Venus Optics Announces Laowa Argus 28mm f/1.2 FF Lens


Venus Optics announces the fast aperture Laowa Argus 28mm f/1.2 FF lens for full frame Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF & L mount mirrorless cameras.

Anhui China, 28 March, 2023 – Venus Optics is releasing a new Argus (Ultra-fast Aperture Series) – Laowa Argus 28mm f/1.2 FF. It has a modern take on the classic and versatile 28mm focal length. Rendering impressive sharpness and optical performance even at wide-open. Work beautifully as an everyday lens in the day and in low-light situations as well. The slightly wide angle of view is ideal for street, landscape, and environmental portrait photography. A 62mm filter thread is available for any screw-in filters, giving photographers the option to create shallow DoF images even when the sun is up. The lens itself is only about 562g and 68.5 x 106mm in size. Making it an excellent travel companion.

An Extremely Versatile Focal Length

The 28mm has a 75.4° angle of view paired with a fast f/1.2 aperture, photographers can now have more control over how much background information is to be included and how isolated the subject is from its surrounding. This also gives more flexibility when framing the scene. Perfect for many uses including street, documentary, landscape, portrait, and even astrophotography.

A Perfect Travel Companion

Despite being so versatile, the lens only weighs 562g(19.82oz), which makes it a perfect travel companion for someone who loves records of every precious moment with a camera.


Ultra-fast f/1.2 Aperture

With its f/1.2 Ultra-Fast Aperture, the lens can easily create a shallow depth of field and allow for easy subject separation. The large aperture is also good for getting lovely bokeh that gives the image a touch of artistic sense.

Lovely and Expressive Bokeh with the 13-Blade Aperture

With the 13-blade aperture, this 28mm lens can render creamy round bokeh on out-of-focus backgrounds. It is smoother and hence more appealing in the scenes with some light source at the back.

Perfect for low-light shooting

Photographers can shoot with a faster shutter speed in low-light environments without bumping the ISO up, well-suited for night photography.

Remarkable Sharpness at f/1.2

Incorporating two UHR and two ED lens elements, the 28mm is able to deliver a sharpness with stunning details and contrast even wide-open at f/1.2.

62mm Filter Thread

The lens is equipped with a 62mm filter thread. ND, CPL, or other screw-in filters can be easily used with the lens. No need to carry a heavy filter holder. Also, photographers can now shoot wide-open even in broad daylight simply by putting on an ND filter.

Video Friendly

The 28mm lens is not only suited for photography. Its design is also optimized for fitting the needs of videographers.

Aperture Click Switch Mechanism

The Aperture Ring Click Switch Mechanism allows you to choose whether to have a clicked or silent aperture ring. It is a useful function to support both photography and video needs.

Internal Focusing

The design of internal focusing avoids collision of the lens and other objects. And it can use the accessories designed to be set to a specific position such as polarizers. It also prevents dust from falling into the lens.



Focal Distance: 28mm
Format: Full Frame
Aperture Range: f/1.2 – f/16
Angle of view: 75.4°
Lens Design: 13 elements in 7 groups (2 ED glass and 2 UHR glass)
Aperture Blades: 13
Minimum Focus Distance: 19.69″ / 50cm
Max. Magnification: 0.073X
Focusing: MF
Filter Thread: 62mm
Dimensions: 2.7 x 4.2″ / 68.5 x 106.31mm
Weight: 19.82oz / 562g
Mounts: Sony E / Nikon Z / Canon RF / L mount
Price: $599

Pricing & Availability

The New Laowa Argus 28mm f/1.2 FF is currently available to purchase from the Venus Optics website and authorized resellers. The US price for Laowa Argus 28mm f/1.2 FF is $599 USD for all mounts. Pricing may vary in different countries.

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