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Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 First Review and Sample Images

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The Venus Optics Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 has already been announced in China.

This is why a FR-reader found a review of the lens already in Chinese on youtube (used on a Sony A6600).

As usual, I am going to save your time by going through the automatic google youtube translation and make a summary for you as well as share a few screenshots.

You’ll find it all down below.

Summary

  • weight: 590g
  • not too big
  • metal lens hood
  • 62mm filter size
  • focus ring feels good, great for manual focus
  • minimum focus distance 35cm
  • aperture ring with DOF scale, great for video
  • creates very shallow DOF
  • fast aperture makes up for the lack of DOF compared to full frame
  • APS-C system is more cost effective compared to full frame
  • good control of chromatic aberration
  • slight vignetting at f/0.95 [admin note: looks quite pronouced if you ask me, screenshot below]
  • creates haze when shooting directly in light source at f/0.95, goes away at f/1.4 and images are sharper
  • impressed by the little focus breathing
  • internal focusing, hence lens size remains the same when focusing
  • there is some barrel distortion, but within acceptable range
  • sharpness is much better at f/2 compared to f/0.95
  • still quite good at f/0.95. Very shallow DOF
  • it’s manual focus only, but focus peaking helps a lot to achieve focus fast

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