Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO Reviewed

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

Laowa has been on a roll releasing great value lens after great value lens and it should come as no surprise that some are placing the Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO above all other 0.95 Chinese glass on the market at this time. just posted its full lengthy review that you can read here, or you can read the Pro/Con below:


  • Good Sharpness at f0.95, Very Good at F1.1, Excellent as of F2.8
  • Very Smooth background blur giving unique portraits and atmosphere for objects details
  • Very Good Bokeh Balls between F0.95 and F1.4
  • good contrast even at f0.95, very good as of F1.1
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent color rendition
  • Very good rendering in video
  • Smoothly dampened focusing ring and clickless aperture ring (ideal for video
  • Moderate vignetting mostly gone at F1.4
  • Good resistance to flare at F11
  • Nice rectangular lens hood
  • Lower lever of color fringing than competitors at F0.95


  • Corners weaker than center but not so bad for a F0.95 (much better than competitors)
  • Moderate Distortion
  • Resistance to flare at F0.95 is weak with halo effects but better than competitors
  • Moderate CA ,
  • Bokeh Balls start to show 9 shaped polygon as of F1.4 instead of circle
  • Price on the high side for a manual APSC lens


  • Heavy weight
  • Clickless aperture ring for photography does not allow to know where you stand with the aperture
  • Focus breathing
  • Too long focus throw (270 °) to go from 35cm to infinity

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