The new 12mm f/1.6 Noktor lens (Click on image to enlarge!). P.S.: The bulge is not a lens hood. its part of the lens.
I have been contacted by the guys from SLR Magic which are now also the owner of the Noktor company. We had a long chat and they were so kind to send us the very first pictures of their upcoming new Noktor lens. It is a 12mm f/1.6 manual and native Micro Four Thirds lens! Unlike the 50mm f/0.95 Noktor the 12mm lens has been designed from scratch for the m43 system!
SLR Magic told me that: “In August last year we asked on some forums what kind of lens people want. The conclusion was many want a wide angle prime that is fast, sharp, and round aperture. We hope this is what everyone wanted and we want to thank everyone for their suggestions.”
SLR Magic had a thread on dpreview.com in August 2010 asking for the “Most wanted micro four thirds lens” To thank those who participated in the thread for the making of this lens they have a friendly price offer for them. All they need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org with their dpreview username and mention their interest in buying this lens. They have a record of those who participated in the thread and only those people will be eligible.
As you can see the lens is smaller than the mount itself. The product manager from SLR Magic told me that if the lens would have been f/2.0 the lens would have become noticeable shorter. But they wanted to make it as fast as possible: “We made it to target professionals. As we are a full manual lens, we aimed to have low distortion with no software correction for best quality” And the lens has been optimized for video: “It has stepless aperture as smooth manual focus. We put in the cinema lens design into it with the 12 aperture blades.“. The Noktor HyperPrime 12mm will have an 58mm filter thread and even the built-in flash light does not get covered by the lens.
As you know Slrmagic already makes three lenses (but they are not as good as the new Noktor):
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens you can preorder on eBay (Click here)
Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here)
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here)
The lens will be available in a couple of months. You can follow their updates on twitter @slrmagic and/or @noktor.
Click on the thumbnails below to enlarge the pictures. All pictures have been taken with the Noktor 12mm preproduction lens!