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First product announcement of the year: Slrmagic 50mm f/0.95 M-mount (tested on GH2).


Exactly on Midnight SLRmagic officially announced their new top quality Hyper Prime 50mm f/0.95 Cine M-mount Cine lens. Even if it’s not a native Micro Four Thirds lens you can use it via M to m43 adapter (Click here to see them on eBay). Unlike the Noktor this is a high quality lens made specially for people looking for superb bokeh. It’s actually five times cheaper than the Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 and we have been told that it will have almost the same image quality (of course we have to see real tests to see if they are claiming the truth). Our friend Seb Farges tested the new lens on the Panasonic GH2. After the video you can read the full lens press release and specs.

World Premiere !!! SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE T0.95 / 50mm Part I : The Night Tests from Seb Farges on Vimeo.

NEW: THE SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 50mm T0.95
SLR Magic expands its M mount lineup with a new normal focal length lens

Hong Kong, China (January 1, 2012)  – SLR Magic opens up the M mount lens lineup with the new SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 50mm T0.95 ultra fast normal focal length lens. The world’s fastest interchangeable camera lens with an image circle beyond full frame coverage in its focal length, the SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 50mm T0.95 concept lens will be publicly available for experience testing in September 2012 at Photokina in Cologne, Germany.

The field of view of this new HyperPrime Lens corresponds to a 50mm lens in 35mm format. It is optimized to be shot wide open. This ultra fast normal focal length prime lens opens up many new creative composition opportunities, particularly in the fields of available light, in portrait, and street cinematography. Built with modern non aspherical lens technology, the lens excels at defocusing busy backgrounds at T0.95. A minimum focus distance of 0.70m allows for artistic bokeh effect. A fast maximum aperture of T0.95 makes the SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 50mm T0.95 ideal for available-light photography.

Our highest priority in the development of all HyperPrime lenses is to fulfill the demands of professional cinematographers and photographers. The design and build of the SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 50mm T0.95 is solid and reliable.

The SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 50mm T0.95, a concept lens, will be available from authorized SLR Magic dealers by the end of September 2012.

Technical Data
SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 50mm T0.95
Lens Type: Fast normal lens with seven Tantalum glass elements to  ensure superior cinematic performance.
Compatible Cameras: All RangeFinder M mount, LM mount for cinematography,  E-mount, and micro four thirds cameras
Optical Design: 12 elements in 7 groups
Distance range:  0.70m to ∞, combined scale meter/feet
Aperture:  Manually controlled diaphragm, 12 aperture blades (circular), Lowest value 16
Bayonet:  M-mount, E-mount, micro four thirds
Filter Mount: 62mm; filter mount does not rotate.
Surface Finish: Black anodized
Length to bayonet mount: approx. 95mm (approx. 3.74in) without hood approx. 110mm (approx. 4.33in) with retractable hood
Largest diameter: approx. 73mm (approx. 2.87in)
Weight: approx. 975g (approx. 34.39oz)

Andrew Chan
Product Manager

  • peter

    nice, keep them coming ;)

    happy new year!

  • Zoeff

    Woah, did not expect to see a challenger to the noctilux 50mm f/0.95…

    Now I wonder, if this lens really is as good or at least close to the quality of the noctilux as they claim, then this combined with that rumored full frame mirrorless camera from a less expensive brand might make the M9 obsolete for many.

    2012 could be a great year for mirrorless camera’s!!
    Oh and happy new year everybody! :D

    • > It’s actually five times cheaper than the Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 […]

      $10K/5 = $2K. Still not cheap.

      Without knowing I got addicted to one interesting feature of many Oly lenses: close-up capability. 70cm for this one is not much different from the Leica’s own lenses. And that make them all rather uninteresting. For same candies, or for party environment, precisely where the low f-number rules, one often has very very little space between camera and the subject. Even min focus dist of 40cm is too long.

      • Daemonius

        MFD changes when you put it on m4/3 from FF, as far as I know.. (it should be half if Im correct).

        • Jim

          dont think so…. MFD stays the same – your magnifacation is 2x tho….

        • TheEye

          “$10K/5 = $2K. Still not cheap.”

          Or rather, it’s a cheaply made lens that’s still expensive. ;-)

        • > MFD changes when you put it on m4/3 from FF, as far as I know.

          No. The Sigma 1.4/30mm has same MFD 40cm on the FT and on the APS-C.

          That’s even logical: “crop factor” crops the projected image circle, it doesn’t change any other property of the image.

        • Frederic Hew

          Assuming the adapter maintains the correct registration distance, MFD stays exactly the same.

          The same applies to the focus markings on the lens: theoretically you should be able to use a measuring tape and set the distance on the lens without focusing in camera, just like old-school cine cameras (I don’t know about the new ones used today).

        • Voldenuit

          The reason rangefinder lenses don’t focus closely is *because they’re rangefinder lenses*.

