Announcement: Laowa Argus CF 33mm f / 0.95 APO

The Laowa Argus CF 3mm f / 2021 APO lens was announced on May 33, 0.95.

Laowa Argus CF 33mm f / 0.95 APO

Laowa Argus CF 33mm f / 0.95 APO

Basic properties

  • Lens from the Laowa Argus CF line
  • For mirrorless cameras with APS-C (CF - Cropped Frame) sensor
  • There are options for Fuji X, Sony E, Nikon Z and Canon RF mounts
  • Relative Hole: 1: 0.95-1: 16
  • Focal Length: 33mm (EGF for APS-C is 49.5 mm)
  • Closest focusing distance: 35 centimeters
  • Optical design: 14 elements in 9 groups, 1 ELD, 1 aspherical element, 3 ultra-high refractive index elements
  • APO (Apochromatic Optical Circuit Design)
  • Manual focus only
  • Internal focus
  • Focus Breathing effect minimized
  • Aperture: 9 rounded blades
  • Aperture control ring, smoothly adjustable, no clicks or fixed values
  • Filter Diameter: 62 mm
  • Weight: 590 gram
  • Price: about 500 dollars


All Venus Optics Laowa Photo Lenses:

Medium Format:

  1. 15mm 1: 4.5 W-Dreamer Zero-D Shift [Medium Format: Fujifilm GFX + Full Frame: Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K + Canon RF, Nikon Z, Sony E, Leica L], 2 versions
  2. 17mm 1: 4 D-Dreamer Zero-D [Medium Format: Fujifilm GFX]

Full frame:

  1. 9mm 1: 5.6 W-Dreamer RL FF [Full Frame: Nikon Z, Leica M, Leica L, Sony E / FE]
  2. 11mm 1: 4.5 C-Dreamer RL FF [Full Frame: Nikon Z, Leica M, Leica L, Sony E / FE, Canon RF]
  3. 12mm 1: 2.8 D-Dreamer Zero-D [Full Frame: Leica L, Canon EF, Canon RF, Nikon F, Nikon Z, Sony A, Sony E, Pentax K]
  4. 14mm 1: 4.0 C & D-Dreamer RL ff II [Full Frame: Nikon Z, Leica M, Leica L, Sony E / FE]
  5. 14mm F4.0 FF C & D-Dreamer [Full Frame: Nikon F, Canon EF]
  6. 15mm 1: 2 D-Dreamer Zero-D [Full Frame: Leica L, Sony Fe, Nikon Z, Canon RF]
  7. 15mm 1: 4 Wide Macro 1: 1 [Full Frame: Leica L, Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Sony E, Pentax K]
  8. 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift [Full Frame: Canon EF, Canon RF, Nikon F, Nikon Z, Sony E, Pentax K, Leica L + Fujifilm G]
  9. 24mm 1:14 2X Macro Probe [Full Frame: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony FE, Pentax K, Leica L, Nikon Z, Canon RF]
  10. 25mm 1: 2.8 Ultra Macro 2.5-5.0X [Full Frame: Canon EF, Canon RF, Nikon F, Nikon Z, Pentax K, Sony Fe, Leica L]
  11. 35 mm 1: 0.95 Argus FFII [Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF]
  12. 45 mm 1: 0.95 Argus FFII [Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF]
  13. 58mm 1:2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO [Canon RF, Nikon Z, Sony E/FE, Leica L]
  14. 60mm 1:2.8 2X Ultra Macro [Full Frame, Macro only: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Sony E, Pentax K]
  15. 85mm 1: 5.6 Mini FF II Macro 2: 1 [Canon RF, Nikon Z, Sony E, Leica M]
  16. 90mm 1: 2.8 CA-Dreamer Macro 2x [Canon RF, Nikon Z, Sony E, L]
  17. 100mm 1: 2.8 CA-Dreamer Macro 2X [Full Frame: Leica L, Canon EF, Pentax K, Canon RF, Nikon F, Nikon Z, Sony Fe]
  18. 100mm 1: 2 (T3.2) Smooth Trans Focus [Full Frame: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Sony E, Pentax K]
  19. 10-18mm 1: 4.5-5-6 C-Dreamer Ultra Wide Zoom [Full Frame: Sony Fe, Nikon Z, Leica L]
  20. 12-24mm 1:5.6 C-Dreamer FF II [Canon RF, Nikon Z, Sony E, Leica M]


