Venus Optics ‘Laowa’ 105mm f/2 (T/3.2) STF Lens Review
Photographer Christopher Frost recently published a review of the new ‘Laowa’ 105mm f/2 (T/3.2) lens by the innovative Chinese manufacturer Venus Optics.
Venus Optics knows how to produce high quality optics – we have seen that in the past and this review seems to be a testament for this yet again. This time we are looking at another interesting lens from the company which brings to the relatively “normal 105mm f/2 lens an apodization (APD) element which is designed to improve the look of the out of focus areas.
This is not the first lens to have this – a small number of lenses included this in the past and more recently we tested the Fujifilm XF56mm F1.2 R APD lens which was the first AF lens to have such a filter (although the lens is great otherwise – the AF – especially in low light leaves a lot to be desired). In this case there is only manual focus (and a very good one at that) so these issues are not relevant.
What is relevant is the image quality and according to Frost it is spectacular – across the frame almost from the widest aperture – very impressive.
Here are the main specs for the Laowa’ 105mm f/2 (T/3.2) lens:
- Focal length: 105mm (full frame coverage with apodization (APD) element).
- Aperture: max f/2 (min f/22).
- Construction: 11 elements in 8 groups.
- min shooting distance: 90 cm.
- Max magnification 1:6.25.
- Manual focus only.
- Filter size: 67mm.
- Weight 745 grams.
- Aperture blades: 14 (!).
- Mounts: Canon/Nikon/Sony FE & A/Pentax/MFT/Fuji X.
- Price: $700 (online).
This isn’t the first time that we bring you a review of a lens made by Venus Optics actually Frost himself reviewed their interesting 60mm super macro lens and there is one more review of that lens we have published – both very positive so Venus Optics are apparently doing something right.