          Parallax and calibration errors grow larger the closer you get to the rangefinder, and most rangefinder mechanisms have a long minimum focus distance, so there’s no point designing a lens which focuses closer than the target camera is comfortable with.

      • fs

        70 cm is right about where I’m comfortable. I’ll happily take closer, but 70 is no problem. The non-asph leica 50 and 35 1.4 summis don’t go that close, and I’d regularly be disappointed with them. No macro work, for sure, but 70 is fine with me.

        • When I got myself PL25 (MFD ~35cm) to replace the Sigma 1.4/30mm (MFD ~40cm), the difference of 5cm (or 3cm it is?) was very often noticeable. I noticed it even more when I tried to go back to the Sigma.

          Basically, the lenses with long MFD become rather useless at any close gathering, as 40cm is too long to shoot a person who sits across you at the table. IOW, one can make mostly prearranged shots.

          To each its own I gather. But that bit about Leicas has disappointed me.

      • snowflake

        The 12 mm SLR lens has a closer focous than the olympus .15 meter verses .2

        surprised this lens has less, makes noktors look better, it is nearly a macro.

        It appears the bokeh is great. perhaps a tradeoff.

  • Daemonius

    M-mount? So its usable on NEX too..

    0.95 on NEX .. *drool*

    This will be pretty awesome portrait lens on m4/3 – equiv of 100mm f1.9 .. thats actually fastest 100mm portrait lens!

    • Such shallow DoF will tend to get you dreamy portraits. Sharp eyes, blurred ears. That is perfectly ok when thats the desired effect.

  • Jim

    This is T0.95 not just F0.95! nice :)

    • Yes that is an equivalence of f/0.92 !!! ;)

      • Maybe a bit more than that, depending on actual measured transmittance (which is what T-stops are supposed to be based on, not some sort of mathematical equivalence formula.) 12 elements is a lot of elements, so I would expect there might be more absorption than a simpler design; that would mean a true T 0.95 value would require an even larger f/number, which would be an impressive design achievement if the lens performance is really good!

  • Mr. Reeee

    Wow! Pure LUST! BUT… that is one honkingly big lens!
    I’d LOVE to see some stills shot with this on the GH2!

    Yes, M mount! So, that means usable on pretty much ANY system! Excellent!
    The native M4/3 mount is the ONLY negative about the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f0.95.

    Yet another fantastic video from Seb! Thanks! Great work, as always!

  • P4INKiller

    Am I the only one worried about the overly soft image, and the blue fringing?

    • Zoeff

      After watching the video, I have the same concerns. That’s not the kind of quality you get from the leica noctilux…

      Now I wonder how it compares to the Noktor…

    • TC

      I have the Nocti 0.95 and it purple fringe is exactly the same.

    • Frederic Hew

      This is all shot wide open. Keeping in mind this is 2K image compressed in-camera and then once more for the web, it looks really good.

      Flare is reasonably well controlled, ghosting can be expected in such a bright lens (the Noctilux renders ghosts too but much tighter without any trace of veiling).

      The lens was designed to look like a Noctilux clone, they even used the squarish Leica font…

      An actual comparison between the two lenses will have to involve the same camera, codec, bit-rate etc, or better yet still images.

      • Frederic Hew

        The video itself is very nice! I like the creative use of ghosts, making them travel across the frame instead of avoiding the shot.

        The CV Nokton, by the way, is much worse in this sense as you can see each one of the lens elements reflected in the frame, appearing as multiple oval shapes stacked one on top of the other.

        I also like Serge’s reflection on the glass door, appearing at the beginning of the shot to disappear when the door is opened and reappear when closed.

        The music is great, as usual, and so is the editing. Very dark and moody. The day time video is less striking visually but the shot of the bent man pushing empty wood crates is very strong, it really made me feel for this man.

        Serge is obviously very talented.

  • AMVR

    I wonder how dificult it would be for them to just attach a M43 mount on this lens, after all their M43 releases it sounds like a hassle to get an adapter just for this. And by the way, are there any plans to release they NEX exclusive lenses for M43 ? there are some interesting ones

    • Frederic Hew

      As posted by someone earlier, this allows the lens to be used on both E and m43 monut, as well as Leica m of course.

      If I had the choice between a “native” m43 mount (with no electronic contacts) and an m mount lens I would choose the latter.

      As far as I know it can also be used on Red, Arri etc. At this price range (2K?), I think it makes much more sense.

  • Summilux

    Looking at the night test video this lens is simply no where near to the Noct 0.95 quality and image characteristics. I wonder if SLR magic has ever used a Noct before making such claim. LOL.

    • Adech

      I have both lenses and the noct is not much better if any better at all. Do you own the Noct 0.95 to be saying that? I find it interesting posters comment about lenses they do not own.

