SLRmagic 25mm and GH3 reviews. First Qflash’s wireless TTL flash gear for Lumix GH3).


SLR Magic 25mm T0.95 VS Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 : The Exclusive Fight ! from Seb Farges on Vimeo.


Before to start the new week with new rumors I have to catch up with two reviews and one news:

1) SEB Farges compared the new SLRmagic 25mm f/0.95 lens against the Nokton 25mm f/0.95. He writes about the SLRmagic: “The result is astonishing to my opinion, very sharp image at full aperture.“. The lens will be available soon on eBay. Save this search on Slidoo to get notified when it’s available on eBay (you have to login). UPDATE: One more video here:

2) Admiringlight tested the Panasonic GH3: “The GH3 is one of the most responsive cameras I’ve had the pleasure to use, and image quality is very good. Panasonic has definitely stepped up their game for this camera, creating a true pro-grade camera and one of the best mirrorless cameras on the market.
GH3 in Stock status check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

3) We have the first of Quantum Qflash’s wireless TTL flash gear for Lumix GH3. Here is the introduction video made by Discovermirrorless (youtube).

  • Sqweezy

    Very excited about the SLR Magic 25mm T/0.95. Great to hear the early reviews are resoundingly positive! Admin, do you know if they are gonna pre-sell this on Adorama like they did for the 35mm T/1.4, or is it only an ebay thing? I’m sure many of your readers will want to take advantage of the early $649 price.

  • Ulli

    the 25mm is indeed very tempting at 649 usd…..

    • Salty

      Very tempting. I can’t decide if I’m chasing a low light bokehlicious dream at the expense of size, weight, cost and functionality. I’ve no interest in video. Maybe I should just get the Panny 25mm 1.4. The low light AF speed of my 20mm 1.7 frustrates me.

      • dau

        ive got the voigt 17.5 and the leica 25mm, and, speaking from personal experience, ive had better results, more fun and enjoyed the challenge with thevoigt head and shoulders over the leica..

        • MarcoSartoriPhoto

          It’s the feeling of using a high quality manual prime. I love PannyLeica(Sigma?) when I feel lazy, but Voigty is more often attached to my camera.

          • Mr. Reeee


        • I have both lenses to, the 17.5mm f0.95 Voight and the 25mm f1.4mm Panny/Leica. Both are superb, but the 17.5 is my favorite.

  • Matt

    Doing lens tests whilst roughly focusing during recording, shaking on a moving escalator and not even using a tripod? Yeah, sorry, I can’t really tell much from that, and I feel sorry for those who think they can.

    • Yes, it’s in no way a scientific test about sharpness or anything like that. But it does show a quite different color signature, the SLR Magic being much more pleasant to my eyes, especially the warmer skin tones (but in my wide gamut monitor, flash video is not color managed, so it might be a wrong impression).

      • Matt

        That is true, it does seem a tad warmer when it comes to color temperature, but in the end you’d want a neutral color temperature from your lens, warmth can always be added in post, but is harder to remove.

        Looking forward to someone who can do some proper tests.

        • true homer

          Its the exact same process, adding and removing warmth. And warm is always more pleasing

          • Matt

            It’s most certainly not. If you’d have ever done color correction for a film you’d be well aware of that. You can add color hues, but removing color hues always has side effects.

  • PannyBoom

    @true homer, nice advertisement. telling us to, but why not to.

    • true homer

      What are you talking about? This is my first post here

  • Here is my first hand on of the SLR Magic 25mm T0.95 :

    Sorry still no tripod ;)

  • Yun

    New rumours for this week ?
    Let’s make it quick .
    Very eager to know what is the Pro mFT camera mean by Panasonic in 2013 roadmap ?
    A fixed lens type ? No highend camera again !
    If yes , I might own my first ever Oly camera in 2013 .

    • true homer

      So you missed the gh3 announcement? Well good news! Wireless flash, sync port, weathersealed, 7 fn buttons, raw stacking and more! No more waiting!

    • bousozoku

      They haven’t replaced their AF100/AF105, so maybe that’s the one. I’d hate to think that they would be replacing the GH3 since they’re having trouble supplying them and I just got mine a few days ago.

  • I hope SLR Magic make a 17mm !!

    I have the 35mm and it’s great, would love to get hold of the 12mm if I could find it in stock and cheap-ish somewhere…

  • V4Vendetta

    I like the SLR, but Im not convinced is its flare when receives the front light.

    An example with the 35mm, although it’s a different focal distance, the flare occurs with the 25mm.

    • Mr. Reeee

      Pretty much every lens will do that. The simple solution is to use a lens hood, or your hand to shade the front of the lens.

      • V4Vendetta

        Are you sure? I think with the FD 35mm not happened to me that, if the hood is removed then I will probably buy the SLR.

  • OM-4ever

    Quantum flash now supporting m4/3? Funny how no-one seems to notice this one. If true, this is big news, at least for me, I already own a T2 qflash with E-1 era (D-10w) QTTL adapter, but the unit shown in the video with integrated TTL transmitter and 3 way independent flash compensation looks awesome!

    Admin, Quantum makes (actual) professional grade wireless flashes and batteries. If Quantum is supporting m4/3, it is very useful, as they are in wide use by wedding and other profession location photography. I suggest this deserves a seperate headline.

    • true homer

      This is way more news than the ep5 possibly not having a vf.

      • OM-4ever

        Yeah, no kidding….

      • Quantum is 100% supporting the Lumix system. They also have two types of ring flash called the Omicron. If you’ll be at the WPPI show next week I’ll be in the Panasonic booth shooting live with the GH3 & Omicron to a 103″ HDTV.

        • true homer

          Ive seen video samples so far, id love to see stills with that omicron! A model’s face up close would be fantastic! You gotta love the ringflash look

          • My G+ and FB profile pics were shot with the Omicron and are JPEG from camera. I’m excited about shooting HDR portraits with it.

  • V4Vendetta

    OT: What do you think the 25mm 1.4 PanaLeica about these? I can not find many references to the video, only stills which is listed as one of the best viewpoints M4 / 3

    • Love my Leica 25/1.4 one of the sharpest lenses I own. Works good for video too but it is not stabilized but it does work well.

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