Venus Optics launches their first super-fast lens from the Argus line – the Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO for APS-C mirrorless cameras.
Furthermore, the Argus line-up will consist of at least 4 primes, with the Laowa Argus 35mm f/0.95 being the first one out of the gate. Sporting a mega-fast f/0.95 aperture with APO design, the lens offers creatives a classic focal length for everyday shooting and the ability to shoot at night.
For those wondering, the ‘Argus’ name hails from Greek mythology and was apparently the name of a vigilant guardian with a hundred eyes and an “all-seeing” sight.
Argus – New Line-up of Ultra-Bright Prime Lenses for Sony E, Fuji X, Canon RF
In photographic terms, the name represents the crazy-fast f/0.95 maximum aperture of the Argus primes and their exceptional image quality.
In addition, Venus Optics claims their new lens delivers exception image quality at wide-open and suppresses the chromatic aberration to the minimal.
Moreover, the minimum focus distance is just 35mm (1.15 feet), and the ultra-fast aperture guarantees a smooth and “bokeh-licious” background.
And for filmmakers thinking of grabbing this lens, the manual focus combined with low focus breathing will come in handy.
LAOWA Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO Features
- Covers Super 35 and APS-C sensors
- Available lens mounts:
- Sony E / Fuji X
- Canon RF / Nikon Z
- Super-bright f/0.95 maximum aperture
- APO (Apochromatic Optical Design)
- 35cm closest focusing distance
- Manual focus, great for video use
- Exceptionally shallow depth of field (bokeh)
- Long focus throw / Internal focus
- Low focus breathing
- Step-less aperture ring
- Price: $499 USD
- Shipping: May 2021
Laowa Argus – Apochromatic Optical Design (APO)
According to the manufacturer, the new Argus 33mm f/0.95 has been designed to deliver impressive performance even when wide open.
The new lens features 1 x Extra-low Dispersion Glass, a single Aspherical Lens and three Ultra High Refraction Glass to suppress both lateral and longitudinal chromatic aberration (CA) to the minimal at all apertures in its class.
Furthermore, the first Argus lens also delivers exceptional sharpness from corner to corner.
Super-fast f/0.95 Aperture Design
Needless to say the ultra-fast f/0.95 aperture is quite the unique feature. It adds a fantastical atmosphere to your image that other lenses that can’t open that wide, simply can’t compare.
The shallow depth of field can be so extreme, and used to great effect when the goals is to isolate the subject for a photo or video project.
Night shooting and astrophotography is certainly a priority with this lens, and so is portraiture, and low light street photography.
The aperture design incorporates 9 circular aperture blades for an organic, smooth, round bokeh with no hard edges. And also, when you combine this feature with the 35cm close focusing distance, the new Argus 33mm APO allows you to create visually and aesthetically appealing images.
62mm front filter thread
The new Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO features a long focus throw of around 300 degrees, which is very suitable for filmmaking as it allows you to focus properly on your subject. In addition, the long focus travel allows photographers and video creators with more precise control over the shallow depth of field.
A 62mm filter thread is designed to fit with screw-in filters such as ND, Polarizers and others.
Internal Focus Design and De-Clicked Aperture
Another interesting and premier feature of the Argus 33mm f0.95 is the lens’ internal focus optics design. According to Laowa, this design has been adopted so that the lens will not extend in length during focusing. This brings additional stability and prevents dust from getting into the lens.
An internal focus design is also very useful for video production where add-on accessories like matte-box are often required.
In addition, Venus Optics has managed to keep the lens compact at just 3.26” or 83mm in length. Furthermore, the lens is quite light for its class – at just 590 g/1.3 lbs despite the internal focus design.
In the video department, creators will be happy to find out the Argus 33mm features a smooth (de-clicked) step-less aperture ring. This allows users get more control over exposure and address changes in a smooth manner.
Minimal Focus Breathing
According to Venus Optics, their engineers have done their best to compress the limited focus breathing of the new Argus lens to the minimum in its class.
All lenses breathe to a certain extent, and the lesser the effect the better for narrative filmmaking and video.
Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO Technical Specifications
- Sensor Coverage: APS-C/Super 35 sensors
- Focal Length: 33mm
- Max. Aperture: f/0.95
- Angle of View: 46.2 degrees
- Optics Design: Apochromatic (APO) elements
- Lens Structure: 14 elements in 9 groups
- Aperture Blades: 9
- Minimum Focusing Distance: 35 cm (1.1′)
- Focus Mode: Manual Focus
- Filter Thread: 62mm
- Dimensions: 71.5 x 83 mm (2.81 x 3.26″)
- Weight: 590g (20.81 oz)
- Lens Mounts: Fuji X / Sony FE / Nikon Z / Canon R
Pricing and Availability
According to the manufacturer the Fuji X and Sony E mount versions of the Argus 33mm f/0.95 will ship in the first weeks of May. They will be followed by the Nikon Z and Canon RF versions in the later part of May.
You can pre-order the new Laowa Argus 33mm f0.95 CF APO for $499 USD at Venus Optics’ website here.
via Venus Optics