Following the announcement of the Canon EOS C70 cinema camera, Venus Optics has added the Canon RF mount option to three of its new ultra-wide cinema lenses.
The new Laowa 9mm T2.9 Zero-D, 12mm T2.9 Zero-D and 15mm T2.1 Zero-D cine lenses. (Source: Venus Optics.)
The new RF variants include the Laowa 9mm T2.9 Zero-D, Laowa 15mm T2.1 Zero-D Cine Lens and Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D lenses, all of which use the same optical system as the equivalent lenses with other mounts. All three Laowa cine lenses feature an ultra-wide angle of view and fast aperture plus close-to-zero distortion. They are also very compact and light in weight. The 9mm T2.9 weighs 226 grams and features an approximate 113° field of view on Super35 sensors while the 540-gram 15mm T2.1 and 675-gram 12mm T2.9 cpver 110° and 122° fields of view, respectively, on cameras with full frame sensors. The fast maximum t-stop is well suited for filming under low light condition. It also allows filmmakers to have more flexibility in depth of field control. The addition of the RF mount makes these lenses available for use on the Red Komodo, Canon EOS R5 / R6 and the new Canon C70 cinema cameras.
All three Laowa cine lenses can focus extremely closely, with the minimum focus distances between 12 and 18 cm. The major difference between the new cinema version and the still version is the improved housing. The new cinema lens housings are made from premium grade aluminium and build for usage in extreme environments. Both the aperture and focus rings have been built with industry standard 0.8 mod pitch gears for pairing up with follow-focus motors. The aperture ring is now click-less for smooth iris control and each lens has a filter thread that accepts screw-in filters and mini matte-boxes. An authentic hard case made by Pelican will be included with each lens.
All three cine lenses are currently available to purchase via the Venus Optics official website and authorised resellers. The US price for 9mm T2.9 is $599 (ex-VAT), $1,199 (ex-VAT) for 15mm T2.1 and $1,499 (ex-VAT) for 12mm T2.9. Pricing varies in different countries.