SLR Magic has announced a new, incredibly cheap and fast 50mm prime. The SLR Magic f/1.1 50mm FE lens is rivalled only by one other as the fastest full frame Sony E Mount lens on the market, all for a price of under $350.
The SLR Magic Cine 50mm f/1.1 is an FE mount lens meaning it is suitable for full frame Sony E mount cameras like the Sony a7R II & a7S II as well as Super35mm sensor cameras such as the Sony FS7 or FS5.
Billed as a Cine lens we get geared aperture & focus rings as well as a de-clicked iris, the aperture diaphragm is made up of 13-blades also (more than the average stills lens). The rest resembles a typical older 35mm prime; the lens is still very compact in size with a 52mm filter thread and distance markings only on the top.
The SLR Magic Cine 50mm f/1.1 is built up of 6 elements in 5 groups and has a black anodized construction.
Most sub f/1.2 lenses are designed for less sensitive smaller sensors such as the Micro Four Thirds format, the SLR Magic Cine 50mm f/1.1 FE enters the super fast lens bracket, next to it’s much more expensive bigger brother the SLR Magic HyperPrime Cine 50mm T0.95.
I’m very excited to see how this lens performs, a compact vintage-esque form factor is one Zeiss has taken up with their Loxia E mount lens line. The difference here is a price of just $349, making it a very attractive package indeed.
The tiny form factor will sit well with Sony mirrorless cameras like the a7R II and a7S II. Speaking of size, here’s the official stats:
Length to bayonet mount: approx. 54.8mm (approx. 2.16in)
Largest diameter: approx. 63.00mm (approx. 2.48in)
Approx. 400g (approx. 14.11oz)
Release date is scheduled for the end of this year, the lens will also be available to view at the upcoming InterBEE 2015 fair in Tokyo that starts today. We’re there reporting live so stay tuned over the next couple of days.