Laowa launches Ranger series of sensibly-priced zoom lenses for cinema cameras

Laowa Ranger T2.9 series
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Laowa, the innovative lens manufacturer, is introducing the Ranger Compact Cine Zoom Series, specifically designed for the full-frame market. 

Comprising the FF Ranger 28-75mm T2.9 and FF Ranger 75-180mm T2.9, this two-lens set caters to the needs of both independent filmmakers and production houses. With exceptional features and providing great performance, these lenses empower filmmakers to create cinematic stories with ease.

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The Ranger lenses offer an impressive zoom range of over 6.4x, providing filmmakers with exceptional versatility. From wide-angle shots to close-ups, these lenses cover a wide spectrum effortlessly. Furthermore, weighing in at a mere 1.4kg/3.08lbs, they are incredibly lightweight, making them ideal for one-man-band filmmakers. 

The lightweight design also ensures that capturing breathtaking shots with exquisite detail is no longer a burden, but rather an effortless experience. One standout feature of the Ranger lenses is their parfocal design, which allows for consistent focus throughout the zoom range.

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Filmmakers can effortlessly transition from one focal length to another without worrying about losing focus. Moreover, the lenses exhibit minimal focus breathing, providing a smooth and seamless focus experience. 

Whether you're capturing action-packed scenes or intimate moments, the Ranger lenses ensure that your focus remains precise and consistent, enhancing the overall cinematic quality of your footage. The Ranger lenses offer an extremely close focus
distance of 0.49m/1'6" and 0.89m/2'9" respectively. This proximity allows filmmakers to capture captivating close-up shots, revealing intricate details and adding depth to their storytelling. 

Additionally, these lenses are crafted with professional cine housing, incorporating a built-in back focus adjustment system. This feature enhances on-site usability, providing a smooth and reliable shooting experience. With the Ranger cine zoom lenses, filmmakers can focus on their craft and capture stunning cinematic masterpieces without being hindered by technical limitations.

The Laowa Ranger Compact Cine Zoom Series is a game-changer for new filmmakers. With their versatility, lightweight design, precise focus transitions, captivating close-up capabilities, and compatibility with multiple camera systems, these lenses provide a user-friendly and powerful toolset for capturing breathtaking cinematic shots. 

Each lens is priced at $2,999 or you can have the two for a reasonable $5,799, but you should also keep an eye out for the upcoming FF 16-30mm T2.9 lens which would complete this set of lenses offering every focal length for every filmmaker to use throughout their career.

See our guide to the best cinema cameras, and our run-down on some of the best cinema lenses

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specialising in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound and many more for various advertising campaigns, books and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected in to BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in medium and large format photography with products by Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa and Sinar and has used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI and everything in between. His work covers the genres of Equestrian, Landscape, Abstract or Nature and combines nearly two decades of experience to offer exclusive limited-edition prints to the international stage from his film & digital photography.