SLR Magic 50mm f/1.1 Cine Version II – Same Price, Better Lens

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SLR Magic 50mm f/1.1 Cine Version II - Same Price, Better Lens

SLR Magic has announced a new lens for Sony E mount. The 50mm f/1.1 Cine Version II is an update following the apparent success of their compact manual cinema/photo lenses.

We reviewed the original SLR Magic 50mm f/1.1 some three years ago. It was an interesting release as the initial observations marked a few optical flaws with the lens.

As a result, SLR magic halted production, tweaked the design and released the lens with improved performance.

The new 50mm f/1.1 Cine Version II is said to be optically further improved.

Edge to edge performance has been a focus (excuse the pun). Enhanced optics are said to be used as well as an additional lens element.

The version II lens is constructed from 7 elements in 6 groups, with similar rounded 13-blade aperture diaphragm.

Like version I, the 50mm f/1.1 Cine Version II is fully manual, with geared focus and aperture ring.

“Our lenses from this range have been synonymous for beautiful imagery wide open, with gorgeous rendering and smooth roll off edge to edge, and is quickly becoming the lens of choice rather than an alternative for the Cine and Photo industry.”

Specification for the SLR Magic 50mm f/1.1 Cine Version II

  • Mount: E-mount
  • Focus Type: Manual
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/1.1
  • Minimum Aperture: f/16
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 0.50m
  • Diaphragm Blades: 13
  • Front filter thread: Φ52
  • Lens Coating: Multi Coated
  • Lens Construction: 7 Elements / 6 Groups
  • Dimensions: L 60.5mm x W 64.0mm
  • Weight (oz./g): 450g

It’s nice to see the price stay the same, the version I was predominantly available for $399 (although you can now get it at a discounted price). You can pre-order via the link below.

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 Erkki Juurus
Erkki Juurus
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August 25th, 2018

I think it’s rather unfortunate that SLR Magic make these compact primes for the short flange distance mounts like the E mount and mFT mount only. I wish they made them available for the longer flange distance Canon EF mount, too. These could work very nicely in cameras like the BMCC, BMPC, Ursa Mini, EVA1, the Canon C-series and even some of the Canon dSLR models. After all, there’s quite a gap in price between these and the PL-mount cine lenses that can be adapted to EF.

I bet they would sell fairly well within the niche, because there are a lot of EF mount camera users and for the EF and other longer flange distance mounts there is almost no competition in the budget-friendly range of manual cine lenses. There are the rehoused Samyang photo lenses, that’s about it. Whereas for the E mount and mFT mount there are several other interesting options besides SLR Magic, like the Veydras, Kowas, Voigtländers and so on. Too bad the selection of interesting enough cameras that can use those lenses is rather limited.

So in case the people at SLR Magic are reading these blogs and their comments, here’s my wish; Please adapt these SLR Magic Cine primes for the EF mount, too, will you. I believe there would be quite a few of us eager to buy them. An image circle filling S35 sensor size would be sufficient.

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August 24th, 2018

I like the flaws of the old lens. Imperfect is great.

 Jean-Yves Durocher
Jean-Yves Durocher
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August 24th, 2018

I would guess than in 99% of what is shot ‘commercially’ on the planet the quality would be more than adequate. And 90% of so called ‘broadcast’. For a multi million feature I would say no.

Timothy McClanahan
Timothy McClanahan
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August 24th, 2018

Nobody’s likely to shoot a multi-million dollar feature on an E-mount camera, anyway, so that situation is never going to come up.

 Jean-Yves Durocher
Jean-Yves Durocher
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August 24th, 2018

We will not be surprised when that happens….

 Erkki Juurus
Erkki Juurus
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August 25th, 2018

Well, tecnically that situation has already come up, sort of, with “E-mount cameras,” although not with not with E-mount lenses literally. Yes, it is nit-picking for sure, but the Sony CineAlta cameras from F5 upwards have a Sony FZ mount that can be adapted to PL mount or even E-mount. Some time ago Sony introduced a more rugged and lockable E-mount, which is also an option for the new Venice full frame cine camera.

But nit-picking aside, I agree, using E-mount lenses in multi million dollar movie projects wouldn’t make much practical sense. Unless they were used in some crash cam shots alongside the big boy caneras and lenses. Small budget indie productions may be a different story.
However, it’s quite possible that it has already happened in some expensive broadcast and maybe even some seven figure TV productions with native Sony broadcast style lenses.

It might be happening in some low budget indie productions, too, with FS5/FS7 -style cameras where lenses like those SLR Magic primes would work better than the electronic Sony lenses, and also allow the use of their anamorphic adapters.

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