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Venus Optics Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine Prime - E Mount

Abel Code: VEN-VE1229FEC
Mfr. Code: VE1229FEC
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This 12mm lens features near-zero distortion, a fast T2.9 maximum aperture, Full Frame & VistaVision coverage, close focus at 7" (from sensor), 0.8 mod focus & iris rings, and includes a 114mm step-ring, calibration shims, and a Pelican case.
Key Highlights
  • 12mm T2.9 Ultra Wide Prime
  • Full Frame / VistaVision Coverage
  • Sony E (FE) Mount
Note: Product images are placeholder art only, and may not be representative of actual product scale (lens mount).


The Venus Optics Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine Prime is currently the widest T2.9 maximum aperture lens that can cover both Full Frame and VistaVision sensors, making it an ideal wide angle option for both professional cinema cameras and mirrorless cameras.

"Future Proof" Solution

A large image circle enables cinematographers to pair this lens with Full Frame sensors (Size = 43.14mm), the wider Vista Vision sensors on cameras like RED MONSTRO and the ARRI ALEXA LF (Size @ open-gate = 44.7mm), and Super35 cameras (with an ultra-wide 18mm equivalent field of view).

Compact, Lightweight Design

This Laowa 12mm is extremely compact and lightweight, measuring 3.4" (87mm) in length and weighing less than 1.5 lb (675 g). It can be easily paired with many stabilization systems, including handheld gimbals. The entire enclosure of the lens is constructed from aluminum alloy, featuring standard 0.8 mod gears on both iris and focus rings for easy installation of your follow-focus system.

Near-Zero Distortion

Venus Optics has compressed optical distortion to a close-to-zero level, avoiding the typical 2-4% distortion rate of ultra-wide angle lenses. The "Zero-D" claim has been validated by many Laowa lens owners from all around the world.

Exceptional Close Focus

The lens is able to focus from 7" to sensor (<4" from front element) all the way to infinity. No diopter will be needed in this case. Wide angle lenses usually create a "flat" image with very deep depth of field, but with such close focusing ability and a fast maximum aperture, the Laowa 12mm is able to create a truly unique wide & shallow DOF look with aesthetically pleasing bokeh. An extended 270° smooth focus throw is designed for accurate focus pulling.
Mattebox Compatible
A 114mm step-ring is included with the lens to expand the front outer diameter for use with most industry-standard matteboxes. Venus Optics has tested the lens with a number of matteboxes on the market, finding it free of vignetting on a VV sensor with mattebox installed.
Mount Variants
The lens is available in three different (non-interchangeable) mount variants: PL (included), EF, and E-Mount (sold separately). Shims with different thicknesses are also included for flange calibration.
Hard Case Included
A complimentary watertight and crush-proof Pelican hard case protects the lens from damage during transport.
  • Full Frame / Vista Vision coverage
    • Ideal for Large Format Cinema Cameras (RED MONSTRO, ARRI ALEXA LF, Sony VENICE, et al.)
  • 18mm Ultra Wide equivalent for S35 cameras (BMPCC 6K, RED GEMINI, Z-Cam S6, et al.)
  • 122° field of view
  • Very close focus (7" from subject to sensor)
  • Extremely compact design
  • Near zero distortion
  • Step-up to 114mm for mattebox installation
  • EF or PL mount also available (sold separately)

What's in the Box

  • Pelican Case
  • 114mm Step-Ring
  • Rear Cap
  • Front Cap
  • Venus Optics Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero-D Cine Prime - E Mount
  • Calibration Shim Set


Key Highlights

  • 12mm T2.9 Ultra Wide Prime
  • Full Frame / VistaVision Coverage
  • Sony E (FE) Mount
  • Near-zero distortion
  • 7" close focus
  • 114mm step-ring included
  • Pelican case included

Bags & Cases / Covers

Bag & Case Inserts:
Product-Specific Insert(s)
Bag Shape:
Lens Case (Single)
Bag Physical Type:
Hard Case

Lens Characteristics

Maximum Aperture:
Lens Mount:
Lens Options:
Full Frame - VistaVision coverage
Blade Count:
Shim Details:
Shim Kit - Included
Fixed Focal Length:
12mm - NOTE: 18mm Ultra Wide equivalent for S35 cameras (BMPCC 6K, RED GEMINI, Z-Cam S6, et al.)
Front Diameter:
102mm - 114mm step-ring included
Max Dimensions (Diameter x Length):
4.01" x 3.22" - 102mm x 87mm
Elements & Groups:
16 elements in 10 groups
Rotation Angle of Focusing Ring:
Aperture Range:
T2.9 to T22
Minimum Focus Distance:
7" - 18cm
Max Angle of View:
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