  1. 4mm 1: 2.8 Fisheye [APS-C: Leica L, Fujifilm X, Sony E, Canon EF-M, Nikon Z + Micro 4/3]
  2. 9mm 1: 2.8 C-Dreamer [APS-C: Leica L, Fujifilm X, Sony E, Canon EF-M, DJI DL, Nikon Z + Micro 4/3]
  3. 10mm 1:4 Cookie [APS-C: Leica L, Fujifilm X, Sony E, Canon RF, Nikon Z]
  4. 33 mm 1: 0.95 Argus CF Apo [APS-C: Fujifilm X, Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon EF-M, Canon RF]
  5. 60mm 1: 2.8 2X Ultra-Macro [APS-C: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Sony E, Pentax K]
  6. 65mm 1: 2.8 CA-Dreamer Macro 2X CF [APS-C: Leica L, Sony E, Fujifilm X, Canon EF-M, Nikon Z]

Micro 4/3:

  1. 7.5mm 1: 2 C-Dreamer STANDARD [Micro 4/3, black / silver, 170 grams, 7 petals]
  2. 7.5mm 1: 2 C-Dreamer LIGHTWEIGHT [Micro 4/3, black / silver, 150 grams, 7 petals]
  3. 7.5mm 1: 2 C-Dreamer AUTO APERTURE [Micro 4/3, black, 150 grams, 5 petals]
  4. 10mm 1: 2 C & D-Dreamer [Micro 4/3]
  5. 17mm 1: 1.8 C-Dreamer [Micro 4/3]
  6. 25 mm 1:0.95 Argus APO [Micro 4/3]
  7. 50mm 1: 2.8 CA-Dreamer Macro 2x [Micro 4/3]

Materials on the topic

  1. Full frame mirrorless systems... Discussion, choice, recommendations.
  2. Cropped mirrorless systems... Discussion, choice, recommendations.
  3. Cropped mirrorless systems that have stopped or are no longer developing
  4. Digital SLR systems that have stopped or are no longer developing
  5. JVI or EVI (an important article that answers the question 'DSLR or mirrorless')
  6. About mirrorless batteries
  7. Simple and clear medium format
  8. High-speed solutions from Chinese brands
  9. All fastest autofocus zoom lenses
  10. All fastest AF prime lenses
  11. Mirrored full frame on mirrorless medium format
  12. Autofocus Speed ​​Boosters
  13. One lens to rule the world
  14. The impact of smartphones on the photography market
  15. What's next (smartphone supremacy)?
  16. All announcements and novelties of lenses and cameras

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Comments: 25, on the topic: Announcement: Laowa Argus CF 33mm f / 0.95 APO

  • Oleg

    Slightly cheaper than KMZ, $ 500 is not 860, but rather weak.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      If you are about 35/2, then it costs 1100+ dollars (that's 860 euros).

    • Victor

      But I'll support a domestic manufacturer, gut the pig and buy a manual 35/2 with soapy corners for $ 1100 !!!

      Okay, okay, just kidding.

      • Konstantin

        In light of the still available analogs from China, this choice looks even more comical, unfortunately (

  • koba

    in fact, this is a cinema lens, so its optical performance will most likely be optimized for wine and video, that is, they will be excellent ... The price for such a lens is moderate.

  • Konstantin

    On YouTube, Camera Conspiracies tested this lens and it turned out to be worse than the mitacon f0.95 (the same jongui), which is surprising, because it is cheaper !!!
    Moreover, the lava should have much more experience, but such an incident came out ...

    • Rodion

      Mitacon is probably not F / 0.95 again? This is something I believe more.

      • Konstantin

        By the way, no. He still takes Zeiss optics there (but the truth is they are even more expensive), but she already has a fantastic, ringing sharpness.

