Laowa 25mm, 33mm, 35mm, 45mm f/0.95 Argus lenses announced… maybe. Or leaked? Something

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I’m not entirely sure what’s going on with these new Laowa Argus lenses from Venus Optics, but they’ve either now officially announced their first lenses in the Laowa Argus f/0.95 lens lineup, or the information’s just leaked (as it does). Or a mix of both. I’ve yet to see an actual press release, although different websites seem to variously report their existence as either an official announcement or a leak.

Anyway, these are reportedly the images of Laowa’s upcoming Argus 25mm f/0.95 MFT lens, 33mm f/0.95 APS-C mirrorless lens and their 35mm f/0.95 and 45mm f/0.95 full-frame mirrorless lenses, along with some specs. Here’s what we know so far…

Laowa Argus 25mm f/0.95 (MFT)

There isn’t much information about the Laowa Argus 25mm f/0.95 for Micro Four Thirds. Or, well, there isn’t any at all really, other than that it has a 25mm focal length, an f/0.95 maximum aperture and it’s intended for Micro Four Thirds cameras. There’s no information about the new Argus lense on the Laowa website, despite apparently holding an Argus lens event a couple of days ago.

Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 (APS-C)

For the APS-C format Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 there is a pretty much complete set of specs. The price is expected to be ¥3,500 – or around US$530.

Focal length 33mm
Format APS-C
Max aperture f/0.95
Min aperture f/16
Angle of view 46.2°
Optics 14 elements in 9 groups
Aperture blades 9
Min focus distance 35cm
Filter thread 62mm
Dimensions 71.5 x 83mm
Weight 590g
Mounts Sony E, Fuji X, Nikon Z, Canon EF-M

Laowa Argus 35mm f/0.95 (Full-frame)

The Laowa Argus 35mm f/0.95 is a full-frame lens and again we have pretty much the complete specs. This one is expected to cost ¥6,000 – or around US$910. At that price, I could easily see this one becoming a favourite amongst street photographers.

Focal length 35mm
Format Full-Frame
Max aperture f/0.95
Min aperture f/16
Angle of view 63.4°
Optics 14 elements in 9 groups
Aperture blades 15
Min focus distance 50cm
Filter thread 72mm
Dimensions 76.8 x 103mm
Weight 755g
Mounts Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF

Laowa Argus 45mm f/0.95 (Full-frame)

For this one, we also have the specs, although there’s no word on an expected price for this one yet.

Focal length 45mm
Format Full-Frame
Max aperture f/0.95
Min aperture f/16
Angle of view 51.3°
Optics 13 elements in 9 groups (?)
Aperture blades 15
Min focus distance 50cm
Filter thread 72mm
Dimensions 76.8 x 110mm
Weight 850g
Mounts Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF

Along with the photos and the specs, a new Laowa roadmap has been circulating, including all four of the new Argus lenses, and a few other interesting looking ones – particularly cinema-specific versions of some of their existing photography lenses.

I still haven’t been able to find if Laowa has actually officially announced any or all of these Argus lenses yet. As I said, I’ve not received a press release and there’s no mention of them in the product listings on their website. But they’re expected to start coming available at some point during Q2-Q3. Yes, that’s a pretty wide window. Whether or not they’ll release all four at once, or one at a time every few weeks is unknown.

The prices mentioned don’t actually look all that terrible given the f/0.95 aperture and as I mentioned above, that 35mm f/0.95 is a potentially ideal street photography lens – especially at night. But we’ll have to see how the image quality stands up once the lenses start getting into users hands.

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