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SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 50mm T0.95 lens officially announced

SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 50mm T0.95 lens officially announced | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Today SLR Magic officially announced their HyperPrime CINE 50mm T0.95 lens which will be available in M mount, LM mount for cinematography,  E-mount and  for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Some pre-production samples can be found on LeicaRumors.
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SLR Magic launches HyperPrime 12mm F1.6 for Micro Four Thirds

SLR Magic launches HyperPrime 12mm F1.6 for Micro Four Thirds | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Hong Kong-based SLR Magic has formally announced its HyperPrime 12mm F1.6, a manual focus lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. This fast wideangle prime, which has been doing the rounds of testers and reviewers for the past few months, features a traditional aperture control ring and metal-bodied construction. Its optics include three Tantalum glass elements for 'superior cinematic performance'. It will be on sale from the end of November."

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This is the new full frame Noktor HyperPrime 50mm f/0.95 lens | Photo Rumors

This is the new full frame Noktor HyperPrime 50mm f/0.95 lens | Photo Rumors | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
This is the new full frame Noktor HyperPrime 50mm f/0.95 lens...
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SLR Magic Hyperprime 12mm f/1.6 - Review / Lens Test

SLR Magic Hyperprime 12mm f/1.6 - Review / Lens Test | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"The lack of speed" is still one of the most frequently used argument against micro-four-thirds. However, things have actually improved quite a bit recently. There's the well-known Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 and the ultra-large aperture Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 (manual focus). The Panasonic Leica DG SUMMILUX 25mm F1.4 ASPH and Olympus 45mm f/1.8 joined the speed club a few months ago as well.

Besides these popular genuine brands there're also a number of smaller players and one of the most exiting is SLR Magic who have just announced the SLR Magic Hyperprime 12mm f/1.6, an uncoupled, manual focus lens and obviously much wider than the existing high-speed offerings. Due to the lack of electronic coupling you will have to live without a camera-controlled aperture and no EXIF data in your images. This may sound somewhat limiting but the lens is very affordable (in relation to its speed) at just 499USD (via eBay).

The SLR Magic Team started in 2009 with c-mount conversion lenses before they founded SLR Magic in 2010 and acquired the full licensing rights for Noktor in May 2011 when Noktor couldn't sustain their lens production.
SLR Magic is based in Hong Kong and their lenses are manufactured in China as well as Japan and finally assembled and adjusted in Hong Kong. According to Andrew Chan, Product Manager from SLR Magic, the company believes "great images are better achieved with manual lenses". Furthermore, they try to achieve "images with character" and therfore they do their best to create "cinematographic lenses for photography use".
"The SLR Magic Hyperprime was a much more complex design than we thought, but we finally made it", said Andrew Chan and explained that they startet with a couple of prototype lenses months ago and sent them to a few very experienced reviewers to get their opinions before production. Finally, after some minor adjustments, the new SLR Magic Hyperprime was borne. Furthermore, Andrew Chan proudly pointed out that their success is based on "the excellent help and support from their distributors as well as their reviewers and volunteers."
Fair enough, let's have a closer look at the lens.

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New full frame Noktor HyperPrime 50mm f/0.95 lens will probably come in a Nikon mount

New full frame Noktor HyperPrime 50mm f/0.95 lens will probably come in a Nikon mount | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Few days ago, Noktor tweeted about a new full frame HyperPrime 50mm f/0.95 lens that is currently being tested. The exact mount is not yet known, but I have the feeling that Nikon F-mount will be one of the options. Noktor currently has a poll on their website about a potential 50mm f/0.95 lens for Nikon/Canon mounts. The new lens can be used on mFT and NEX cameras via adapter. The lens will have round aperture opening instead of hexagon shape, slide out hood and a metal ring around the lens. This will be a full frame lens and obviously will be different from the current APS-C version. The marking on the front reads “Made in Japan”.
Read more on NikonRumors.com: http://nikonrumors.com/2011/07/27/new-full-frame-noktor-hyperprime-50mm-f0-95-lens-will-probably-come-in-a-nikon-mount.aspx/#ixzz1TNjwgSoP
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