SLR Magic introduces a new modestly priced cinema lens lineup, called the MicroPrime. For the time being, the lineup consists of four lenses (25, 35, 50, 75 mm) – with each lens costing $799. Read more below.
SLR Magic presents a new family of E-mount CINE lenses, The SLR Magic MicroPrime CINE 25mm T1.5, 35mm T1.3, 50mm T1.2, and 75mm T1.5 are the first lenses to be available.
Smaller (and cheaper) cinema lenses
As expected from cinema lenses, these lenses are housed in a cinema-grade metal exterior with matching dimensions and focus/iris gear positioning and a lens ring marked in T-stops instead of F-stops. The lenses are equipped with internal focusing, which is essential for matte box configuration and for cinema applications. Just be aware that the focus ring rotates only 150 degrees due to the smaller form factor, compared to “full size” cinema lenses. However, that should be enough to elevate the accuracy of focus pulling, when compared to a still lens.
As stated by SLR Magic:
The SLR Magic MicroPrime CINE lenses are designed to be compact and robust for use in a professional setting. The MicroPrime CINE lenses have a large image circle that covers up to full frame…Each lens is balanced in a similar weight distribution so that recalibration is not required during switching lenses when using a 3-axis gimbal. Lens gears are built-in with a throw slightly longer than photographic lenses but at the same time manageable when a motorized follow focus is not used. Each lens features internal focusing mechanism and comes with a standard 85mm diameter suitable for matte box use. In the situation where a smaller setup is required, each lenses also comes with a 82mm filter thread for use with 82mm Fixed ND filters.
Price and availability
The price of each lens is $799, which is pretty affordable for cinema lens. All four lenses will be available by May 2018. The SLR Magic 18mm T2.9 will be ready by Q3 2018.
This MicroPrime CINE E-mount series looks like a solid and well-built set of full frame cinema lenses. We can’t wait to try them out in order to explore their visual quality.
Would you consider buying MicroPrime lens, or would you prefer to pay more and get a full size cinema lens? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!