TCSTV: Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO

TCSTV posted its review of the Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO and while they started off not liking it they grew to appreciate the characteristics of the lens.

  • About 50mm equivalent
  • Very substantial lens at 590g
  • Quite a bit of glass in this lens
  • Manual focus lens with nice grip
  • Internal focusing
  • 62mm filter thread
  • Very nice square lens hood that can be removed with a clip-on lens cap that can fall off kind of easy
  • 9 bladed circular aperture that gives you nice smooth bokeh
  • Clickless aperture ring
  • Video guys love clickless aperture, but photographers do not like it
  • There are cheap and expensive 0.95 out there but Lawoa designed their lens to handle chromatic aberration
  • There are three ultra-high dispersion elements, plus one extra dispersion element, and an APO element
  • APO is about controlling chromatic aberration which is the green and purple fringing
  • At 0.95 there is some chromatic aberration, but when you stop down it improves quickly
  • 0.95 isn’t for everything
  • You can shoot as close as 35cm
  • Focus peaking on the X-T cameras helps with manual focus
  • Shooting at 0.95 takes some time to get the results you want due to how think it is
  • The focus has a very long throw that’s almost 300 degrees which is great for video but not so much for photographers
  • Not a lot of focus breathing
  • At first he felt the lens was a little big and heavy
  • After a while, he really liked the results even though it is not the sharpest 0.95 on the market

Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO: VenusOptics / B&H Photo / Adorama

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