SLR Magic Updates the 12mm T1.6 HyperPrime for Micro Four Thirds

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.

Holiday 2012: Recommended Lenses for Micro Four Thirds

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

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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SLR Magic to Discontinue Development of M-Mount Lenses

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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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SLR Magic: Why Leica Might Have To Pull Their Socks Up

The new SLR Magic 50mm T0.95

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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Hands On Review: SLR Magic 12mm f1.6 Noktor Lens for Micro Four Thirds

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer SLR MAgic 12mm f1.6 (1 of 2)

When news of the SLR Magic 12mm f1.6 Hyperprime broke, we announced it on our Facebook page. Our copy literally just came in the door yesterday, here’s a quick video preview of the lens. Note that this lens was primarily developed for videographers and in my conversations with the SLR Magic reps, the lens actually has T-stops and not F-stops. So like the Zeiss 85mm that we had hands on time with, it’s a cinema prime. What are T-stops? We explain it a bit in this article; but they’re f-stops only much more accurate.

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Samples of the Noktor F0.95 Lens Available on Flickr

Samples of the Noktor F0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds have appeared on Flickr. We’ve been very excited about this lens for a while in our postings and we know for a fact that Steve Huff is getting one soon. Those of you interested in Micro Four Thirds and the format should surely check this out. On a personal point of view note: I think this lens needs to be stopped down a bit for better sharpness.

Update: Here’s a video shot with the lens using the Panasonic GH1. Noktor – Shoot Wide Open from Noktor on Vimeo.