Venus Optics announced the first lens of the f/0.95 Argus line: Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO APS-C lens (Fuji X, Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon R)

The previously rumored Venus Optics Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO APS-C lens for Fuji X, Sony E, Nikon Z, and Canon R is now officially announced:

  • Key features and detailed specifications:

    • f/0.95 Ultra-fast aperture
    • APO (Apochromatic Optical Design)
    • 35cm closest focusing distance
    • Exquisite bokeh
    • Long focus throw
    • Internal focus
    • Low focus breathing
    • Stepless aperture ring
Name Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO
Focal Length 33mm
Max. Aperture f/0.95
Angle of View 46.2°
Format Compatibility APS-C
Lens Structure 14 elements in 9 groups
Aperture Blades 9
Min. Focusing Distance 35 cm (1.1′)
Focus Mode Manual Focus
Filter Thread 62mm
Dimensions 71.5 x 83 mm (2.81 x 3.26″)
Weight 590g (20.81 oz)
Mounts Fuji X / Sony FE / Nikon Z / Canon R
  • MTF chart and lens design:

  • Press release:

Venus Optics announce the first lens of the f/0.95 ‘Argus’ line, Laowa ‘Argus’ 33mm f/0.95 CF APO

Starts capturing chromatic aberration-free image at f/0.95

Anhui China, May 03 , 2021 – Venus Optics, the manufacturer specialized in making unique camera lenses, is proud to introduce the Laowa ‘Argus’ 33mm f/0.95 CF APO, a magnificent f/0.95 prime lens for APS-C cameras.

The ‘Argus’ name was originally from the Greek mythology and was the name of a vigilant guardian with a hundred eyes and an "all-seeing” sight. The name represents the ultra-bright f/0.95 aperture of the lenses and the exceptional image quality they deliver.

The 35mm f/0.95 is the first released lens of the much anticipated Argus line. Featuring the ultra fast f/0.95 aperture with APO design, the lens offers photographers and videographers a classic focal length for everyday shooting and a versatility to shoot at difficult lighting condition. The lens delivers exception image quality at wide-open and suppresses the chromatic aberration to the minimal. Couple with the 35mm (1.15 feet) minimum focus distance, a buttery smooth and exquisite bokeh rendering can easily be created. It also equips with multiple touches of videographer friendly features for narrative filmmaking.

APO (Apochromatic Optical Design)
The new Argus 33mm f/0.95 was designed to deliver impressive performance at wide-open aperture. It incorporates one Extra-low Dispersion Glass, one Aspherical Lens and three Ultra High Refraction Glass to suppress both lateral and longitudinal chromatic aberration (CA) to the minimal at all apertures in its class. It also delivers an exceptional image sharpness across the frame.

Ultra-fast f/0.95 Aperture
The ultra-fast f/0.95 aperture adds a dreamy atmosphere to your image that no other lenses can compare. The shallow depth of field offers great versatility for selective focus and isolate the subject for a better story telling. The fast aperture also makes handheld shooting at low light situations much easier. You can now tell your story in any condition without compromising your image with higher ISO. It is perfect for everything from prestigious portraits, low light photography & videography to everyday & astrophotography.

35cm closest focusing distance
The 35cm (1.15 feet) closest focusing distance (from subject to sensor) allows you to create buttery smooth bokeh with breathtaking close-up details.

Exquisite Bokeh
9 circular aperture blades produce smooth, round bokeh with no hard edges. Coupled with the 35cm close focusing distance, the new Argus lens allows photographers to create visually and aesthetically appealing images.

Low Focus Breathing
Venus Optics also attempted to compress the focus breathing of this new Argus lens to the minimal in its class. This is perfect for narrative filming where the distraction of the framing changes is no more.

Extended focus throw with 62mm filter thread
Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO has a long focus throw (300°) and allows photographers and videographers to have a precise control of the focus over the shallow depth of field for isolating the subject better. A 62mm filter thread is designed to fit with screw-in filters.

Internal Focus Design with a small form factor
An internal focus optics design has been adopted so that the lens will not extend in length during focusing, it offers additional stability and prevents dust from getting into the lens. It is particularly useful for videographers where add-on accessories like matte-box are often used. Venus Optics still managed to keep the lens compact (3.26” / 83mm long) and lightweight (590 g/1.3 lbs) despite the internal focus design.

Stepless Aperture
The stepless aperture ring allows videographer to adjust and control the exposure smoothly.

The new lenses are now available for pre-orders at the Laowa online store with free international shipping. US retailers (Adorama, B&H) will open their pre-orders in a few weeks – the fastest way to get the new lenses is to order directly from the Laowa online store.

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