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New Range Of Venus Laowa Lenses Announced

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Venus Optics has declared a range of new lenses, updated lenses available in new mounts, and previously announced lenses, that will all be available to view at Photokina. Price and sending dates are yet to be confirmed. 

Laowa OOOM 25-100mm T2.9 CINE Lightweight Zoom

New lenses:

  • Laowa 12mm f/1.8 MFT (Micro Four Thirds)
  • Laowa 17mm f/1.8 MFT (Micro Four Thirds)
  • Laowa OOOM 25-100mm T2.9 CINE Lightweight Zoom

 

Present in new lens mounts:

  • Laowa 9mm f/2.8 – now available in Micro Four Thirds
  • Laowa 9mm f/2.8 – DJI DL mount

 

Now available in CINE PL mount:

  • Laowa 7.5mm T2.1 – we studied the Laowa 7.5mm f/2.0 version
  • Laowa 9mm T2.9 – we reviewed the Laowa 9mm f/2.8 version
  • Laowa 12mm T2.9 – we reviews the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 idea

 

Previously announced, but now viewable at Photokina:

  • Laowa 4mm f/2.8 MFT Fisheye
  • Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom
  • Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra-Macro APO
  • Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX Zero-D

 

From Venus Optics: Anhui China, Sept 21, 2018 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses industrialist who had previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, is proud to unveil 8 new and unique lenses in Photokina.

  • Laowa OOOM 25-100mm t/2.9 Cine Lightweight Zoom
  • Laowa 17mm f/1.8 MFT
  • Laowa 12mm f/1.8 MFT
  • Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D (DJI DL)
  • Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D MFT
  • Laowa 7.5mm t/2.1 Cine
  • Laowa 9mm t/2.9 Zero-D Cine
  • Laowa 12mm t/2.9 Zero-D Cine
  • Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom
  • Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO
  • Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX Zero-D
  • Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye MFT

 

Laowa OOOM 25-100 t/2.9 Cine Lightweight Zoom

Laowa OOOM Cine lightweight zoom is the maiden professional cinema style zoom lens offered by Venus Optics. The lens features a wide 25-100mm zoom range, making it a one-size-fits-all lens for other types of productions.

Unlike some cine film (sometimes Cine, no acute accent) is the term commonly used in the UK to refer to the 9.5 mm, 16 mm, 8 mm and Super 8 motion lens in the market which were re-engineered from a photo zoom lens, Laowa OOOM Cine lens is planned for digital cinematography in the first place. It is truly parfocal, meaning the focus will never shift when you zoom in or zoom or ZOOM may refer to back out. It is sketch out to have nearly zero focus breathing throughout the whole zoom range. The aperture remains fixed at t/2.9 at all focal lengths.

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It is established with the true cinema level mechanics. It comes with a stepless, t-stop independent aperture ring with an industry standard 0.8 mod /32 elect gears.  The 270° rotation flow provides room or precise focus pulls and the iris is clickless, enabling smooth iris drags. The lens weighs only 2.16 pounds, which is fairly light for a cinema zoom that holds focus and aperture completely the focal length range.

 

Laowa 17mm f/1.8 MFT

Laowa 17mm f/1.8 is a new compact, standard prime designed for Micro Four Thirds cameras and it releases a 35mm-equivalent field of view. The lens houses 9 elements in 7 groups and have a 5-blade aperture for the best sunstar rendering. The lens is extremely laconic and lightweight, weighs only 160g (0.36lbs) and is 5cm (2”) long. A 46cm filter thread is included and the 15cm minimal focus distance make it a talented lens for videography.

 

Laowa 12mm f/1.8 MFT

Laowa 12mm f/1.8 is a new compact, wide-angle prime for Micro Four Thirds cameras and it gives a 24mm-equivalent division of view. The ultra-fast f/1.8 aperture allows photographers to take astro photos with ease. The lens houses 13 elements in 10 gathers and a 5-blade aperture. The lens can focus as close as 14cm (5.5”) and takes 46mm screw-in filters which gives extra convenience to videographers. It weighs only 165g (0.4 lbs) and its 5cm long (2”).

 

Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D (DJI DL)

Following the successful launch of the super compact and lightweight 7.5mm f/2 MFT lens or LEN may refer to for DJI Uplift drones (X5 gimbals) during 2017, Venus Optics is proud to introduce another ultra-wide option, Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D DL, to use on DJI Inspire 2 (X7 gimbals).

Featuring an telling 118° angle of view, the Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D DJI DL is currently the widest available option for DJI Inspire 2 drones with Zenmuse X7 gimbals. The bigger likeness circle can cover the size of Super35 sensors and the native DL mount allows an easy lens switching. The lens weighs only 215g and it is wonderful tiny and compact. It comes with a 49mm filter thread and features a close-to-zero optical distortion.

