Venus Optics has announced the release of the Laowa Argus 35mm F0.95, the world’s fastest 35mm lens for full-frame cameras.

The manual focus lens is constructed of 14 elements in nine groups, including one aspherical element, one extra-low dispersion element and four ultra-high-refractive elements. It features a fifteen blade aperture diaphragm, an aperture range of F0.95 through F16, has a minimum focusing distance of 50cm (19.7”) and uses a 72mm front filter thread.

Following in line with other Laowa lenses released lately, the Laowa Argus 35mm F0.95 features an aperture ring click switch so users can ‘de-click’ the aperture for smoother transitions. Venus Optics notes the lens ‘inherits an internal focusing characteristics from Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO,’ which helps prevent external components, such as matte boxes, from moving while focusing. The lens also has minimal focus focus breathing.

Below are a collection of sample photos from the Laowa Argus 35mm F0.95 FF, provided by Venus Optics:

Laowa Argus 35mm F0.95 FF is available for Canon RF, Nikon Z and Sony E mount camera systems and can be purchased via Venus Optics’ official website and authorized resellers for $899. The first 100 units ship with a free focus gear belt.

Venus Laowa Argus 30mm F0.95 FF specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typePrime lens
Max Format size35mm FF
Focal length35 mm
Image stabilizationNo
Lens mountCanon RF, Nikon Z, Sony FE
Aperture
Maximum apertureF1
Minimum apertureF16
Aperture ringYes
Number of diaphragm blades15
Optics
Elements14
Groups9
Special elements / coatings1 aspherical + 1 ED + 4 UHR elements
Focus
Minimum focus0.50 m (19.69)
Maximum magnification0.1×
AutofocusNo
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleYes
Physical
Weight755 g (1.66 lb)
Diameter77 mm (3.03)
Length103 mm (4.06)
ColourBlack
Filter thread72 mm
Hood suppliedYes