SLR Magic has announced that two of their lenses –the CINE 12mm T2.8 and HyperPrime CINE 50mm T0.95– will be available for FUJIFILM X-Mount cameras as well. Both fully manual lenses offer clickless 0.8 MOD geared rings and a 62mm filter thread.
The lens manufacturer SLR Magic, based in Hong Kong, is known for creating affordable fast manual prime lenses and cine primes. One example would be their MicroPrime line, which we reviewed back in 2019. Recently, the company announced new FUJIFILM X-mount versions of two of their lenses – the SLR Magic CINE 12mm T2.8 and SLR Magic HyperPrime Cine 50mm T0.95. Let’s take a short look at them.
SLR Magic CINE 12mm T2.8 for FUJIFILM X-Mount
This fully manual, ultra-wide-angle cine lens offers a 12mm focal length (around 18mm full-frame equivalent). The aperture is ranges from T2.8 to T16 and has 7 rounded blades. Both, the clickless aperture and the focus ring have standard 0.8 MOD (32 pitch) geared rings.
The lens produces an image circle of 32mm, so it only covers up to Super35 (APS-C) sensors. That’s fine for FUJIFILM X-mount cameras, as they are all APS-C – the existing Sony E-mount version of this lens will, however, vignette heavily on full-frame bodies.
The optical structure features 10 elements in 9 groups. The minimal focus distance is 0.15m and the focus scale is available in both meters and feet.
The manual focus mechanism is external, so the lens extends during focusing. Thankfully, the 62mm front filter thread does not rotate while focusing. The length of the lens is around 70mm and it weighs around 450g (15.87oz).
SLR Magic HyperPrime Cine 50mm T0.95 for FUJIFILM X-Mount
This fully manual, ultra-fast 50mm (around 75mm full-frame equivalent) HyperPrime lens offers an aperture from T0.95 to T16 with 12 rounded aperture blades. Both, the clickless aperture and the focus ring have standard 0.8 MOD (32 pitch) geared rings.
Just like the CINE 12mm, this lens produces an image circle of 32mm, so it only covers up to Super35 (APS-C) sensors. It is worth noting that this lens already exists in a Micro Four Thirds version. The minimum focus distance is 0.5m and the optical structure consists of 7 elements in 10 groups.
Same as with the CINE 12mm, the manual focus mechanism is external, so the lens extends during focusing. Yet again, the 62mm front filter thread does not rotate while focusing. The length of this lens is around 81.7mm and it weighs around 665g (23.46oz).
Price and Availability
According to SLR Magic, both lenses will be available by December 2020. Their pricing has not been announced yet, but I expect them to be quite affordable and on par with the current SLR Magic offerings.
For a reference, the Sony E-mount version of the SLR Magic CINE 12mm T2.8 currently retails for around $180 and the MFT version of the HyperPrime 50mm T0.95 retails for around $600.
Do you use SLR Magic CINE lenses for your work? How satisfied are you with the optical performance and their look? Let us know in the comment section underneath the article.