Venus Optics reveals 28mm f/1.2 lens for Mirrorless Cameras

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Venus Optics reveals 28mm f/1.2 lens for Mirrorless Cameras


Venus Optics, a third-party lens manufacturer, has just launched its latest offering: the Laowa Argus 28mm f/1.2 FF lens. This new addition to the Laowa Argus line is a manual lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.2, making it the fastest 28mm lens currently available for mirrorless camera systems.

As with all of Venus Optics’ lenses, the Laowa Argus 28mm f/1.2 is entirely manual, with no electronic components. The lens features a manual aperture ring and a switch to click or de-click that ring, making it ideal for video applications. It also has distance markings and a hyperfocal guide to help with manual focus.

The lens is made of metal, which makes it more robust and rugged than plastic bodies. However, it is not weather-sealed, so it’s best not to use it in harsh environments. Despite its metal construction, it is still relatively compact and lightweight, weighing only 1.2 pounds and measuring 2.69 by 4.18 inches. The lens is compatible with 62mm filters.

The Laowa Argus 28mm f/1.2 FF is an ideal low-light lens with an attractive 13-blade aperture for bokeh. It can focus as close as 19.69 inches and has 13 elements in seven groups, including two ultra-high refractive (UHR) elements and two extra-low dispersion (ED) elements, to improve contrast and sharpness. The lens promises edge-to-edge sharpness even when wide open.

The 28mm focal length is versatile and can be used for landscapes, environmental portraiture, street photography, close-up shots, and astrophotography, among others. The Laowa Argus 28mm f/1.2 FF is a great option for photographers who want a 28mm lens as there are limited choices for mirrorless cameras at the moment. The lens is available for purchase from Venus Optics directly for $599 for Leica L-mount, Sony E-mount, Nikon Z-mount, and Canon RF-mount users.

Overall, the Laowa Argus 28mm f/1.2 FF is an excellent choice for photographers who want an affordable yet quality wide-angle lens with exceptional sharpness and attractive bokeh. While it may not have autofocus or any communication between the lens and camera, it is an excellent investment for photographers who are comfortable with manual lenses.

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