Anhui China, Jan 9, 2020 – Venus Optics, the manufacturer who specializes in making wide angle and macro photo lenses under the brand name of Laowa, announce the Laowa 12mm t/2.9 Zero-D Cine lens. The new 12mm lens is currently the widest t/2.9 lens that can cover sensor up to both full frame & vista vision size (wider than full frame), making it one of the ideal wide angle option for both professional cinema cameras and mirrorless cameras.
Suitable for both Large format & Super35 cameras
While most cinema camera manufacturers are coming out with large format cameras, the industry is gradually transiting from the common super35 format into bigger format. Taking advantage of this, Venus Optics has re-engineered the optics of their 12mm photo lens and convert it into a filmmaking friendly version for cinematographers to experience a 122 degrees ultra-wide and distortion- free field of view. The 47mm image circle allows cinematographers to use not only on full frame sensors (Size = 43.14mm), but also able to fill the Vista Vision sensors on RED Monstro and the sensor on Arri Alexa LF (Size @ open-gate = 44.7mm) fully. The lens is also ideal for Super35-sized camera owners with the ultra-wide 17mm equivalent field of view and its future-proof decision when cinematographers need to upgrade to large format cameras. It is also a good companion with the compact cinema cameras like Sony a7, Blackmagic Pocket6k or Z-Cam.
Close-to-zero distortion (Zero-D)
The optical distortion of ultra-wide angle lens is usually a nightmare for DoP. The distortion rate of good wide angle lenses in the market ranges from 2-4%. Venus Optics, however, are able to compress the distortion to a close-to-zero level. In fact, the ‘Zero-D’ claim had been validated by many existing Laowa lenses owners from all around the world. It is proven to be extremely useful for shooting with architecture, indoor, real estate and even vlogging.
Compact & Lightweight
This 12mm lens is extremely compact and lightweight despite of the extreme specifications. It measures 3.4” (87mm) long and weighs less than 1.5 lb (675g). It can be easily fitted onto any sorts of stabilizations system including handheld gimbals.
The lens is composed of 16 elements in 10 groups with 2pcs of large aspherical glasses. The patented optical design provides an edge-to-edge sharpness and supports up to 8k resolution. Chromatic aberration is also controlled to the minimal.
Extreme Close Focus
Venus Optics have also managed to incorporate an extremely close focusing distance. The lens can focus anywhere from 7” away from sensor (<4” from front element) all the way to infinity. No diopter will be needed in this case. Wide angle lenses usually create a ‘flat’ image with very deep DOF but with this close focusing ability and a fast t-stop, Laowa 12mm is able to create some unique wide & shallow DOF look with pleasing bokeh.
Professional Cinema Housing
The lens is designed with standard 0.8 mod gears on both aperture and focusing rings for easy installation of follow-focus system. An extended 270° smooth focus throw is designed for accruate focus pulling. The entire enclosure of the lens is made up of aluminum alloy. A 114mm step-ring is included in the package to expand the front diameter to fit with industry sized matte box. Venus Optics have tested with a number of matte boxes in the market and it is still free of vignetting on VV sensor with the matte box installed.
Pelican hardcase, 114mm Step-up ring & shims
The lens comes with three different variants, PL, EF and E mount. The mount is not interchangeable.
Shims with different thickness is also included for users to do flange calibration. The complimentary watertight and crushproof Pelican hard case protects the lenses from damage during travel.
Format Compatibility: Full Frame / Vista Vision
Focal Length: 12mm
Angle of view: 122°
T-stop: t/2.9 – 22
Lens Structure: 16 elements in 10 group
Aperture Blades: 7
Min. Focusing Distance: (subject to sensor) 7.09” (18 cm)
Max. Magnification: 1:5
Outer Diameter: 102mm, Can step up to 114mm
Weight: 1.5lb (675g)
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I was extremely impressed with Irix lens construction when I met with their reps at Photo Plus Expo in New York this week. Irix cine lenses have extremely smooth focus that you’d expect on a cine prime lens priced considerably more. Irix lenses feature Swiss lens design, lens elements produced in Japan and assembly in South Korea.
All Irix cine prime lenses feature magnetic lens hood mount which will provide support for future accesories including a line-up of magnetic filters. Irix 150mm T3 Macro lens is just the first of the full cine line they have planned that includes the Irix 11mm T4.3 and 45mm T1.5 cine prime lenses
• Sony E-Mount
• Covers Full Frame Sensor
• Aperture Range: T3.0 to T32
• 95mm Front Diameter
Irix Cine 150mm T3.0 Macro 1:1 ($1,195 from Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama) is the first lens in a new line of full frame sensor cine lenses, ready for 8K UHD. Its complex optical design is based on the design used in the Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1. The lens features 12 optical elements in 9 groups, four of which are high refractive index (HR) glass, and three low-dispersion glass (ED). Because of these elements, this lens offers superb high resolution, nearly zero chromatic aberration and virtually no visible distortion. The optical system is equipped with an internal focusing system. The lens was designed to have as little breathing as possible.
Featuring a high precision focus mechanism for quiet and smooth rotation of the focus ring thanks to the new MST lens positioning system – created specially for the Irix Cine range. The Multi Start Thread mechanism, in combination with a sealed housing, ensures durable and long-term operation of the lens in various atmospheric conditions even in the most demanding situations. The rotation angle of the focus ring is increased to 270 degrees, which makes focusing easy and accurate at any range. The lens will be available with both metric and imperial markings.
