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SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 12mm T1.6 w/ Gear

Upon popular request, SLR Magic has decided to redesign the exterior of their HyperPrime CINE 12mm T1.6 lens for Micro Four Thirds, adding fixed gears around the focus and aperture rings (the previous CINE version of the lens had optional gears.) This way, the lens can be easily used with a follow-focus system in videography applications. For still photography, the added gears provide extra grip when operating the focus and aperture rings. Existing users of the HyperPrime 12mm f1.6 (non-CINE version) can have their lens upgraded to the current version with gears for US-$ 250.

Our review of the original SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm f1.6 for Micro Four Thirds can be found here.

The Micro Four Thirds system has the biggest choice of lenses of all mirrorless systems so far.

The holiday season is just around the corner, so it’s time to think about the right gear for your holiday pictures. If you’re a Micro Four Thirds user, you’re in a lucky position, as we have seen a whole slew of new lenses for the system in this year — in addition to the great lenses we already had. So no matter whether you’re on the search for a lens to use yourself, or for one to give away to someone for Christmas — this guide will help you pick one (or two, or more) from the vastness of glass that is available for the system by now.

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Andrew Chan from SLR Magic at photokina 2012, holding a Fuji X-Pro 1 equipped with their new 35mm T0.95 cine lens.

With much regret, we recently learned of the news that SLR Magic, the company that brought us the 12mm f1.6 HyperPrime for Micro Four Thirds and the 50mm T0.95 HyperPrime for Leica M, will discontinue all development of M-mount lenses. In an official press release, the company states that this decision has been made due to a lot of negative feedback on the 50mm T0.95 HypePrime for Leica M.


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The new SLR Magic 50mm T0.95

Those who have been closely following the announcements on the regular rumors channels in recent months might be aware that a Hong Kong based lens developer called “SLR Magic”, so far best known for their cheap and cheerful “toy lenses” for Micro Four Thirds, is about to introduce a new über-fast 50mm lens for Leica M mount. And from the looks of it, this lens could mean serious competition for Leica’s world-class low-light lens, the highly-regarded and insanely pricey Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95.

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We had a hands-on experience with the SLR Magic 12mm f1.6 Noktor lens and we also reviewed it. During that review, we tested the lens on the Olympus EP2 and EPM1. Recently, I got my hands on the EP3 while at lunch with a co-worker. So how does the new lens perform when in front of the new and internally developed sensor?

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When this lens came in, we did a quick hands on with it. Over a period of thorough use, the little big lens (yes I said that) has become a permanent fixture on my Olympus EP2; since it is too big and heavy to be on my EPM1. When it comes to America, it will retail for around $500. But will it be $500 well spent?

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