The 45mm manual lens is constructed of 13 elements in nine groups, including one aspherical element, one extra-low dispersion element and three utra-high-refractive index elements. If features a 15-blade aperture diaphragm, has an aperture range of F0.95 through F16, uses a 72mm front filter thread and has a minimum focusing distance of 50cm (19.7”).
The Laowa Argus 45mm F0.95 features a physical aperture ring that can be de-clicked with the flip of a switch. It also features a 300º focus ring throw and uses an internal focusing design, which Venus Optics says has been designed to minimize focus breathing. Together, these features make this lens an ideal optic for shooting video.
Below are a collection of high-resolution sample photographs, provided by Venus Optics:
The lens is available in Canon RF, Nikon Z and Sony E mount versions, with each measuring roughly 76.8mm (3”) in diameter by 110mm (4.3”) long, and weighing roughly 835g (1.8lbs).
The Laowa Argus 45mm F0.95 FF is currently available to purchase in all three mount options for $799 through Venus Optics’ online shop.