Laowa’s Argus range has been a little slow in growing, although the few fast prime lenses in the Argus line so far, have proven to be quite popular. Initially, the series launched in January 2021 with a 25mm lens for MFT, 33mm for APS-C and 35mm, and 45mm lenses for full-frame, all with that same wide f/0.95 maximum aperture. Although, that 25mm for MFT did take over a year to actually come to market.
It seems that two more are to be announced tomorrow, though, and photos and specs of both lenses have leaked early. The Micro Four Thirds lineup is doubling, with the addition of a new 18mm f/0.95 lens and APS-C is now going to see the 25mm focal length, also at f/0.95, in Sony E, Canon EF-M, Canon RF, Fuji X and Nikon Z mounts.
Laowa MFT Argus 18mm f/0.95 APO
|Format||Micro Four Thirds|
|Angle of view||61.9°|
|Optics||14 elements in 8 groups|
|Aperture blades||9, rounded|
|Min focus distance||20cm|
|Dimensions||80 x 83.35mm|
|Mounts||Micro Four Thirds|
Laowa CF Argus 25mm f/0.95 APO
|Angle of view||58.8°|
|Optics||14 elements in 9 groups|
|Min focus distance||34cm|
|Dimensions||71.5 x 81mm|
|Mounts||Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF, Canon EF-M, Fuji X|
There’s no word on prices for the new lenses yet, although the previously released 25mm f/0.95 MFT and 33mm f/0.95 APS-C Laowa Argus lenses retail for $399 and $499 respectively. So, I think we can probably expect them to be somewhere around those prices, give or take $100 or so. An official announcement is expected tomorrow, so we don’t have long to wait to find out.