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From Schneider Kreuznach:
B+W Filter introduces new T-Pro filter range
The filters in the new T-Pro range from B+W are designed with a thinner profile in response to the trend towards ever-compacter camera equipment. The filters are suitable for all focal lengths, including wide-angle and telephoto. The titanium-colored finish gives the T-Pro filters a unique appearance. They are manufactured to the highest standards with minimal tolerances. Brass is used as the base material for the filter ring for high stability and a long service life.
T-Pro filters have a precision glass contact surface; the filter is bonded flat, without any tension, using state-of-the-art adhesive technology. The special functional coating has good sliding properties to make it easier to screw the filter on and off.
The T-Pro filter range starts with the high transmission protection filters 007 Clear and 010 UV Haze.
Both are excellently suited to providing mechanical protection and helping prevent any damage to the expensive front lens.
The filters also protect the lens against dust, sand, water, fingerprints and scratches.
The UV Haze filter additionally reduces unwanted UV effects and tones down the associated blue haze.
T-Pro filters have an exclusive, premium MRC nano coating, B+W’s highest quality broadband coating. This is applied on both sides to enhance the optical imaging properties.
As a result, the filters achieve uniform, increased transmission properties across the light spectrum with only a physical minimum of residual reflection (Ø 0.5%).
With all-around nano protection on the glass, the filter has a long service life.
T-Pro filters have high scratch resistance for good durability, and effective dirt-, water, and oil-repellant properties for simple and fast cleaning.
The T-Pro Filter line will be available as of January 15th 2020.
The list price starts at 64,90 Euro.
is taking preorders for the
B+W T-PRO Filters
From Venus Optics:
Anhui China, Jan 9, 2020
– Venus Optics, the manufacturer who specializes in making wide angle and macro photo lenses under the brand name of Laowa, announce the Laowa 12mm t/2.9 Zero-D Cine lens.
The new 12mm lens is currently the widest t/2.9 lens that can cover sensor up to both full frame & vista vision size (wider than full frame), making it one of the ideal wide angle option for both professional cinema cameras and mirrorless cameras.
Suitable for both Large format & Super35 cameras
While most cinema camera manufacturers are coming out with large format cameras, the industry is gradually transiting from the common super35 format into bigger format.
Taking advantage of this, Venus Optics has re-engineered the optics of their 12mm photo lens and convert it into a filmmaking friendly version for cinematographers to experience a 122 degrees ultra-wide and distortion- free field of view.
The 47mm image circle allows cinematographers to use not only on full frame sensors (Size = 43.14mm), but also able to fill the Vista Vision sensors on RED Monstro and the sensor on Arri Alexa LF (Size @ open-gate = 44.7mm) fully.
The lens is also ideal for Super35-sized camera owners with the ultra-wide 17mm equivalent field of view and its future-proof decision when cinematographers need to upgrade to large format cameras.
It is also a good companion with the compact cinema cameras like Blackmagic Pocket6k, Z-Cam or Sony A7.
Close-to-zero distortion (Zero-D)
The optical distortion of ultra-wide angle lens is usually a nightmare for DoP.
The distortion rate of good wide angle lenses in the market ranges from 2-4%.
Venus Optics, however, are able to compress the distortion to a close-to-zero level.
In fact, the ‘Zero-D’ claim had been validated by many existing Laowa lenses owners from all around the world.
It is proven to be extremely useful for shooting with architecture, indoor, real estate and even vlogging.
Super compact & lightweight
This 12mm lens is extremely compact and lightweight despite of the extreme specifications.
It measures 3.4” (87mm) long and weighs less than 1.5 lb (675g).
It can be easily fitted onto any sorts of stabilizations system including handheld gimbals.
The lens is composed of 16 elements in 10 groups with 2pcs of large aspherical glasses. The
patented optical design provides an edge-to-edge sharpness and supports up to 8k resolution.
Chromatic aberration is also controlled to the minimal.
Focus super close
Venus Optics have also managed to incorporate an extremely close focusing distance.
The lens can focus anywhere from 7” away from 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 DOF but with this close focusing ability and a fast t-stop, Laowa 12mm is able to create some unique wide & shallow DOF look with pleasing bokeh.
Robust and professional cinema housing
The lens is designed with standard 0.8 mod gears on both aperture and focusing rings for easy installation of follow-focus system.
An extended 270° smooth focus throw is designed for accruate focus pulling.
The entire enclosure of the lens is made up of aluminum alloy.
A 114mm step-ring is included in the package to expand the front diameter to fit with industry sized matte box.
Venus Optics have tested with a number of matte boxes in the market and it is still free of vignetting on VV sensor with the matte box installed.
Complete package and 3 different bayonets to choose
The lens comes with three different variants, PL, EF and E mount.
The mount is not interchangeable.
Shims with different thickness is also included for users to do flange calibration.
The complimentary watertight and crushproof Pelican hard case protects the the lenses from damage during travel.
|Format Compatibility||Full Frame / Vista Vision|
|Focal Length|| 12mm|
|Angle of view||122°|
|t-stop||t/2.9 - 22|
|Lens Structure||16 elements in 10 group|
|Min. Focusing Distance||(from subject to sensor) 7.09” (18 cm)|
|Outer Diameter||102mm, Can step up to 114mm|
has the Laowa 12mm t/2.9 Zero-D Cine Lens
available for preorder.