Today, the new SLRMagic 8mm f4 for Micro Four Thirds cameras was announced. This lens is being targeted at professional cinematographers and is touted as perfect for aerial photography. The SLRMagic 8mm f4 renders a 16mm f8 field of view and depth of field when compared to full frame offerings. The lens also exhibits very little distortion.
As you can see in the sample video shot with a drone and a Four Thirds camera, the SLRMagic 8mm f4 is very impressive. The build quality of the lens I’m sure will also hold up to the previous SLRMagic offerings–all had metal and smooth aperture rings. The company’s lenses tend to either be super sharp or have a very characteristic softness to them widely loved by people who like the classic look of some lenses. The cinema world really values that in some ways.
When it hits the market, the SLRMagic 8mm f4 will cost $349. You should expect it to be available to dealers in March. Personally, I’m kind of smitten with its classic design and look. It almost reminds me of old school Schneider lenses or some medium format lenses–except for the fact that this is a Micro Four Thirds offering.
Sorry Fujifilm, Canon, and Sony mirrorless camera users: we’re not going to get this lens. Though it would surely be very cool to mount on a Fujifilm X-T2 and shoot landscapes with the Velvia film simulation until the day is done.
SLR Magic 8mm F4
Lens Type: Ultra wide-angle lens
Compatible Cameras: All micro four thirds mount cameras
Optical Design: 9 elements in 8 groups
Distance Settings: Distance range: 0.10m to ∞, combined scale meter/feet
Aperture: Manually controlled diaphragm, 7 aperture blades , Lowest value 16
Angle of view: 140 degrees
Bayonet: micro four thirds
Filter Mount: Internal thread for 43mm filters; filter mount rotates while focusing.
Filter adapter (included) for 52mm filters
Surface Finish: Black anodised
Dimensions: Length to bayonet mount: approx. 41.4mm (approx. 1.63in)
Largest diameter: approx. 46.1mm (approx. 1.81in)
Weight: approx. 110g (approx. 3.9oz)