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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 chow chow coque iphone 6 coque7iphone22206 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. collier ras de cou infinity collierpascher9138 Interestingly, Laowa has decided to start off with their widest lens (in their zero d line anyway However knowing Laowa, I think it obvious that only amazing things are coming. bracelet argent bois 723braceletpascher2791 We already know that they are soon releasing their much anticipated OOOM 25 100 T2.9 Lens. You coque iphone 7 oreille de mickey 628antenpascher2151 know building tough is nujabes coque iphone 6 coqueiphone140832 one of their objectives. Literally, every grow with the flow coque samsung s10 sushicube3567 lens I have touched by Laowa feels like a tank, and this lens is no coque iphone 6 good pretty coque7iphone21490 different. With an all land of the sleeping giant coque samsung s10 antens102029543 aluminum housing, this lens feels very high quality. The only thing harley davidson logo z3250 iphone 11 pro coque goldufoa8272 I would say eeyore disney z0521 iphone xs max coque goldufoa6606 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.
It did kind of surprise me, clear gold flake coque iphone 6 coque7iphone17781 though, that the lens is so short. I guess its entirely possible to make cine lenses this short. The Zeiss CP.3 set is basically the same size (at a very different price point). I really hope that the direction they coque ringke iphone xr going for if they continue to add primes to their set. It also relatively light, which I guess is a good thing. Needless to say, this cine lens obviously comes with all the things we expect on cine lenses. A 270 degree focus throw, and de clicked aperture with industry standard gears.
When talking about the build quality, we can ignore the fact that this freaking 12mm lens has no protruding element. I the kind of monster who doesn use UV filters on his lenses. mode boheme vintage bijoux bleu resine cristal soleil fleur fleur anneau pour les femmes a la main anneaux de mariage accessoires But even I get a little nervous with my Samyang 14mm, or with Laowa 9mm Dreamer that we reviewed recently. The 12mm was designed with no protruding element and this is because they took cinematographers in to account when designing this lens. The downside is that there is no filter thread. So how do you mount a filter on this bad boy (and I missed this bit in the video, sorry about that!) In the box, you get an adaptor that converts the front thread into an industry standard 114mm. That really the next best thing.
In the box Literally
In addition to the beautiful lens, inside the box, you get another box. Well, a pelican rather. Like really, a real waterproof/crushproof Pelican Case. 4 couleurs a la main frange gland pendaison extra longues boucles doreilles mode declaration bijoux cristal boheme boucles doreilles bijoux Complete with pre cut EVA foam designed specifically for the lens. I think this is such a generous touch for the lens. It really does make you feel like you getting your money worth. Inside the case you have:
Shims these are used to help with adjusting flange distance on your camera.
114mm Adapter This ring simply wraps around the front ring of the lens and then it fits snuggly into your matte box. This is a really nice touch.
The lens is an absolute delight to shoot with. It really feels weird though, and not for the reason you would think. The weirdness of the lens actually comes from how normal it looks. When you shoot this wide, we pretty much use to solo a star wars story z7090 iphone 6 6s coque goldufoa14604 seeing distortion. This lens just doesn have it. Sometimes you can shoot a frame that really just feels like a 24mm or a 35mm. Without context, it really hard to tell sometimes. The closer you get to things, however, the weirder they get, but I personally love it. You get a really nice effect of things feeling huge when they come close to the lens. This could be great for some really creative cinematic angles. It obviously not a lens for every situation. Its probably easier to get a lens to be 12mm wide, than it is to get a lens to be GOOD at 12mm. The 12mm Zero D blew coque iphone 6 radley coqueiphone144513 me away. The two Achilles heels of any wide angles lens are sharpness and vignette. In terms of sharpness, wider lenses tend to look sharper. The Laowa 12mm crash bandicoot z4310 coque iphone 6 plus 6s plus 1coques6plusiphone11902 really hits a home run on sharpness hugs and kisses mickey minnie mouse z1557 iphone x xs coque goldufoa8938 being almost at peak sharpness from T2.9. Stopping down is obviously better, but without zooming, its kind of hard to tell.
But the vignette on this lens deserves the real trophy. Wide lenses have tons of vignette. Heck, even regular non ultra wide super standard lenses have noticeable vignette. collier or jaune saphir While lionel messi logo x4220 coque iphone 6 plus 6s plus 1coques6plusiphone6868 the lens does have some vignetting at t2.9 (albeit a VERY reasonable amount). You really only need to stop down to about T4 till its almost entirely gone.
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In terms of color, it has this beautiful vibrant micro contrast. The punch you get from the lens is really something similar to what I would expect from a Milvus series lens. collier diamant chien collierpascher806 It has a lot of character and is definitely a great look for a lens set. The bokeh is also very pleasing in the stich w8874 coque iphone 6 plus 6s plus 1coques6plusiphone9382 center at least. I can speak for everyone, I personally think the bokeh stretches on the edges of the frame are actually super wonky and extremely unique. When I shoot, I love my shots to be unique and I think this is a great look.
Now, we need to address something. The flare It not that I don like the flare. In coque iphone 6 loev champagne gold coqueiphone135156 optimal situations, the flare is so pretty. It colorful with a nice round shape and you see a few elements in it. The problem is that at 12mm. The chances that you pointing away from light are very low. Ghosting and unwanted flares are very easy to come byfor better or worst. This is why I think that including a way to adapt a matte box in the box is so important. If you look around, there really aren too many options in this field. Sure there are lenses that are close to this focal length, but none this wide. Lets put it like this: Say were comparing it to a 14mm (an all around pretty standard wide angle), 2mm wider might not sound like such a difference. But 2mm of 12mm is about 15% wider than a 14mm. The Venus Optics Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero D Cine Lens runs for just under $1499. The only lens comparable in new england patriots coque iphone 6 amazon coqueiphone134477 its performance that covers a full frame sensor is the Arri UltraPrime. From the extremely unique look you get, the creativity it inspires, or even the price. collier femme or goutte collierpascher1617 The Venus Optics Laowa 12mm T2.9 Zero D Cine Lens is a beautiful lens that has a place in every filmmaker kit. From strawberry fields coque samsung s10 sushicube4251 architectural to landscapes, to cinematic angles this lens has the potential to upgrade any setting. At just $1500 it drives a hard bargain being the only lens in its class and price point. The lens is available for purchase right now.
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About Adam FrimerAdam Frimer is a Guinness World Record holder, producer, and DoP based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Adam owns a production company that specializes in corporate marketing and brand strategy.