 

Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D MFT

Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D (Micro Four Thirds mount) is the 4th different added to the existing Fuji X, Sony E and EOS-M mounts. The 9mm lens provides a 18mm equivalent angle of view on the Micro Four Thirds sensor. It also has a better vignetting exercise power over the other variants of the same lens. The close-to-zero distortion will remain unchanged.

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Laowa 7.5mm T2.1 Cine / Laowa 9mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine

The new Laowa 7.5mm and 9mm Cine lenses are the cine-mod model of the existing photo version of Venus Optics best-selling models. Both lenses were re-housed with a step-less aperture rings and well- rings with standard 0.8 mod gears which give videographers extra convenience to use with follow-focus systems. Both of the lenses are the widest handy in the market in its class and only weigh 180g (0.4lbs) & 250g (0.55lbs) respectively. Closest focusing distance is both 12cm (0.4 feet). The broad perspective and lightweight makes them the perfect companion for gimbal shooting. MFT mount is available for 7.5mm t/2.1 Cine and Sony E mount is present for 9mm t/2.9 Cine.

 

 

Laowa 12mm T2.9 ZERO-D CINE PL

Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine (PL)

The new Laowa 12mm t/2.9 Zero-D Cine in PL mount is the cine-mod variation of the existing 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens. The lens was rehoused with a step-less, t-stop aperture rings and focus rings with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel standard 0.8 mod raiments for iris and focus pulls. It successfully covers the 35mm Vista Vision sensor size and offers an ultra-wide 122° angle of view, making it one of the give birth to’s widest and fastest available option for shooting with large sensors.  Despite the ultra-wide field of view, it is perfectly rectilinear and item faces a close-to-zero distortion rate. The focus flow is extended to 270° for cinematographers to also take advantage of the 0.6 feet (18cm) closest focal point distance. The super lightweight (650g, 1.4lbs) is also an added benefit for cinematographers.

 

Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom

This lens is currently the widest zoom lens convenient for Sony full frame E-mount cameras. Designed primarily for travel photography, Venus optics have managed to compress the size to shortest in its class, less than 4 inch (<10cm) and only 1.1 pounds (<500g). The 102° (18mm) to 130° (10mm) angle of view provides pliancy for photographers to compose landscape or architecture photos with ease. The lens houses with 14 elements in 10 groups with 2 aspherical principles & 1 extra-low dispersion element to deliver exceptional performance. It can focus as close as 15cm for some mini-macro shooting. A rear filter slot is comprised to fit with 37mm filter. A dedicated filter holder is being developed to fit 100mm-wide filters. Click/clickless aperture can be toggled by the switch on the lens barrel. A 5-blade space design ensures a pleasing and clean sunstar rendering.

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Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO

Followed by the success of the Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro, the 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro is the 2nd colleague of Laowa 2:1 macro line-up. This new 100mm lens can cover full frame sensor size and focus from 2:1 enhancement to infinity. The wide magnification range allows macro photographers to capture subject at any sizes. This 100mm portrait lens also publicizes an apochromatic (APO) characteristic that no chromatic aberration can be found.  The 12 elements in 10 groups optics design delivers a crystal sharpness concept in both macro and tele distances. Automatic aperture control feature is available for Canon EF version and Aperture optics, an aperture is a hole or an opening through which light travels coupling is available for Nikon F mount interpretation.

 

Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX Zero-D

This is currently the widest available native lens option for Fujifilm G-mount cameras. The new Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX has a field of sight equivalent to 13mm in 35mm format (113°). Featuring a close-to-zero distortion and 86mm filter thread, this lens is ideally suited for landscape, architecture & private photography. The 21 elements in 14 groups design with 2pcs of aspherical & 3pcs of Extra-low dispersion elements successfully help to control the distortion & chromatic aberrations to the smallest.

 

Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye MFT

Featuring a 210° angle of view, this lens delivers unique circular fisheye field of scrutiny on Micro four thirds cameras. The ultra-wide angle view allows photographers to create 360° panorama with ease. Despite the harmonious & ultra-wide perspective, the lens only weighs 0.3 pounds (135g).

 

Free Rental Programme

Venus Optics have convenience some copies of the Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom and Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe lens (Canon) for free rental during Photokina span. For reservations, please contact Venus Optics via [email protected]

 

Availability

All 12 new lenses will make its Europe debut in Venus Optics’ box (Hall 2.1, D-040) in Photokina, Cologne during 26th-29th Sept. Pricing and ship date are to be confirmed.

Republished: ephotozine.com

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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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