Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f/2 Smooth Trans Focus Lens for Sony E

Model #VE10520SFE

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Specifications

Physical

Weight 1.64 lb (745 g)
Filter Thread Front: 67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.99 x 3.89" (76 x 98.9 mm)

Performance

Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital SensorAPS-C
Angle of View 23° 16'
Minimum Focus Distance 2.95' (90 cm)
Focal Length 105mm
Elements/Groups 11/8
Diaphragm Blades 8
Magnification 0.16x
Aperture Maximum: f/2Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony E (Full-Frame)

Features

Autofocus No
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.34972991
30 June 2016
8.0/10

The Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f/2 (t/3.2) Smooth Trans Focus is a manual focus lens that captures images with silky smooth backgrounds and offers dual aperture control for photographers and videographers.

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    Dim corners at wide apertures., Manual focus isn't for everyone.

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    Extremely sharp., Wide aperture design., Dual aperture control rings., Apodization element smooths backgrounds., Available for multiple systems.

Opticallimits.35047338
20 February 2019

Startup lens manufacturers face a rather difficult business environment these days. The market is not only crowded but it's also shrinking. Competing on the same grounds with the more established players is a hopeless or at least tiresome task.

Photodo.33034400
8 July 2016

Laowa are one of a few manufacturers who are producing very interesting and innovative niche lenses. The Laowa 105mm f/2 Smooth Trans Focus lens is one of a handful of optics that utilize an apodization element.

The phoblographer.34645560
16 August 2016

If and when you manage to get those “keeper shots” you’ll be rewarded with an amazing image overall. I genuinely digg this lens, and the more advanced photographer will absolutely adore it.

Photography blog.34969604
2 November 2017
8.0/10

The Laowa 105mm f/2 (T3.2) STF lens is an exceptionally well made and durable lens. It’s heavy, it’s solid and it feels lovely in the hand.When shooting with the sweet spot of the lens which is f/4, image quality is top drawer. It is possible to get really sharp images.

Lenstip com.34355424
9 August 2016

Testing the Venus Optics LAOWA STF 105 mm f/2 (T3.2) was a real pleasure for me. Not only it is able to generate exceptionally sharp images but also it provides an additional function, allowing you to play with out-of-focus blur in a creative way.

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    solid, metal and stylish casing,, sensational image quality in the frame centre,, very good image quality on the edge of the APS-C/DX and full frame sensors,, slight longitudinal chromatic aberration,, negligible lateral chromatic aberration,, zero distortion,, lack of serious coma issues,,...

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    problems with roundness of the 9-blade diaphragm,, some issues concerning spherical aberration,, weak performance against bright light.

27 July 2016
8.0/10

It's nicknamed the 'Bokeh Dreamer', but is this Laowa lens worth purchasing for portraiture? Michael Topham puts this unique lens to the test

Trusted reviews.33834858
26 July 2016

The Laowa 105mm f/2 (T3.2) STF is a niche lens that won’t appeal to everyone. The fact that it’s manual focus only lends it to subjects that are static, and with those that move unpredictably it’s unlikely you’ll find focus fast enough using this lens.

Ephotozine.34750887
5 May 2016
8.0/10

Laowa certainly knows how to make exciting and different lenses. It's always good to see lenses that go beyond the pure technicalities, offering some unique “feel” or “character” to images.

User Reviews
Imaging resource.34355410
23 September 2017
10/10

This is a great lens for some portraits. I do a little side gig and help out some lower income kids with their senior portraits. When I was a kid I couldn't afford things like that so this lens is fantastic when I do portraits for these kids out here. Great review!

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    Great quality and durable.

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    Not too much

B h photo.34921152
2 March 2017
10/10

The images created by this lens are tack sharp. The bokeh is extremely pleasing when comparing to other portrait lenses I owned. The dual aperture ring is also a bonus for videographer as well. Definitely recommend this little gem to my friends.

Amazon.32817384
24 July 2017
8.0/10

I got the Canon version and the electronic connection doesn't work on the 5dS. I had to put tape over it to get it to work. It's also easy to use the wrong apurture set since you have both tstop and fstops. The bokeh and sharpness of this lens makes up for it though. No can or distortion either.

B h photo.34921152
3 March 2018
10/10

King of bokeh, you can buy all the expensive lens out there but the Laowa 105mm f/2 STF by Venus Optics beats the competitions hands down. This lens is constructed with performance in mind. You set the focus, aperture and the STF manually in fact, this can double as a cine lens.

Amazon.32817384
18 February 2017
10/10

This lens is Awesome! If you are reading this you most likely already know what is is capable of-GREAT BOKEH. This is not a point and shoot, snap shot type lens, it is best when you take the time to compose your shot.

Product Highlights
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 (T3.2) to f/22
  • One Apodization Element for Smooth Bokeh
  • Three Low Dispersion Elements
  • One Extra Refractive Index Element
  • Manual Focus and Manual Aperture Ring
  • Dual Diaphragms: 8- and 14-Blades
In The Box
  • Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f/2 Smooth Trans Focus Lens for Sony E
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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