Venus Optical Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 Lens Review

My Venus Optical Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 Lens Review

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High Quality Fully Manual APS-C E-Mount Lens
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In the review I will be covering the Venus Optics Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO Lens for the Sony E-mount and will be using my Sony A6400 for the camera body.

In full disclosure Venus Optics did send me this lens as a loaner so I could do the review, but no money was exchanged and I was strongly encouraged by Venus Optics to do an honest review which was nice to hear and I would not have done the review if that was not the case. If you want to check out this Venus Optics Lens on their Website Click Here >>

I have been a fan of Venus Optics since I saw their lens line for the first time at the PhotoPlus Expo many years ago. At that time they were offering very high quality built fully manual lenses and I was very impressed! Since then I have not had the chance to review any of the lenses due to limited time and reviewing just the Sony stuff has kept me very busy. Recently however I have been reviewing more manual lenses like the 7Artisans line for example, and Venus reached out to me so I accepted the offer for a loaner.

With all that being said, WOW this lens is impressive!! Please scroll down for the review, sample photos, and more!

Key Features:

  • Sony E-Mount/ APS-C Format
  • 49.5mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/0.95 to f/11
  • 14 elements in 9 groups
  • 1 x ED Element, 1 x Aspherical Element
  • 3 x Ultra-High Refraction Elements
  • Long Focus Throw with an Internal Focus Design
  • Minimal Focus Breathing
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 13.8″ or 35cm
  • Stepless Aperture Ring (No Lock)
  • Filter Size = 62mm
  • Aperture Blades = 9
  • Weight = 20.8 oz / 590 g
  • Price = $500 US

My Venus Optical Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 Lens Review

When watching my video below, please be sure to select the 4k best quality and to view in full screen for the best viewing experience 😉 Thanks, Jay

VIDEO NAVIGATION LINKS:

  • Intro: 0:00
  • Hands-On: 1:15
  • Lab Testing Sample Photos: 6:40
  • Real World Sample Photos: 11:53
  • Conclusions: 20:46

Venus Optical Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 Lens Review
My Venus Optical Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 Lens Review
Top Quality Super Fast Aperture Prime Lens Option
Being a fully manual focus lens, the Argus 33mm f/0.95 Lens is not for everyone, but if you are in the market for top quality optics and require a crazy fast max aperture lens, this is the lens to get in my opinion. It's one of the best lenses optically I have ever tested and for the money you really get a fantastic lens build and performance.
Bang For The Buck
94
Build Quality and Design
97
Ergonomics
96
Real World Usability
83
Video Quality
95
Real World Image quality
97
Lab Testing Optical Quality
97
Lens Distortion Control
88
Low Light Performance
98
Fun Factor
91
Manual Focus Performance
96
Pros
Incredible Optical Quality Corner to Corner
Crazy Fast Max Aperture
Very Long Focus Throw and Excellent Dampening on Focus Ring
Cons
Pretty heavy lens
No lock on the manual aperture ring
95
High Quality Fully Manual APS-C E-Mount Lens
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Real World – Sample Photos

Lab Testing Photos


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Conclusions

So at the end of the day I can absolutely say the Venus Optics Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO Lens is an awesome optic and I highly recommend it for those looking for a manual focus lens that produces top quality images. Sharpness, color, and clarity are all top notch in my opinion and the build quality is also fantastic. I really appreciated the long focus throw this lens offers and when combined with the butter smooth dampening, it’s very easy to dial in your focus with accurate ease.

The lens flare you can get with this lens is magical!

The lens is a bit heavy which is worth noting and the aperture ring does not lock, so you will need to keep tabs on the f-stop when using.

That is about it for thistles review and I’m really looking forward to testing out more Laowa lenses in the near future! Please let me know what you think and if you have any questions at all please just ask away.

All the best, Jay

Venus Optical Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 Lens Review
My Venus Optical Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 Lens Review
Top Quality Super Fast Aperture Prime Lens Option
Being a fully manual focus lens, the Argus 33mm f/0.95 Lens is not for everyone, but if you are in the market for top quality optics and require a crazy fast max aperture lens, this is the lens to get in my opinion. It's one of the best lenses optically I have ever tested and for the money you really get a fantastic lens build and performance.
Bang For The Buck
94
Build Quality and Design
97
Ergonomics
96
Real World Usability
83
Video Quality
95
Real World Image quality
97
Lab Testing Optical Quality
97
Lens Distortion Control
88
Low Light Performance
98
Fun Factor
91
Manual Focus Performance
96
Pros
Incredible Optical Quality Corner to Corner
Crazy Fast Max Aperture
Very Long Focus Throw and Excellent Dampening on Focus Ring
Cons
Pretty heavy lens
No lock on the manual aperture ring
95
High Quality Fully Manual APS-C E-Mount Lens
Check Argus 33mm f/0.95 Lens Prices @

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