Anhui China, 25 October, 2022 – Venus Optics, the innovative camera lens manufacturer had already released a series of f/0.95 ultra-large aperture lens under the name “Argus” in last year. And today the company adding two new lenses to the Argus series:

  • Laowa Argus 18mm f/0.95 MFT APO – MFT
  • Laowa Argus 25mm f/0.95 APS-C APO – Sony E / Nikon Z / Canon RF / Fuji X / Canon EF-M

The new additions provide MFT and APS-C users with an option of about 35mm equivalent focal length. The ultra-fast f/0.95 on them makes shooting in low-light environments easier than ever and easily creates a dreamy look with the exceptionally shallow depth of field. Both lenses also have the APO design, which performs very well at combating chromatic aberration and provides outstanding sharpness even at wide open.

Sample Images

The minimum focusing distances are 20cm and 34cm respectively for the 18mm f/0.95 and 25mm f/0.95. Helping photographers to easily capture close-up details. The two new Argus lenses also design to be video-friendly. Both have the “Aperture Ring Click Switch” for freely transforming between clicked and de-clicked aperture.

A low focus breathing eliminates the distraction of the changes in angle of view when moving the focus from one object to another. The weight of the lenses is 500g(1.1lbs) and 575g(1.26lbs) for 18mm and 25mm respectively. With the affordable pricing of USD449(18mm) and USD549(25mm), these lenses are a must-have item for both photographers and videographers.

Ultra-fast Aperture of f/0.95

From an eye-catching portrait to stunning low-light photography, an f/0.95 ultra-fast aperture is perfect for creating impactful images with its shallow depth of field. Creating great background separation for the main subject so that the viewers can focus on the essence of your images.

Incredible performance in low light

The lenses are built to offer an incredible low-light shooting performance. Both lenses can create excellent contrast from centre to corner. Perfect when you get limited time at dark sites or wants to increase the shutter speed.

Equivalent to 35mm Focal Length

A focal length of 35mm (equivalent) is one of the most popular choices among photographers. It is extremely versatile due to the semi-wide but comfortable images produced. Apart from portrait photography, it also works for landscape, street photography and as an everyday lens. Pair with the ultra-fast aperture and the short minimum focusing distance of Argus lenses, photographers can create some really unique shots.

Sample Images

Apochromat (APO) design

Both the 18mm and the 25mm are engineered with an Apochromatic Optical Design (APO) which suppresses longitudinal and lateral chromatic aberration across in-focus & out-of-focus areas. Purple fringing is controlled to the minimum even wide open. The APO design reduces the post-editing time substantially, giving photographers and videographers the best image performance.

Stunning Bokeh and Rendering

The lenses are assembled with 9 aperture blades, which can create round and pleasing bokeh. Alongside the shallow depth of field, it can produce glamorous and dreamy images.

Short Minimum Focusing Distance

The 18mm and 25mm lenses have a minimum focusing distance of 20cm and 34cm respectively. Having a short minimum focusing distance can create an extremely blurry background, allowing the photographer to capture in different perspectives with details of the object. A breath-taking close up shot with shallow depth of field can be easily captured.

Video Friendly

Both lenses are also built with features that would be a plus for videographers.

Aperture Ring Click Switch Mechanism

The Aperture Ring Click Switch Mechanism offers options to photographers and videographers for choosing either clicked or de-clicked aperture ring, a great option for videographers when adjusting the aperture during shooting.

Sample Images

Low Focus Breathing

Both lenses have a relatively low focus breathing. It eliminates the distraction of the changes in the angle of view when moving the focus from one object to another, which is perfect for video shooting.

Internal Focusing

As with other lenses in the Argus series, the two new lenses also have the same internal focusing characteristics. It maximizes the optical performance in both infinity focus and minimum focusing distance. Also, it prevents dust from getting into the lens. And compatible with accessories designed to be set to a specific position like polarizers.

Specification

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Laowa Argus 18mm f/0.95 MFT APO

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Laowa Argus 25mm f/0.95 APS-C APO

Focal Length 18mm 25mm
Angle of View 61.9° 58.8°
Aperture Range f/0.95-11 f/0.95-11
Format Compatibility MFT APS-C
Lens Structure 14 elements in 8 groups 14 elements in 9 groups
Aperture Blades 9 9
Min. Focusing Distance 20cm (7.87”) 34cm (13.38”)
Max. Magnification 0.15X 0.1X
Filter Thread Ø 62mm Ø 62mm
Dimensions Ø 80 x 83mm Ø 71.5 x 81mm
Weight About 500g About 575g
Mounts M4/3 Sony E / Nikon Z / Canon RF / Fuji X / Canon EF-M

Lens Structure

18mm

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25mm

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MTF

18mm

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25mm

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Pricing & Availability

Laowa Argus 18mm f/0.95 MFT APO & Laowa Argus 25mm f/0.95 APS-C APO are currently available to purchase via Venus Optics official website (http://www.venuslens.net/ ) and authorized resellers.

The US price for Laowa Argus 18mm f/0.95 MFT APO is USD449 and for Laowa Argus 25mm f/0.95 APS-C APO is USD549 for all mounts. Pricing may vary in different countries.

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3 comments

  1. Other than handful of micro 43 lenses and 100mm Macro they seem to reluctant to add electromagnetic apertures. It would be seriously useful for these lenses.
    Yes! They did have to redo the EF 100mm version, it triggered crop mode on RF bodies and they hadn't builtin an option for upgrade the firmware in the field. The person who reported that was given the option of sending the lens in or getting a PCB mailed and replace it himself. I think in the end they sent him a complete new lens.
  2. 3/4 of the example photos are genuinely exciting. A MILFF needs 35mm f/14 to have this bokeh (25mm entrance pupil) but I don\'t remember ever getting so much bokeh with my EF 35mm f/1.4 Mk I or Leica M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH.

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