      • Konstantin

        But Mitacon turns out to be stronger than lava, which was also strange for me - it costs less, weighs less. And it shoots better. (Trying to add an image)

        • Michael

          LAOV's DOF ​​is clearly less, so is 0.95 in question?

          • Konstantin

            In the end, who lied? Laova? youtuber “CameraCospiracyes”? Chinese with Mitacon?
            Kmk on tests there Laova - beats Mitacon only with an ideal 50mm focal length in terms of crop factor. And the rest is inferior, which is surprising - given such a price ...

            Is there any local expert opinion on this lens? Arkady probably won't take Laova either, when there is an analogue from 7artisans several times cheaper ...

            • Arkady Shapoval

              Yes, I do not take them, they are provided to me for review

        • Oleg

          If “it costs less, weighs less, and shoots better,” then the matter is in the human factor. In the examples, the focus on the lava has gone back.

      • Konstantin

        But Mitacon is already releasing! The third! generation of similar optics ...

        • Rodion

          Mitacon has not changed optically for all three generations. And it doesn't seem to be 0.95.

          • Konstantin

            It's like in the article where Arkady analyzed 7Artisans f0.95 - and indeed there is much less than the stated 0.95.
            Here, as with that Chinese, a similar story. But here you can see that Laova loses to Mitacon, with a higher price and a greater weight of the lens itself ...

            • Andrei

              7art, Laova, Mitacon. In this order. f0.95 100%, but T is already 1.2 (according to Arkady). Laova has a fucking picture (even a blowout pattern), but the focus ring is very long there - 270 ° is dofig. Mitacon is sharper, but his drawing is not as awesome as Laova's, but the price for it is unreasonably high. In this case, 7art wins over both - not as sharp as Mitacon, but the drawing is better (including exposure), not such a soft drawing as in Laova, but twisting the ring many times less, well, the price tag is $ 250 or $ 500 and generally $ 600 ... Laova for video will obviously be good.

      • Konstantin

        LAOWA Venus Optics is the same Chinese manufacturer, just screwed into marketing and with a lot of experience.
        For reference: “Venus Optics is a Chinese lens manufacturer specializing in the development of innovative macro and wide angle lenses. The headquarters and production site are located in Hefei, sales and marketing in Hong Kong and the USA. Wikipedia
        Founder: Dayong Li
        Date of foundation: 2013 "

  • Sergei

    I suggest you wait for the full test on

    • Konstantin

      It seems like Bright Photomarket also snatched this Argus f 0.95 for the test. In the latest news it was played - and promised a test.

  • Konstantin

    By this time, several reviews had been published (all on X-mount Fujifilm) - and their results are very contradictory ...
    One of the first reviewers launched Camera Conspirasies, where comparing Laowa Argus CF 33mm f / 0.95 APO and Mitakon 35mm f0.95, moreover, Laowa is worse and heavier and sharpness at f0.95 is much less than that of Mitakon, and it costs decent more expensive…
    Then a review came out from the Asian Richard Wong, already with a comparison of f0.95 from Mitacon, 7Artisans and Laova - and his situation is exactly the opposite, Laova has less chromatic aberrations, no vignetting, and even sharpness is better than its competitors! It would seem, about a miracle - Laova is still better. Moreover, the comparison is much more detailed than a simple muttering about "this is better - this is worse." And a lot of photo comparisons.
    Here are links to reviews from these fellows:
    Camera conspirasies
    Richard Wong

    The topic with such high-aperture optics is rather narrow and I have not seen any Russian-language reviews at all. But this is not so bad.
    Upon a detailed examination of these reviews, there is only one thing that haunts ... The lens that the authors ultimately recognized as the best - hangs in their referral (affiliate link) to purchase! A moment of venality ...
    Who can you possibly trust on the Internet then ?!

    • Rodion


      • Konstantin

        Therefore, I am writing) And what do you think? At least theoretically, or about the lens in terms of characteristics, without feeling - is it shameful to draw conclusions?

  • Joe

    Review of the lens on the Christopher Frost channel:

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