At IBC 2023 in Amsterdam, Laowa was showing a special edition of their Ranger Zoom Lens Series that they are calling Ranger Lite.
As the name suggests, Ranger Lite is more lightweight than the current Ranger lenses because they are made with magnalium, a material that is known for its great strength. Magnalium is used heavily in aircraft and automobile parts. Laowa doesn’t list or say just how much lighter the Ranger Lite lenses are compared to the existing Ranger zooms.
The Ranger Lite lenses are only around 10% lighter, but every gram saved can help when you are using lenses on drones or gimbals.
The housing of the new Ranger lenses is in a modern space grey, which according to Laowa, makes them more appealing when paired with cine cameras.
I reviewed the Laowa Ranger zooms recently on the site and you can see that review here.
The Ranger Lite lenses are expected to be available in Nov 2023, although there is no current information on pricing.