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SLRmagic lens update (with new 12mm fast lens coming)


The SLRmagic company sent me a new email to say they will soon release more new Micro Four Thirds lenses. The next lens should be a fast 12mm prime.They didn’t told me how fast but I hope that it will come as close as possible to the Avenir CCTV Lens (Click here to see it on eBay) which has a f/1.2 aperture. Reminder: All those SLRmagic lenses are cheap-quality non-professional manual lenses. But they are cheap and do have a Micro Four Thirds mount (there is no need for adapter). If you are looking for a professional wide angle lens you should go for the new Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake or wait for the next Olympus wide-pancake lens which will be announced during the next few months!

P.S.: Currently there are two SLRmagic lenses on eBay (Sold by the producer)
35mm f/1.7 (Click here) 26mm f/1.4 “Toy” Lens (Click here)

  • Chris K.

    Here’s hoping the 12mm will have “TOY LENS” on the front like the 26mm…I received notice that mine has shipped. Looking forward to taking pics with it!

  • mochapaulo

    Quite a surprise…that’s almost no 12mm CCTV lens possible to cover m4/3 sensor. If the answer is yes, that might be the only one I would like to buy from this company. Or simply say, it is not a CCTV at all…

  • rUY

    C-mount lens needs to be at least 25mm to cover the sensor of M43…. and 35mm or above for NEX

  • ulugeyik

    Yes, in fact the CCTV lens that is mentioned on ebay says:
    “*Note: Cannot use on M4/3 cameras”

    how bad is the coverage though?

    • admin

      Hi ulugeyik! You might don’t know that you can buy an adapter to use C-mount lenses on MFT cameras. The problemis the huge vignetting you get using that lenses. So as you see this is not bad coverage…you are simply wrong ;)
      P.S.: Search for C-mount lenses on youtube and you will find plenty of GH1 video taken with those lenses!

      • Admin, I am usually of your opinion, but here I think you underestimate the problem: Coverage of a lens usually goes up with focal length. It is very easy to build a 50mm that covers m43, and really hard to do this with a 12, 10 or 9mm lens.

        If you read the specs of these lenses, they typically start
        covering m43 at around 25mm. Shorter lenses are typically intended for much much smaller CCTV sensors.

  • mochapaulo

    There is a company called Doctor Optics in German. It makes a 8mm f/2.8 lens with 21mm image circle that almost cover m4/3 sensor. However, it costs 900 EURO each and is made by order. If you really need an wide angle, I think the 7-14mm zoom is already good enough for your desire of ultra wide. What I still wonder is will SLRmagic still selling “cheapo” lens, as usual. I really can’t wait to see it.

  • My SLRmagic 26mm f1.4 “Toy Lens” arrived yesterday!! Time so far to take a few sample images with Lumix G1.

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