Venus Optics Announces the Laowa 105mm f/2 (t/3.2) Smooth Trans Focus Lens, ‘the Bokeh Dreamer’

by Keith Alvendia4 Comments

I don't publish everything that comes across my desk, but for some reason, the bokeh on this lens really grabbed me. 

My current lens of choice is the Canon 70-200 f2.8 II IS and I use it a lot when photographing people… and I'm really curious to see what this lens could do… so I've asked them for a review copy (not sure if I'll get it but worth asking).

They're saying some good words “This optical design is proven to deliver images with extreme sharpness and limit the chromatic abberations at its lowest.” Along with labeling it the “Bokeh Dreamer” they're setting a high expectation.

We'll see right?

Venus Optics Announces the Laowa 105mm f/2 (t/3.2) Smooth Trans Focus Lens, ‘the Bokeh Dreamer’

Via Press Release:

An apodization element is incorporated to produce images with smooth and creamy bokeh while maintaining excellent sharpness at the focal plane.

Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f2 t3.2 image 1

Anhui China, Mar 10, 2016 – Venus Optics, the Chinese camera lenses manufacturer who had launched the world’s Widest 1:1 Macro lens last June, has just released another extraordinary lens, Laowa 105mm f/2 (t/3.2) Smooth Trans Focus Lens for DSLR cameras.

The new Laowa 105mm f/2 Smooth Trans Focus Lens incorporates an unique optical design with an apodization (APD) element next to the aperture. The APD element resembles the function of an ND filter which becomes thicker towards the perimeter, gradually reducing the amount of light transmission towards the periphery to produce a soft, natural and beautifully diffused out-of-focus rendition (or called bokeh).

Apodization Element

The new Laowa 105mm f/2 Smooth Trans Focus Lens offers two separate diaphragms. The stepless 14-bladed perfectly circular aperture, in conjunction with the apodization element gives this lens the ability to produce smooth and pleasing bokeh. It is also useful for videographers to control the amount of light passes through the lens. The 8-bladed aperture is to determine the effective aperture opening (f-number) and the depth-of-field formed.

The lens houses with 11 elements in 8 groups with 1 piece of High Refractive elements, 3 pieces of Low Dispersion elements and 1pc of Apodisation element. This optical design is proven to deliver images with extreme sharpness and limit the chromatic abberations at its lowest. Floating design is also adopted to ensure a superb performance even in close focusing distance. The enclosure of the lens is fully made of metal to strengthen its durability. Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony FE, Sony Alpha and Pentax K mounts are available.

Sample photos can be found in our official website (www.venuslens.net)

Pricing and Availability
The Laowa 105mm f/2 Smooth Trans Focus lens will be available at authorized resellers and at the English official website (www.venuslens.net). The recommended retail price without tax is USD 699. Free shipping will be provided during the promotion period. Pre-order starts from today and shipping for Canon EF / Nikon AI / Sony FE mounts will start from April. Delivery for Sony A / Pentax K mounts will start from May.

Specifications

MTF & Optical Structure

MTF and Optical Structure

Sample Photos

Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f2 t3.2 sample 1

Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f2 t3.2 sample 2

Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f2 t3.2 sample 3

Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f2 t3.2 sample 4

Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f2 t3.2 sample 5

Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f2 t3.2 sample 6

 

About Us
Anhui ChangGeng Optical Technology Company Limited (Venus Optics) is a new Chinese camera lens manufacturer based in Hefei, Anhui. We currently manufacture and distribute camera lenses under the brand name of ‘Laowa’.

For more information about Anhui ChangGeng Optical Technology Company Limited and our products information, visit www.venuslens.net/

(cover photo credit: snap from Venus Optics)


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Comments

  1. Sean

    Keep in mind that the sample images for this lens have been heavily edited in Photoshop. Check the bottom of the following post for a download link to the full EXIF info for one of their sample images:

    www.the-digital-picture.com/News/News-Post.aspx?News=17853

    You’ll notice there have been a lot of corrections – sharpness / clarity increases, contrast adjustments, reduced CA, etc.

  2. William Sommerwerck

    Am I correct in assuming that the poor T-stop value is due to the falloff introduced by the apodizing element?

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