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Venus Optics announces the Laowa Argus 45mm f/0.95 FF for the RF mount

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Press Release: Venus Optics, the manufacturer that specializes in making unique camera lenses, is proud to introduce a new Full-Frame member for the Argus series – Laowa Argus 45mm f/0.95 FF. This exceptional standard lens offers a field of view that is more appealing & natural to human eyes. With the super shallow depth of field at f/0.95, it easily creates a dreamy and romantic rendering. The lens consisting of 1 Aspherical Lens,1 ED glass, and 3 UHR glass offers remarkable sharpness while wide-open. It gets your subject to stand out from the background of creamy bokeh. Truly turns an ordinary image into an extraordinary one. Photographers can also benefit from the flexibility for shooting in low-light situations.

Laowa Argus 45mm f/0.95 FF Key Features:

  1. Maximum aperture f/0.95
  2. Close to Human Eyes Perspective
  3. Outstanding Optical Performance at f/0.95
  4. Aperture Ring Click Switch Mechanism
  5. Internal Focusing
  6. Low Focus Breathing

Maximum aperture f/0.95

As the second full-frame member of the Argus f/0.95 series, this 45mm offers an astonishing shallow depth of field which easily creates inspiring images. The ultra-large f/0.95 aperture is more than an artistic tool for rendering dreamy bokeh, photographers now can create crystal-clear images in difficult lighting situations with much lower ISO.

Close to Human Eye Perspective

Laowa Argus 45mm f/0.95 FF is a quality standard lens with a 51.3° angle of view. It offers a field of view that is more appealing to human eyes and extremely versatile to different applications. A perfect focal length for both amateur and professional photographers.

Outstanding Optical Performance at f/0.95

Laowa Argus 45mm f/0.95 FF employed 1 Aspherical Lens,1 ED glass and 3 UHR glass to achieve high optical performance. The lens delivers incredible sharpness and high-contrast images even when wide open while obtaining accurate colour and minimal distortion.

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Creamy, Dreamy, Exquisite – An artistic touch on a modern optical design

45mm focal length, f/0.95, 15 smooth aperture blades and a combination of modern optics. The lens makes a perfect balance between the technical aspect and the artistic rendering. The

smooth & intoxicate bokeh brings your image an appealing touch. The clean isolation of the subject from the background is also extremely impactful when used for portraits.

Aperture Ring Click Switch Mechanism

Switch for videographers to de-click the aperture ring. This could prevent the click sound to be recorded and a noticeable change in brightness when changing the aperture setting.

Internal Focusing

Internal focusing is designed to maximize the optical performance from minimum focusing distance to infinity focus. Also, the design prevents dust from getting into the lens easily. It also works better with accessories such as polarizers.

Low Focus Breathing

The internal focusing design also reduces focus breathing. It eliminates the distraction of the changes in the angle of view when moving the focus from one object to another. Together with the accurate 300° focus thread makes it become the ideal lens for videography.

Pricing & Availability

Laowa Argus 45mm f/0.95 FF is currently available to purchase via Venus Optics official website (http://www.venuslens.net/) and authorized resellers.

The US price for Laowa Argus 45mm f/0.95 FF is $799. Pricing varies in different countries.

Specifications

Laowa Argus 45m f/0.95 FF
Focal Length 45mm
Aperture f/0.95 – 16
Angle of View 51.3°
Format Compatibility Full Frame
Lens Structure 13 elements in 9 groups

(Aspherical Lens*1, ED glass*1, UHR glass*3)

Aperture Blades 15
Min. Focusing Distance 50cm (19.7”)
Dimensions About 76.8mm*110mm ( 3.02 x 4.3 ”)
Filter Thread 72mm
Max. Magnification 0.12X
Focus Manual Focus
Weight About 835g/ 1.84lb

(Without lens hood & both front cap and back cap)

Mounts Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon R

Jethro

EOS R
CR Pro
Jul 14, 2018
612
528
If you can live with the fully manual aspects, Venus make really good quality and well priced lenses, with specs that others don't offer. This one isn't for me, but again looks really interesting.
 
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tiggy@mac.com

R5
CR Pro
Jan 20, 2014
735
647
Thetford, VT
www.camnostic.com
I would like this or the 35mm, I'd never spend the $4000+ for a Canon L version with AF.... that will never happen anyway.
Agree. Except, if Canon made a 35 f/1.2 or f/1, I'd probably contort myself into a rationalization for purchasing sometime in future. Benefit of kids going to college is overrated.

Since going mirrorless, the manual focus is much less of a liability. Focus peaking makes this pretty functional, although I have to say I haven't tried this with a lens with quite that big an aperture.
 

mariosk1gr

EOS M6 Mark II
Jan 4, 2019
93
68
Greece
If only could support AF then it would be a no brainer lens even with a 300$+ price for the af mechanism...! Damn it I feel everytime there is that little missing piece that holds back from perfection...
 

Sharlin

EOS R
CR Pro
Dec 26, 2015
1,375
1,315
Turku, Finland
They make a 33mm f/0.95 for crop cameras, as well as a 35mm f/0.95 for FF.

Yeah. But this could be a nice short portrait FL on crop, plus cropping might give a cleaner look with regard to vignetting/cat's-eye and potential corner CA – although I guess to many people those artifacts are part of the charm of an f/0.95.
 

Del Paso

M3 Singlestroke
CR Pro
Aug 9, 2018
1,374
1,526
Yeah. But this could be a nice short portrait FL on crop, plus cropping might give a cleaner look with regard to vignetting/cat's-eye and potential corner CA – although I guess to many people those artifacts are part of the charm of an f/0.95.
What I particularly love about my Summilux M 1,4/75 is the rendering at f 1,4, thanks to the numerous aberrations, resulting in dreamy, almost "glowing" pictures.
And the fact that I gets tack-sharp from f 2,8.
It may sound silly, but I'd rather buy the EF 1,2/85 than the RF 1,2/85, even though I know, having tested it, that the RF is absolutely stunning.
 

Nemorino

EOS R5
Aug 29, 2020
279
573
I don't think so:
"A low focus breathing eliminates the distraction of the changes in the angle of view when moving the focus from one object to another. Together with the accurate 300° focus thread makes it become the ideal lens for videography."
 

entoman

wildlife photography
May 8, 2015
566
666
UK
Laowa seem to be promoting this as a portrait lens (references to "dreamy and romantic rendering").

Focusing manually at F0.95 might prove difficult unless the portraits are of statues...
 
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pmjm

R5, 1DX Mk II, 5D Mk IV, four 90D's
Sep 8, 2016
76
45
This is obviously a very boutique lens that is certain to have its fans, but to me, f/0.95 with manual focus sounds like more work than I'm willing to put in.
 
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MORphoto.net

R6 R6
Feb 29, 2020
19
17
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morphoto.net
Laowa seem to be promoting this as a portrait lens (references to "dreamy and romantic rendering").

Focusing manually at F0.95 might prove difficult unless the portraits are of statues...
... and the camera is on a tripod. Still possible with focus peaking and fast bursts, but the hit rate probably won't be super great. Great quality glass for a great price though.