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Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF: Ultra fast aperture lens

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Venus Optics announced super-aperture lens manual Laowa Argus 33mm f / 0.95 CF APO with a classic focal length of 33 mm for APS-C-cameras with bayonets Fuji X / Sony FE / Nikon Z / Canon R.

The company named its lens “Argus” in the honor of a giant with a hundred eyes and an all-seeing eye from Greek mythology, which symbolizes the ultra-wide aperture of f / 0.95. Versions for Fuji X and Sony FE should go on sale in May 2021 for $ 500.

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Manual lens Laowa Argus 33mm f / 0.95 CF APO

A lens with such a wide aperture and a classic focal length of 33 mm is suitable for both everyday photography and portraits, it will be especially useful in low light conditions, it is also suitable for astrophotography. Even at its widest aperture, it delivers excellent image quality and minimal distortion, the company says. A minimum focusing distance of 35mm will bring the main subject to the fore and gracefully blur the background. The lens will appeal to both photographers and videographers.

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Laowa Argus 33mm f / 0.95 CF APO

The lens design consists of 14 elements in 9 groups and includes one extra-low dispersion lens, one aspherical lens and three ultra-high refractive index to effectively suppress both lateral and longitudinal chromatic aberration at all apertures. The company promises excellent sharpness from the center to the edges.

The ultra-wide f / 0.95 aperture will of course add a unique atmosphere to portraits that would be difficult to capture with other lenses. 9 rounded aperture blades provide smooth, rounded bokeh without sharp edges. Venus Optics promises minimal focus breathing and an internal focusing design so the lens won’t extend during operation, which videographers will appreciate. In addition, for video, the aperture ring can be useful, which allows you to smoothly and without clicks to adjust the exposure.

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Laowa Argus 33mm f / 0.95 CF APO

The lens has a 300 ° focusing ring travel to help the operator fine-tune the focus for better subject rendering. The thread diameter for screw-in filters is 62 mm.

Interestingly, all Canon R cameras today are full-frame, and when shooting with this lens, you will have to use the APS-C mode. Perhaps Venus Optics is also looking forward to using these optics in Super-35 RF mount camcorders such as the RED Komodo and Canon C70, or the company is hoping for RF crop cameras in the future.

Specifications Laowa Argus 33mm f / 0.95 CF APO

  • Mounts: Fuji X / Sony FE / Nikon Z / Canon R
  • Format: APS-C
  • Focal length: 33mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f / 0.95
  • Minimum Aperture: F / 11
  • Angle of view: 46.2 °
  • Optical design: 14 elements in 9 groups
  • Aperture blades: 9
  • Minimum focusing distance: 35cm
  • Focus: manual focus
  • Filter diameter: 62 mm
  • Dimensions: 71.5 x 83 mm
  • Weight: 590g


Optical design

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MTF Chart

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