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Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO Review: So. Much. Bokeh.

Venus Optics' Laowa lenses have been growing in both notoriety and popularity over the last few years thanks to their nearly constant stream of new and interesting optics for a wide variety of mounts. The company's latest is backed by the high-quality promise of its new Argus line: the Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 CF APO for APS-C systems.

Laowa Brings Four of its Popular Lenses to L-Mount

Venus Optics has announced that four popular Laowa lenses are being released for L-mount. Two wide-angle lenses, the 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye and the 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D, and two macro lenses, the 24mm f/14 2X Macro Probe and the 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro, are available to order now.

Venus Optics Unveils 11mm f/4.5 Lens for Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Specialty lens maker Venus Optics has just released another interesting optic. The Laowa 11mm f/4.5 FF RL is the world's widest rectilinear lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras that can still accept screw-on filters, offering a 126° field of view from a surprisingly small package.

Macro Lens Test: Canon, Nikon, Sony, Laowa, Sigma, and Tamron Compared

Photographer Christopher Frost has put together one of the most comprehensive and detailed macro lens shootouts we've ever seen. In this video he tests the latest 100mm (ish) f/2.8 macro lenses from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Sigma, Tamron, and Laowa to see how they compare in terms of build, usability and performance.

Long Term Review: Two Years with the Laowa 25mm 2.5-5x Ultra Macro Lens

Two years ago, Venus Optics sent macro photographer Thomas Shahan their Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro lens for testing. Now, after two continuous years of real-world use and testing, he's finally gotten around to sharing his thoughts in a thoughtful review that will be a huge help to any extreme macro photographers who are considering this lens.

Venus Optics Releases 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens with 210° Field of View

Venus Optics has been slowly releasing the four lenses it teased back in April of 2018. We saw the 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 for Sony E-Mount in October, the 100mm 2x Macro for full-frame DSLRs in June, and the 17mm f/4 Zero-D for Fuji GFX earlier this month. Today, they're officially releasing the last lens: the Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Circular Fisheye for Micro Four Thirds systems.

Venus Optics Brings 15mm f/2 and 10-18mm Lenses to Canon RF and Nikon Z

Chinese lens maker Venus Optics is bringing two of its ultra-wide angle lenses to Canon and Nikon's full-frame mirrorless systems. The Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D, which is now available for both the Canon RF and Nikon Z mounts, and the Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom, which will only be released for the Nikon Z system.

Venus Optics Unveils 4 Lenses: 10-18mm, 100mm, 17mm, and 4mm

Venus Optics has just announced four upcoming lenses that are currently in development: the Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom, 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO, 17mm f/4 GFX Zero-D, and 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye MFT. The 10-18mm will be the world's widest zoom lens for Sony full-frame E-mount cameras.

The $399 Laowa 25mm Macro Lens vs the $1,050 Canon MP-E 65mm

In January 2018, I had the opportunity to test a pre-production version of Laowa's first lens in 2018, the Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5x. It is a niche high magnification macro lens touted to be the answer or alternative to the Canon MP-E 65mm for non-Canon users (especially Nikon macro photographers).

Review: The Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D is a Fine Lens at a Fair Price

A few weeks ago Laowa sent me a copy of their first lens dedicated to Sony’s full frame E-mount system, the 15mm f/2. This lens is meant for landscape and astrophotographers who want to capture as much of the beautiful night sky as possible; which means wide and fast.

Venus Optics Unveils World’s Fastest 15mm and World’s Widest MFT Lenses

Venus Optics, creators of the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 with 'close to zero distortion,' are unveiling two new extreme lenses at Photokina. The Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D, the world's fastest 15mm rectilinear lens for full-frame cameras, and the Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT, the world’s widest f/2 Lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras.