There’s fast apertures and then there’s really fast apertures and the new Argus 35mm certainly fits into the latter of those two camps. Featuring an incredibly maximum aperture of f/0.95, the lens is the fastest 35mm optic on the market.
The versatile focal length of 35mm is perfect for a multitude of genres, including street photography and wider portraiture work, but also for general reportage and travel photography too. The Argus 35mm benefits from one ED glass element, one aspherical lens element and four high-refractive-index glass elements in its ’14 elements / 9 groups’ construction.
The Argus 35mm f/0.95 FF features an aperture ring click switch mechanism so the users can select either a clicked or de-clicked aperture ring, which will appeal greatly to videographers who seek constant exposures when capturing footage. The fast aperture will also help videographers maintain a balanced exposure when filming low light scenes.
However, there’s no mistake that the stand out feature from the Argus 35mm is that incredible bokeh, which offers a creamy, atmospheric feel to the backdrop that is perfect for ethereal portraiture work. A 15-aperture blade design helps give the bokeh a smooth, rounded effect with hard edges so photographers can make the most of backgrounds when shooting wide open at f/0.95.
Other feature of Laowa’s Argus 35mm f/0.95 FF include an internal manual focusing system that the lens inherits from Laowa’s Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO optic and a low focus breathing system, which Laowa explains; ‘eliminates the distraction of the changes in angle of view when moving focus from one object to another.’
Other features of the lens include a filter thread of 72mm and a closest manual focusing distance of just 50cm, while the lens itself measures 76.8x103mm and – despite the fast glass – the lens isn’t overly heavy and tips the scales at 755g. Available to purchase now, the Laowa’s Argus 35mm f/0.95 FF is currently available for Canon RF, Nikon Z and Sony E mounts and carries a price-tag of around $900.