Venus Optics unveils $899 Laowa Argus 35mm F0.95, the world’s fastest full-frame 35mm lens: Digital Photography Review


Venus Optics has announced the release of the Laowa Argus 35mm F0.95, the world’s fastest 35mm lens for full-frame cameras.

The manual focus lens is constructed of 14 elements in nine groups, including one aspherical element, one extra-low dispersion element and four ultra-high-refractive elements. It features a fifteen blade aperture diaphragm, an aperture range of F0.95 through F16, has a minimum focusing distance of 50cm (19.7”) and uses a 72mm front filter thread.

Following in line with other Laowa lenses released lately, the Laowa Argus 35mm F0.95 features an aperture ring click switch so users can ‘de-click’ the aperture for smoother transitions. Venus Optics notes the lens ‘inherits an internal focusing characteristics from Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO,’ which helps prevent external components, such as matte boxes, from moving while focusing. The lens also has minimal focus focus breathing.

Below are a collection of sample photos from the Laowa Argus 35mm F0.95 FF, provided by Venus Optics:

Laowa Argus 35mm F0.95 FF is available for Canon RF, Nikon Z and Sony E mount camera systems and can be purchased via Venus Optics’ official website and authorized resellers for $899. The first 100 units ship with a free focus gear belt.

Venus Laowa Argus 30mm F0.95 FF specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 35 mm
Image stabilization No
Lens mount Canon RF, Nikon Z, Sony FE
Aperture
Maximum aperture F1
Minimum aperture F16
Aperture ring Yes
Number of diaphragm blades 15
Optics
Elements 14
Groups 9
Special elements / coatings 1 aspherical + 1 ED + 4 UHR elements
Focus
Minimum focus 0.50 m (19.69)
Maximum magnification 0.1×
Autofocus No
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
Physical
Weight 755 g (1.66 lb)
Diameter 77 mm (3.03)
Length 103 mm (4.06)
Colour Black
Filter thread 72 mm
Hood supplied Yes



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