One of the biggest strengths of this lens is its super close focus ability - it can focus from 18cm from sensor, around 10cm from front element to the subject, making it extremely adaptable for creative cinematography.
Perfect Ultra wide angle for large format cameras, The Laowa 12mm t/2.9 has no direct competitors with this lens, being so compact, light, fast, and with close to ZERO distortion. Also great for the Professional Cine market, Super 35 sensor (smaller, similar size as APS-C) the ultra wide angle still gives a very wide view, with the all the other benefits of the lens, and being Full Frame ready.
As the Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D CINE is so compact in its class, it is also great for use with gimbals and stabilisers. For Youtube Video, Corporate jobs, travel Vlog, etcOR people aspiring to below professional filmmakers will all love this lens.
Most Ultra Wide Angle lenses suffer from an optical distortion rate from 2-5% which causes straight lines to bend. LAOWA Zero-D lenses extremely well corrected, they achieve a close-to-zero distortion rate that is truly amazing for such an ultra wide lens. The distortion rate is measured from shooting objects at infinity focus. The distortion rate may vary for shorter camera to object distances.
Currently the fastest full-frame, non-fisheye 12mm lens in the market, the LAOWA 12mm f/2.8 Lens covers an ultra-wide 122° angle of view, allowing creating outstanding landscape or architectural shot not possible with other lenses. It also performs very well in panning, or panoramic photo and video applications. The optical design features a 16 lens elements in 10 groups with 3 Extra-Low Dispersion glass elements and 2 Aspherical Elements. This patented optical design delivers a high resolution from corners to corners, even in wide open (T2.9 / f/2.8). Chromatic Aberration is also well controlled.
A 114mm Step-up ring included (so that standard 114mm matte boxes can be used) is supplied with this CINE version.
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