The Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f/2 is Bokehlicious


Venus Optics is today announcing a brand new lens for DSLR cameras. It is a 100m f2 lens that is all manual focus and has a metal exterior. With a maximum aperture of f2, it also has 11 elements in 8 groups as well as 8 aperture blades. The imaging circle offers full frame coverage, which works well with Sony A mount, Canon EF, NikonF and Pentax K mounts. However, they’re also making a version for Sony FE mount cameras.

The Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f/2 (as it’s called) can also focus as closely as a little under three feet. It will ship out in May for a price of $699. Sample photos are after the jump.








  • jimbox
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    The proof is in the shooting.

  • Bakersfield
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    Just curious…aside from being manual focus only, is this lens supposed to be superior to the $500 Canon EF 100/f2?

    • longzoom
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      Hard to judge till we don’t know what PP was behind… Let us wait for real tests from reliable sources. So far this lens looks winner, to me, personally.

  • Turbofrog
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    Yes, this is much more like a competitor to the legendary Sony 135mm/f2.8/T4.5 STF than it is to any ordinary 100mm/f2.

  • TheShipOfSalvation
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    This Vs. Nikon 105mm F2 DC? I am still waiting for the Tamron 85mm VC for my portrait work.

  • longzoom
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    Beautiful images, gallery-quality! Thanks!

  • Ben Olry
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    It should be noted that this lens is a highly specialized lens. Although it has an F2 Aparture it has a relatively slow T-rating of 3.2 due to the built in apodisation filter.

    From the press release:
    “UK OPTICS (LAOWA UK) is pleased to present the Laowa 105mm F2 STF Lens. STF stands for Smooth Trans Focus, in reference to its special optical system, which is intended to deliver smooth transitions between crisp in-focus areas and creamy defocused background or foreground areas. This unique manual focus only lens has an integrated apodisation filter that provides superior bokeh rendering and crystal sharp images.”