The king of ultra wides just stepped into the ring of cine-line lenses with a very bold claim. The Venus Optics Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine Lens is the newest lens to come out of Laowa. The “Zero-D” supposedly stands for zero-distortion, but at 12mm how is that even possible!? After playing around with the lens for a while, I can officially say, I’m blown away by this lens.
I think its important to start off by saying, in true Laowa fashion: This lens is also a first. The 12mm marks the creation of the cine-line by Laowa. Laowa has been pretty well regarded by everyone from enthusiasts to pros. It was really only a matter of time before Laowa joined the Cine-Lens battle too. Interestingly, Laowa has decided to start off with their widest lens (in their zero-d line anyway…). However knowing Laowa, I think it’s obvious that only amazing things are coming. We already know that they are soon releasing their much-anticipated OOOM 25-100 T2.9 Lens. The 12mm Zero-D is most likely a step in a really awesome direction for the company and filmmakers alike.
It’s always fun to look at the build quality of lenses by Laowa. You know building tough is one of their objectives. Literally, every lens I have touched by Laowa feels like a tank, and this lens is no different. With an all-aluminum housing, this lens feels very high quality. The only thing I would say kind of bummed me out a bit was the lens cap. It just needs a tiny bit more friction so that it stays on, it tends to fall pretty easily. Between how the lens build and the way the cap goes on, it has a tendency to fall.