Laowa, the company behind other inspired unique lenses such as the 24mm Probe lens and the 12mm Zero-Distortion prime lens, have announced three new additions to their cine line: a 7.5mm, 9mm, and 15mm.
The new lenses are as follows: 15mm T2.1 Zero-D Cine, 9mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine, and 7.5mm T2.1 Cine. If these focal lengths seem familiar, that’s because they’re not entirely new. Laowa originally utilized these optical designs in the photography line of lenses. They’ve been revised integrated focus and iris gears as well as calibrated T-stop engravings for more delicate exposure situations. The variety of formats and mount options may seem a little confusing, but each of these lenses serves a specific purpose. Each lens provides approximately a 110° Angle of View (diagonal) for its respective format. For example, the 7.5mm on a Micro 4/3 format sensor produces a 111° Angle of View. The 9mm produces a 112° Angle of View on Super 35 format cameras (approximate). And the 15mm provides a fantastic 111° Angle of View on FF format sensors.
|Format||Micro 4/3||APS-C, Super35||Full Frame|
|Mount(s)||Micro 4/3||Sony E, Fuji-X, Micro 4/3||Sony E|
|Front Diameter||52mm (49mm threads)||58mm (55mm threads)||80mm (77mm threads)|
|Weight||0.37 lbs||0.54 lbs||1.19 lbs|
By using high quality aspherical glass from Japan, these ultra-wide angle lenses have nearly no distortion; hence, “Zero-D Cine.” Their lightweight, compact build makes them an optimal fit for gimbal work, drones, steadicam, and the like. Each lens has industry standard 0.8 module focus and iris gears.
Laowa takes their lenses one step further by including a quality Pelican case with each purchase, tailored for its specific focal length.