Eleven iris blades with rounded edges create great bokeh and sharpness. The Irix Cine 150mm also significantly reduces the diffraction effect when filming at low aperture values. The de-clicked aperture ranges from T3.0 to T32. The aperture ring rotates 75 degrees.
Side edges of the focus gear-rings are shielded by a special ring, providing a larger area for better manual handling – while still compatible with follow-focus systems. Lens markings are laser engraved and treated with UV fluorescent paint, to improve the readability in low light conditions.
The Irix Cine 150 mm T3.0 Macro 1:1 has been designed as to withstand various weather conditions. The housing is equipped with several seals to create a barrier for dust and rain. The sealed construction ensures the safety of both the optical lens system and the camera sensor.
The exceptional functionality and innovative solutions are a distinctive feature of all Irix products. This lens has been equipped with an unique Magnetic Mount System for accessories. The MMS system allows quick and easy attachment of variety dedicated accessories. The first of the new MMS accessories is the detachable and reversible lens hood (included with a lens). More accessories coming soon.
Irix announced their latest full-frame cinema lens, available in Sony E, PL, EF and MFT mounts:
Irix Cine 45mm T1.5 (Pre-order for $1,195) is designed for ultra-low – 0,5% distortion with a circular 9-blade iris producing a pleasant background blur and a smooth adjustment of the T-stop from T1.5 to T22 with practically no focus breathing according to Irix.
Like the other Irix Cine lenses, it features a 95mm front filter thread along with another 86mm built-in filter thread and a reversible lens hood that’s attached via magnets designed to work with ‘future accessories.’
Irix Cine 45mm T1.5 — into the art of cinematography
Irix expands its offer of cinematographic lenses with the new full-frame 45mm T1.5
Irix, the manufacturer of high-class optics, expands its Cine line by introducing the new 45mm T1.5 lens. This new model is the third full frame cinematographic lens designed for shooting with Ultra HD 8K cinema cameras. The Irix 45mm T1.5 is based on a completely new optical design which includes four elements made of high refraction glass, one extra-low dispersion lens and one aspherical lens. 11 elements in 9 groups deliver crisp details, vibrant colors and an ultra-low – 0,5% distortion. The circular 9-blade iris ensures a pleasant background blur and a smooth adjustment of the T- number from 1.5 to 22. With practically no focus breathing, the Irix Cine 45mm T1.5 is the perfect lens for filming scenes with a natural character.
The 45mm T1.5 is the third lens in the Irix Cine line which stands for a perfect combination of advanced technology and modern design. A good example of the Irix smart design is the front housing element which has a diameter of 95mm and a built-in 86mm filter thread. It also provides a magnetic mount for the reversible lens hood and for future Irix Cine accessories.
This synergy is also visible in the shape of the geared rings which have been integrated into the lens housing. The convenience of operating by hand and full compatibility with follow focus systems was a priority in the external design of the lens. You can use any follow focus system you like and position it wherever you want to thanks to a special rotating adaptive ring design. The adaptive ring can be adjusted to any desired position and expose the geared ring to couple with follow focus systems.
The Irix Cine line has been carefully deliberated from the start. The focus and aperture rings of all the lenses are aligned at the same height and have the same rotation angle. With the exception of the Irix
150mm T3.0 Macro 1:1, where a longer 270 degrees focus throw is necessary, the rest of the Irix Cine range lenses have ring rotations of 180 degrees for the focus ring and 75 degrees for the aperture ring.
Ready to shoot in any weather conditions
A high-class cinematic lens must work in any atmospheric condition. No matter if you are shooting on burning sand in the Sahara Desert or on the frozen peaks of the Himalayas – the Irix 45mm T1.5 is prepared to not only face it, but also to capture the best image possible. Every time. Enjoy your lens’ reliable construction with rubber seals placed in all the crucial points to ensure protection against rain or dust. Now, you can film anytime, anywhere – and seize the wondrous power of nature.
Your comfort is important! Focus and aperture marks are laser engraved and filled with UV paint. This makes them visible, even in low-light environments.
Versatility and compact in size
Irix Cine lenses are some of the most compact and lightest film lenses covering the full frame format. The housing is made of a lightweight and impact-resistant aluminum-magnesium alloy which has been successfully used and tested in the Irix Blackstone still lenses. Thanks to the low weight (every Irix Cine lens weighs about 1.1 kilograms / 2.4 lbs), they can be used on smaller cameras on handheld rigs or stabilizers as well as on professional setups. In order to achieve greater comfort while working with follow focus systems, the Irix Cine lenses are equipped with a lens support foot. Depending on your needs, this support foot can be attached to the lower or upper part of the lens.
Key features of the Irix Cine 45mm T1.5 lens:
• Mid-range focal length with field of view 51,4°
• Suitable for shooting with Ultra HD 8K resolution cameras
• High-quality optical elements – 11 elements in 9 groups. HR, XLD, ASP produced in Japan
• High maximum transmittance value of T1.5 up to T22
• Standardized 0.8 Pitch Mod Cine Gears
• Very low distortion -0.5%
• Sealed construction prepared for all weather conditions
• Compatibility with standard follow-focus systems and lens control motors
• Front filter thread size 86 x 1.0 mm
• Standard 95mm front diameter for cine accessories
• Equipped with a support foot
• Irix Magnetic Mount System
• Focus scale available in metric or imperial units
• Laser engraved markings filled with UV paint
• Durable magnesium-aluminum alloy
• Weight 1.1 kilograms / 2.42lbs
The Irix Cine 45mm T1.5 lens will be available in the four most popular industry mounts: Sony E, Arri PL, Canon EF and MFT-mount
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