"SLR Magic is an interesting new chinese lens brand. They are manufacturing manual focus lenses for various mounts including Micro-Four-Thirds and Sony NEX. So far most of their lenses were found on the cheaper end of the food chain but they are keen of delivering more ambitious products in the future. We’ve already tested their 12mm f/1.6 in Micro-Four-Thirds mount with good results. However, they have just released a very different beast – the SLR Magic Hyperprime LM CINE 50mm T/0.95 in Leica M mount – it is a build-to-order product. Some of you may not be familiar with the T-value here - it refers to the effective light transmission characteristic rather than the calculated f-number (the T-value is slower than the f-number). At ca. 3000$ it is certainly far from being cheap in absolute terms. However, compared to the Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 it is almost affordable. Please note that it is very different to the Hyperprime 50mm f/0.95 that has already been available for MFT for around 1000$ - this may be a bit confusing so watch out for the details of the lens name.
We’ll provide a Leica M mount review later but as a teaser we have done a quick test based on the Sony NEX 7 and a Metabones Leica M to NEX adapter. Such a setup can only be used with manual focusing and aperture-priority (or M) mode. Due to the purely manual coupling there is no lens specific EXIF data."