  • Janie

    Well there’s plenty of wonderful fast lenses for M mount.
    Look at the 1.1 voigtlander, or a used 1.1 noctiluxes…
    Its not all about the speed, the leica is unique, it has the speed+sharpness+pretty low vignetting compared to the Canon’s 0.95 and 1.0 lenses
    I think that slrmagic is going in a whole wrong way with this lens, and I am not even sure if it is rangefinder coupled, or calibrated.
    For $2k I’d go with Voigtlander at any time and I will also save a whole 1k$)

    • TC

      at leicarumors the head to head shows that sharpness is the same. this is a strong contender against the Leica. The canon dream lens is extremely soft

      • Frederic Hew

        IMO the Noctilux looks much much better. I would rate the Voigtländer as second best, SLR magic as third and Canon last.

        • Adech

          Are you certain about that? Take a look at the bokeh on the chair. Bokeh rendering on the SLR is the best. Well, quality of bokeh is really personal preference so it is up to you what you like and what you do not like I guess. Some even say the Canon is the best while some think it is a total mess

  • Ed

    How exciting!! SLR Magic is keeping things interesting for photographers. So far I’m impressed. Keep it up Andrew!

  • Anonymous

    so expensive…cannot afford it, sigh~

  • moomin

    ANOTHER announcememnt?? All well and good but what has happened to the 12mm f1.6 that was supposed to be available end of Nov 2011? Wheres the 23mm f1.7 for sony e mount?
    As for this…theres already 50mms @ 0.95 and id prefer the CV 50MM f.1 and CV 35MM F1.2 and 25mm f0.95
    I could probably get all three for under 2k

    • Frederic Hew

      Lets see…

      CV 1.2/35mm retails for $1400
      CV 1.1/50mm retails for $1050
      CV 0.95/25mm retails for $1200

      Let me know how you can get all three for under 2K, I might be interested as well :)

      • moomin

        Im going by GBP and current ebay prices lol
        CV 25MM 650
        CV 50MM 659
        cv 35mm 809

        2118 quid

        So a little over…with a bit of bidding here or there im sure one could get cheaper.

  • Day light tests are available here :

    Thanks for watching :)

    • @1:55, nice trick – using the mirror!

      and isn’t it a self-portrait? ;)

      thanks for posting.

      • Thanks Dummy00001 :)

      • Adech

        I love the hand held style while having a cigg. The lens is easy to use on a rangefinder camera but i am sure it is a lot harder to use on the GH2

  • Dale Wilson

    Just paid for my slr magic 12mm. Can’t wait to start 2012 with this new lens and I’m excited to see what this year has to offer. Bring it on!

  • brudney

    not bad, but the lens seems to be pretty soft with lots of coma and some CA (especially considering the price someone mentioned above…)

    not to be a hater but i’m totally unconvinced.

  • Ale,
    i cant login into mirrorless rumor site. is it need to register new?

  • loubinas

    Another lens that will NOT be available now but in 9+ months if that.
    How about they quit that crap and only announce products when there is imminent availability?

    • People may email at to pre-order the 12mm lens. The delivery begins from 15th of january for 499$ +70$ delivery

  • Anonymous


    More of this

  • fgl42

    should have made it in a micro four thirds mount

  • Vivek

    Thanks for posting the video.

    I have no doubt in my mind that Seb Farges is going scale new heights! Well done, Seb! :)

    Despite Seb’s creativity, I have absolutely no interest in the SLR magic stuff. Sorry.

  • After the positive experience with the HyperPrime 12/1.6 I am curious about the quality of the 50/0.95.

    It seems to have it’s own “characteristics” like (but different to) the old Leica Noctilux 50/1.0 (non-ASPH). The circles of confusion and the bokeh do not look as neutral as from the famous Noctilux 50/0.95.

    I compared the Noctilux 50/1.0 and the new 50/0.95 ASPH to each other here:

    It gives an idea what CAN be possible with a 50/0.95.

  • kai

    This looks like garbage. Spend half the money and get a Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1.

    • rUY

      That is different. Surely not the same class as Cosina. From the video, you see clearly that the bokeh is bad.

  • I think most of the night shots were shot through windows, right Seb? Not to be rude, but sorry that is pretty far from your best video, and very counterproductive in terms of showing what this lens can do.

    • TomR

      I see your point in terms of being an IQ test, but it is a great atmospheric video though – I love it.

    • Sorry about that ChristianG, I’ve received the lens on the 30th for the 31th, I hope you will like the next movies I will do with this lens ;)

      • That’s ok, Seb. I usually enjoy your videos.

  • Nick Clark

    Is this really going to be $1000 better than the already *bloody good* CV 50/f1.1?


  • Damn, this is NOKTOR, simply change the exterior design! or I’m wrong)

  • 0.95 looks horrible…

  • Nico

    1kg of glass on a GH2 !!! :-)
    The bokeh is horrible, it looks like a cheap CCTV bokeh quality… The voigtlander Nokton is much more interesting !

  • V4Vendetta

    Sorry by my ignorance, but, what is the difference from this lens also of Noktor/SLR


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