Laowa takes on Hollywood with its first cine lenses – a 12mm superwide

Laowa 12mm t/2.9 Zero-D Cine
(Image credit: Venus Optics)

Innovative lens makers Venus Optics has been teasing us with upcoming cine lenses for a while now, but now the first is available for sale. The Laowa 12mm t/2.9 Zero-D Cine is an adaptation of its Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D – with modifications to the focusing and aperture rings that make it more suitable for use in a professional moviemaking environment.

Laowa claims that this lens provides imaging circle than a normal full-frame lens, which means it can be used on professional cinema cameras using Vista Vision sensors, such as the Red 8K Monstro.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.