Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO APS-C Lens (2021)

MSRP 499 USD59% Neofiliac70% External
Keywords: aps-ce-mountlaowalensmanual-focusmirrorlessprime-lensrf-mountx-mountz-mount

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Product Overview

Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO is a large-aperture manual-focus prime lens for several popular APS-C mirrorless systems. It has a very similar optical design to that found in the Argus 35mm f/0.95 FF for full-frame and is thus optically comparable with the latter.
Thanks to its exceptionally large aperture, the Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO allows the photographer to create shots with usually shallow depth of field. Low-light works are also made considerably easier.
As is the case with its bigger brother, the Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO has been claimed by Laowa to offer high contrast and resolution from wide open. While the definition of these words may be up to debate, we can be sure from sample photos and initial reviews that this Argus lens has a soft out-of-focus rendering and smooth out-of-focus transition that many photographers value.

Ratings

What we found**

Neofiliac score 59% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Bright maximum aperture
  • Solid construction
  • Good image quality
Cons

    What external reviewers found***

    External score 70% (not directly comparable across industries)
    Pros
    • Good contrast
    • Good sharpness wide open and creamy background blur; at F2.8 the lens is tack sharp
    Cons
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    Specifications

    Construction

    Aperture Blades
    9 blades
    Form Factor
    Normal Prime Lens
    Image Size
    APS-C
    Lens Barrel
    Physical aperture ring, Distance scale, DoF scale
    Lens Mount
    Micro Four Thirds-mount, Fujifilm X-mount, Nikon Z-mount, Sony E-mount
    Optical Formula | Elements
    14 elements
    Optical Formula | Groups
    9 groups
    Optical Formula | Special Glass
    1 aspherical + 1 ED + 3 UHR elements groups

    Dimensions

    Filter Diameter
    62 mm / 2.44 in
    Size | Diameter
    72 mm / 2.83 in
    Size | Length
    83 mm / 3.27 in
    Weight
    590 g / 20.85 oz

    Function

    Angle Of View
    47.2° Diagonal | 40.0° Horizontal | 27.3° Vertical
    Aperture
    f/0.95 ~ f/16
    Autofocus
    No
    Crop Factor
    1.5
    Focal Length
    33 mm
    Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)
    49.5 mm
    Focus Type
    Internal
    Image Stabilization
    No

    Performance

    Min Focus Distance
    350 mm / 13.78 in

    Production

    Accessory
    Lens hood included
    Debut
    2021-05-03
    Made In
    China

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    External Reviews

    sonyalpha[1]

    Reviewer score 70%
    Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
    The Laowa Argus 33mm F0.95 is the best by a small margin in term of build quality, but also the heaviest one. It cost 2 times the 7 Artisans but a bit less than the Mitakon one. The lens is delivered with a nice rectangular lens hood that give a “cinema’ look to the lens.
    Find the original article here.
    Pros
    • Good sharpness wide open and creamy background blur; at F2.8 the lens is tack sharp
    • Good contrast
    Cons
    • Corners are weaker than the centre as expected but their behavior is but much better than on the 7Artisans 35mm F0.95

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    References

    1. ^ Laowa Argus 33mm F0.95. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2021/09/10/laowa-argus-33mm-f0-95/. 2021-09-10. Retrieved 2022-01-25.

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