Hands on: Laowa MFT Argus 25mm f/0.95 APO review

The Laowa Argus 25mm f/0.95 APO is like a 50mm prime for Olympus and Panasonic MFT cameras, and it is FAST

Laowa Argus 25mm f/0.95
(Image: © Rod Lawton/Digital Camera World)

Early Verdict

The Argus 25mm f/0.95 APO is no lightweight. It’s also manual focus only, without even a chip to communicate with the camera. But it’s also beautifully built, and packed with quality glass. If it was an f/1.2 lens, we would already be impressed, but it’s an f/0.95!


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    Incredible maximum aperture

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    High quality construction

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    Lovely wide-open results


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    Pretty big for an MFT prime

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    Manual focus only

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    No chip, no EXIF data

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The Laowa Argus 25mm f/0.95 APO is an exciting addition to the Laowa catalog. This company makes some really interesting lenses for mirrorless cameras, specializing in ultra-wide lenses and ultra-close macro lenses – and with the Argus range it’s making ultra-fast primes, too.

We’re not just talking ‘fast’, like f/1.4, or even super-fast, like f/1.2. With a maximum aperture of f/0.95, the Laowa is in Noctilux territory, but at a much lower price point.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com