • Max. Magnification: 1: 7.5
  • Manual Focus
  • Filter Thread: 49mm
  • Dimensions: 60 x 53mm
  • Weight: 215g
  • Mount: DJI Zenmuse X7 DL 

17mm f/4 Zero-D GFX

The Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX is a wide angle lens for Fujifilm G-mount cameras. It features close to zero distortion and a 66mm filter thread. Optically, it houses 21 elements in 14 groups with an angle of view of 115°. 

Specs: 

  • 17mm
  • F/4
  • Medium Format
  • Angle of View: 115°
  • 21 Elements in 14 Groups
  • 7 Aperture Blades
  • Min. Focusing Distance: 20cm
  • Max. Magnification: 1: 3.6
  • Manual Focus
  • Filter Thread: 86mm
  • Dimensions: 77.1 x 124.5mm
  • Weight: 829g
  • Mount: Fujifilm G

100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra-Macro APO

The 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro APO is the second lens in the macro lineup followed by 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro. The 100mm covers full frame sensors with a 2:1 magnification to infinity and its APO characteristic eliminates chromatic aberration. There are mounting versions for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony FE, and Pentax K. 

Specs: 

  • 100mm
  • F/2.8
  • Full Frame
  • Angle of View: 24.4°
  • 12 Elements in 10 Groups
  • 7 Aperture Blades (Nikon/Pentax)
  • 9 Aperture Blades (Canon)
  • 13 Aperture Blades  (Sony)
  • Min. Focusing Distance: 24.7cm
  • Max. Magnification: 2 : 1
  • Manual Focus
  • Filter Thread: 67mm
  • Dimensions: 72 x 125mm
  • Weight: 638g
  • Mounts: Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony FE

4mm f/2.8 Fisheye MF

The ultra-wide angle fisheye is completely manual focus featuring a 210° angle of view. It covers Micro Four Thirds (MFT) sensors and has a seven blade aperture. 

Specs: 

  • 4mm
  • F/2.8
  • MFT
  • Angle of View: 210°
  • 7 Elements in 6 Groups
  • 7 Aperture Blades
  • Min. Focusing Distance: 8cm
  • Max. Magnification: 1: 9
  • Manual Focus
  • Dimensions: 45.2 x 25.5mm
  • Weight: 135g
  • Mount: MFT

Pricing and availability for each of the lenses will be announced soon.      

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informative. much clarified. thank

October 17, 2018 at 3:20AM

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