The $1499 Laowa 12mm T/2.9 Zero-D Lens Is Now Shipping

Venus Optics announces the world’s widest t/2.9 cinema lens, which covers Vista Vision, is now shipping for $1499.

Back in April, Venus Optics showcased some impressive new glass at NAB 2019, including the Laowa 12mm t/2.9 Zero-D, a lens that isn't just fast and wide but also covers full-frame and beyond, including RED's 8K VistaVision sensor size (8192 x 4320).

Why is that a big deal? Well, given the fact that Venus Optics is known for making affordable yet pro-quality lenses, this means that filmmakers now have an inexpensive option when choosing lenses for projects shot on full-frame sensors, as well as the larger VistaVision sensor. We're talking the Blackmagic Pocket 6K, Z-Cam, Sony A7, Venice, and CineAlta, Kinefinity Mavo LF, and the RED Dragon and Monstruo 8K VV.

Tech Specs

The Laowa 12mm t/2.9 features close to zero distortion, 122-degree angle of view, EF, PL, and E mounts, as well as a super portable and compact design.

  • Focal Length: 12mm
  • Stop Range: t/2.9 – 22
  • Angle of View: 122°
  • Format Compatibility: Full frame, VistaVision
  • Lens Structure: 16 elements in 10 groups
  • Aperture Blades: 7
  • Min. Shooting Distance: 18 cm
  • Front Diameter: 102mm, works with 114mm adaptor ring & Matte box
  • Filter Thread: No filter (Matte box is required)
  • Length: 87mm
  • Weight: 675g
  • Mounts: PL / EF / E

Here's some gorgeous test footage so you can get an idea of what the Laowa 12mm t/2.9 Zero-D can do:

Pricing and Availability

The Laowa 12mm t/2.9 Zero-D is available now for $1499 US. 

Head on over to Venus Optics to learn more.     

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Nothing like an 8K lens test with smudges all over the lens lol. Look at the bottom left of the screen, there's two big dots, super noticeable when the cam pans down towards the end.

January 13, 2020 at 9:59PM

Kaster Troy
Director, DP, Editor

Good catch!

January 14, 2020 at 2:24AM


Looks like sensor dust, actually. Not that that's good, but at least they cleaned their lens.

January 14, 2020 at 6:01AM