Chinese lens maker Laowa has confirmed the UK launch of a 105mm f/2 lens, due to go on sale later this month.

The Laowa 105mm f/2 (T3.2) STF is a manual-focus lens featuring Smooth Trans Focus (STF), designed to deliver ‘smooth transitions between crisp in-focus areas and creamy, defocused background or foreground’.

Due out later in March, priced £649.99, the full-frame-compatible lens is built from 11 elements in eight groups and boasts a 14-blade aperture.

It houses an apodisation filter for ‘superior bokeh rendering and crystal-sharp images’, according to Lancashire-based UK Optics (Laowa UK).

Made of a metal alloy, the lens boasts a minimum focus distance of 0.9m and is said to be perfect for portraiture.

It will be available in the following mounts: Nikon, Canon, Sony A, Sony E and Pentax.

The Laowa 105mm f/ (T3.2) STF is due to be showcased at The Photography Show in Birmingham from 19-22 March (Stand B91).