Laowa Argus 25mm F0.95 APO Review (a serious lens, D. Abbott)

Laowa Argus 25mm

Just announced, the Laowa Argus 25mm F0.95 APO lens for APS-C sensors already has a full review.

At a glance:

  • Aperture Range: f/0.95 to f/11
  • 50mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Internal Focus Design
  • 1 Aspherical Element, 1 ED Element
  • 3 Ultra-High Refraction Elements
  • 9 Aperture Blades
  • 62mm Filter Thread
  • Manual Focus

Dustin Abbott posted his exhaustive Laowa Argus 25mm F0.95 APO review. From his conclusion:

The Laowa Argus 25mm F0.95 APO is both similar and different than the Argus 35mm F0.95 full frame lens that I reviewed. The APO design does alter the formula, which results in more usable sharpness results at huge aperture values like F0.95.

It also means that the bokeh isn’t quite as soft, however, which might turn off some of the core audience that is interested in a lens like this.

These are all a matter of preference, however, and what is definite is that there is always room for more premium prime lenses for APS-C, a space that often gets overlooked.  This is a serious lens, and it is interesting to see Laowa bring some of their APO experience that they’ve developed in their macro lens designs into a more extreme lens like this.  You’ll have to determine for yourself whether or not the end result is something you’re looking for, but I will say this:  the list of F0.95 lenses with an Apochromatic design and a price tag of under $550 USD is a VERY short one.  

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Canon EOS R7 Review (a great wildlife and sports camera)

Canon Eos R7 Review

The Canon EOS R7 appears to be rather popular with reviewer. Here is another Canon EOS R7 review.

At a glance:

  • 32.5MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF II
  • 4K60 10-Bit Video, HDR-PQ & C-Log 3
  • 30 fps E. Shutter, 15 fps Mech. Shutter
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF
  • 1.6m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Sensor-Shift 5-Axis Image Stabilization
  • Dual UHS-II Memory Card Slots
  • Multi-Function Shoe, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Photography Blog posted their full Canon EOS R7 review. They gave a 4.5/5 rating and a “Highly Recommended”. From their conclusion:

The R7 combines a more affordable APS-C sensor with lots of technologies and ideas that have trickled down from higher up the full-frame food chain, most notably the superlative Dual Pixel CMOS AF II autofocus system and fast burst rates, both of which make the R7 a great wildlife and sports camera.

Add in 4K/60p video with no crop, up to 8-stops of image stabilisation and a 32.5 megapixel, high-resolution sensor, and you have a very capable all-rounder that out-performs all previous Canon APS-C cameras, either DSLRs or mirrorless, and is also a very worthy alternative to the full-frame EOS R and RP models.

Our main bugbear is not with the R7 and R10 cameras themselves, but rather the lens support, or lack of it. OK, so the EOS RF-S mount is still very much in its infancy, but it would have been nice to see Canon offering something more interesting than two slow zoom lenses from day one, even if they are very affordable.

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Canon EOS R7:

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Canon EOS R7 Review (video)

Canon Eos R7 Review

Here is a new Canon EOS R7 review.

At a glance:

  • 32.5MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF II
  • 4K60 10-Bit Video, HDR-PQ & C-Log 3
  • 30 fps E. Shutter, 15 fps Mech. Shutter
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF
  • 1.6m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Sensor-Shift 5-Axis Image Stabilization
  • Dual UHS-II Memory Card Slots
  • Multi-Function Shoe, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Christopher Frost posted his Canon EOS R7 review. Enjoy.

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Canon EOS R7:

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Canon RF-S 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Review (a genuinely useful lens, D. Abbott)

Canon RF-S 18-150mm F/3.5-6.3 IS STM Review

Here is a Canon RF-S 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM review by one of our favorite gear reviewers.

At a glance:

  • RF-S-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 29-240mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-6.3 to f/40
  • One UD Element & Two Aspherical Elements
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • STM Stepping AF Motor
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm

Dustin Abbott posted his full and comprehensive Canon RF-S 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM review. From his conclusion:

There’s no question that the [RF-S 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM] didn’t exactly ace my modern testing standards, particularly on the higher resolution sensor of the Canon EOS R7.  This is a lens that is more valuable for its versatility than it’s optical performance in any particular area.  At the same time, however, it does deliver great looking images that hold up well on any level but the pixel level.  And, to be fair, because of the way that modern images are shared there will rarely be opportunities for those images to be seen on a pixel level.  And don’t forget that high magnification that adds even more versatility.

While I would like to have seen Canon’s new APS-C mirrorless lineup launch with some genuinely new and unique lenses, I am glad that the RF-S 18-150mm is part of the opening lineup.  It’s a genuinely useful lens that remains a far more intriguing “kit lens” to me because of great zoom range, compact size, and good enough performance in basically all areas.

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Canon RF-S 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM:

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Canon EOS R7 Review (lot of camera for reasonable money, D. Abbott)

Canon Eos R7 Review

Here is a Canon EOS R7 review. The Canon EOS R7 is Canon’s first APS-C mirrorless camera with RF mount and users and reviewers seem to love it.

At a glance:

  • 32.5MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF II
  • 4K60 10-Bit Video, HDR-PQ & C-Log 3
  • 30 fps E. Shutter, 15 fps Mech. Shutter
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF
  • 1.6m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Sensor-Shift 5-Axis Image Stabilization
  • Dual UHS-II Memory Card Slots
  • Multi-Function Shoe, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • RF-S 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens

Dustin Abbott posted his comprehensive Canon EOS R7 review. From his conclusion:

[…] the Canon EOS R7 is a lot of camera for a reasonable amount of money.  It has a lot going for it, from the blistering burst rate in either mechanical (3FPS faster than the EOS R3) or electronic shutter mode to the excellent, high resolution 32.5MP sensor.  This is a tool that makes it easy to capture images in a wide variety of situations.

The focus system is largely borrowed from the EOS R3, which means that it is among Canon’s best, and the great focus and blistering frame rate is held back only by buffers that fill a little too quickly.

Canon does ergonomics extremely well, and the EOS R7 feels great in the hand and is intuitive to operate.

At a price point of $1499 USD, this is the spiritual successor of the very popular 7D series.  It is reborn in mirrorless form and is all the better for it.  The EOS R7 does things the 7D could only dream of, and despite a decade of inflation since the last 7D model, the price remains the same.  Canon has jumped into the RF APS-C space very ably, but now they need to fully commit with a wide range of RF-S lenses that will make the system – and not just the camera – competitive.

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More Canon EOS R7 information, reviews and more is listed here.

Canon EOS R7:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Canon DE, Canon UK