ZEISS, SLR Magic & Samyang competitors ON THE COUCH together! Ep. 21 part 1 of 3

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It’s always refreshing to see companies who compete in the same or similar markets sit peacefully together and talk to each other, rather than trying to make others look bad for their own gain. We have this beautiful example here with ZEISS, SLR Magic and Samyang, three VERY different manufacturers of lenses.

To be more exact, it’s Christophe Casenave from ZEISS, Andrew Chan from SLR Magic and Joost Wierenga for Samyang (from Disnet B.V. distributor).


Among the new products they presented are (click the links for details about the products at B&H):

The ZEISS ZM 1.4 35mm for the M bajonette, the LOXIA 35mm & 50mm f/2.0 and the new OTUS 85mm f/1.4 from ZEISS.

SLR Magic started with lens adapters and moved into making budget cinema lenses. They recently introduced a 10mm T/2.1 Hyperprime Cine Lens, a 50mm T/2.1 Cine Prime with PL Mount for Full Frame as well as the SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33X anamorphic adapter for lenses.

Samyang filled the gap in their prime lens lineup with the introduction of the Samyang 50mm f/1.4 prime lens in both cinema and photo versions. Also they introduced the 12mm f/2.8 fish eye lens.


We talked about how their different product ranges – from the low to the top end – fit into the current market, in which everything is coming together. Cameras are getting cheaper and more accessible on one hand, and on the other there is still a growing demand for quality in an ever-evolving market.

It’s interesting to see in where different manufacturers see their different focuses, and in the next part of this episode we will dive deeper into the crystal ball of the lens industry and pick the brains of ZEISS, SLR Magic and Samyang for future developments and where our industry is headed.

The next part of this episode will be published in one week on March 10 right here on cinema5D. On Friday March 6 we will publish the first part of episode 22.

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