SLR Magic has become famous for their affordable high speed photo lenses in the F/0.95 range. Now they have introduced their first PL cine lens that is not only affordable but also innovative.
Andrew from SLR Magic today presented their new line of cinema lenses to us. The first lens they introduce is the SLR Magic APO Hyperprime Cine 50mm T2.1 lens.
The lens is a serious PL cine lens built from the ground up just like the other lenses they have been introducing for the photo market.
While the general concept of compact prime lenses with an interchangeable mount is known from market leader Zeiss, there is an innovative twist to this PL lens which they also intend to incorporate in other focal lengths:
The SLR Magic APO Hyperprime Cine 50mm T2.1 lens has an inner filter thread that accommodates circular screw-on filters like their very own Vari-ND filter. An honorable mention also to this product which has hard stops and this way avoids the typical unwanted cross effect and can be used more ergonomically.
We think this product looks very promising and we’re looking forward to the rest of their line cine lenses they intend to release in the next years, even though they might seem overly similar to the Zeiss Compact Primes with their interchangeable mount design.
See the video above for more details on pricing and availability.
This video makes me feel hesitant about shooting on a Panasonic GH2, but the lens looks exciting.
SLR magic is a lens manufactured based in Hong Kong and their affordable Noktor primes that all have an aperture of F/0.95 are very successful among HDSLR shooters.
As announced in September the company decided to start designing anamorphic lenses which can improve the image quality on widescreen formats. The anamorphic prototype as presented in the video above will squeeze a cinemscope image with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 into your HD camera’s 16:9 image. Apparently the lens will have an MFT mount and go well with a Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT.
About pricing Andrew says:
Pricing of this lens will be accessible as are SLR Magic’s other high end lenses. Pricing hasn’t ema5d.com/news/?p=12879″ target=”_blank”>announced in September been set yet so I cannot specifics on that other than to say “don’t worry”. The best anamorphic offerings on eBay like the Iscorama 36 and LOMO round-fronts are fetching between $3000 and $7000 now and this lens is not at all close to that price range thankfully.
They ask for feedback as they are still in the design stage and would like to know what you want to see implemented in the lens.
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