Venus Optics has announced pricing and availability of its Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine lens.

The lens, which Venus Optics claims is ‘the world’s widest T2.9 cinema lens covering Vista Vision/Full frame sensors,’ is a re-engineered version of its 12mm F2.8 Zero-D photo lens. It’s constructed of 16 elements in 10 groups, features two aspherical elements and has a minimum focusing distance of just 18cm (7in) from the sensor.

As the ‘Zero-D’ nomenclature in its name suggests, the Laowa 12mm T2.9 lens features ‘close-to-zero’ distortion. It offers up a 47mm image circle, which is large enough to support both full-frame sensors and the larger Vista Vision sensors found on RED Monstro and Arri Alexa LF cameras. It also works as a 17mm equivalent lens on Super35 sensors.

Both the aperture and focus rings use standard 0.8 mod gears for easy operability with follow focus systems. The focus ring has a 270-degree throw for smooth and precise adjustments. The lens, which is constructed of an aluminum alloy, measures in at 87mm (3.4in) long and weighs just 675g (1.5lbs).

The Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine lens is currently available to order in PL, EF and E mount on Venus Optics’ online shop for $1,500. In addition to a custom Pelican case, the lens comes with a 114mm step-up ring for attaching matte boxes and other accessories, as well as shims for flange calibration. Pricing will vary in different regions around the world, according to Venus Optics.

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