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.

Source: Venus Optics