Laowa releases two Argus lenses
Posted on Nov 3, 2022
Both are semi-wide angle with ultra-fast apertures, ideal for everyday use
Cover image © Lin Guan Chang
Laowa, manufactured by Venus Optics, has released two new Argus lenses: the 18mm f/0.95 MFT APO and 25mm f/0.95 APS-C APO. Both lenses are semi-wide with a 35mm equivalent focal length, making them ideal for everyday use in portrait, landscape, and street photography.
© Bo Zi | Panasonic DC-GX9 with Laowa Argus 18mm f/0.95 MFT APO lens. 1/1600 sec, ISO 200
© Jimmy Chan | with Laowa Argus 18mm f/0.95 MFT APO lens.
© Jimmy Cheng | OM-1 with Laowa Argus 18mm f/0.95 MFT APO lens. 1/60 sec, ISO 800
Both Argus lenses have ultra-fast apertures, with nine blades ranging between f/0.95 and 11, making them ideal for low-light environments. With shallow depths of field and close focusing distances of 20cm (18mm) and 34cm (25mm), they produce images with both pronounced bokeh and sharp contrast. The lenses also come with Apochromatic Optical (APO) Design, which counteracts aberration in both in- and out-of-focus areas.
The Laowa lenses are video-friendly, with features like low focus breathing to reduce distractions. The Aperture Ring Click Switch Mechanism also lets users adjust aperture mid-shooting. The 18mm is compatible with Micro Four-Thirds mounts, while the 25mm works with Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF and EF-M, and Fujifilm X mounts. Both also support accessories, such as polarisers, letting users customise their images without editing. Finally, both are light and compact, weighing below 600g and measuring less than 85mm in length.
© Dylan Goldby | Fujifilm X-T4 with Laowa Argus 25mm f/0.95 APS-C APO lens. 1/12800 sec at f/1, ISO 160
© Jayson Robertson | with Laowa Argus 25mm f/0.95 APS-C APO lens.
© Dylan Goldby | Fujifilm X-T4 with Laowa Argus 25mm f/0.95 APS-C APO lens. 1/2700 sec at f/1, ISO 160
The 18mm and 25mm lenses cost a modest $449 and $549, respectively (prices may vary within the UK). Both are available now via Venus Optics’ website.
Laowa Argus 18mm & 25mm f/0.95 APO lenses
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