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Four f/0.95 lenses unleashed by Laowa

Four f/0.95 lenses unleashed by Laowa
(Image credit: Venus Optics / Sightron)

Laowa has unveiled four f/0.95 prime lenses that comprise its new Argus line – two for full frame, and one each for APS-C and Micro Four Thirds cameras. 

Venus Optics, manufacturer of the Laowa brand, revealed the fast glass at the CP+ 2021 imaging super show in Japan. They consist of mostly wide-angle lenses – 25mm (Micro Four Thirds), 33mm (APS-C) and 35mm – along with a 45mm option. However, given the associated crop factors, the first two behave as effective 50mm lenses

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They join the increasingly populated ranks of f/0.95 lenses, including the Mitakon Speedmaster f/0.95 and the Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 Noct. Here are the specs of the lenses, courtesy of Venus Optics / Sightron:

Laowa MFT 25mm f/0.95

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Micro Four Thirds

• Focal length: 25 mm
• Effective focal length: 50mm
• Maximum aperture ratio: F0.95
• Angle: 46.7 °
• Lens construction: 8 groups 14 sheets (1 aspherical lens, one special low-dispersion lens, including three high refractive lenses)
• Number of aperture blades: 9
• Minimum shooting distance: 25 cm
• Maximum shooting magnification: 0.17 times
• Filter diameter: φ62mm
• Dimensions: φ71 mm × 86 mm
• Mass: Approx. 570 g

Laowa CF 33mm f/0.95 APO

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APS-C – Sony E / Fuji X / Nikon Z / Canon EF-M

• Focal length: 33 mm
• Effective focal length: 49.5 (Sony / Fuji / Nikon), 52.8 (Canon)
• Maximum aperture ratio: F0.95
• Angle: 46.2 °
• Lens construction: 9 groups 14 sheets (1 aspherical lens, one special low-dispersion lens, including three high refractive lenses)
• Number of aperture blades: 9
• Shortest shooting distance: 35cm
• Maximum shooting magnification : 0.125x
• Filter diameter 62mm
• Dimensions: φ71.5mm × 83mm
• Mass: Approximately 590g

Laowa 35mm f/0.95

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Full frame – Sony FE / Nikon Z / Canon RF

• Focal length: 35 mm
• Maximum aperture ratio: F0.95
• Angle: 63.4 °
• Lens construction: 9 groups 14 sheets (1 aspherical lens, one special low-dispersion lens includes four high refractive lenses)
• Number of aperture blades: 15
• Shortest shooting distance: 50cm
• Maximum shooting magnification : 0.1x
• Filter diameter: 72mm
• Dimensions: φ76.8mm × 103mm
• Weight: Approximately 755g

Laowa FF II 45mm f/0.95

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Full frame – Sony FE / Nikon Z / Canon RF

• Focal length: 45 mm
• Maximum aperture ratio: F0.95
• Angle: 51.3 °
• Lens construction: 9 groups 13 sheets (1 aspherical lens, one special low-dispersion lens, including one high refractive lenses)
• Number of aperture blades: 15
• Shortest shooting distance: 50cm
• Maximum shooting magnification : 0.12x
• Filter diameter: 72mm
• Dimensions: φ76.8mm × 110mm
• Weight: Approximately 850g

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