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Interbee 2015: Hands on with the SLR Magic 50mm f1.1 full frame E-mount lens

Today at Interbee in Japan, Andrew from SLR Magic ran us through their first lens in a planned full-frame E-mount lineup, the SLR Magic CINE 50mm F1.1.

The SLR Magic 50mm f1.1 on the Sony a7S
The SLR Magic 50mm f1.1 on the Sony a7S

The lens has clickless aperture and geared rings for both the focus and iris. It features a 52mm front filter diameter and even though it only weighs 400g the lens felt very solid and robust. I tried out the lens on my Sony a7S and found both the iris and focus to be precise, but also nice and smooth. Wide open you can achieve incredibly shallow depth-of-field.

Andrew told me that it performs better when stopped down to f1.4, and based on my short time shooting with the lens I would have to agree with him. The bokeh was very pleasing and the lens seems to exhibit a nice amount of contrast.

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Andrew also told me that there will be more full-frame E-mount lenses to come, but didn’t want to disclose details just yet.

The SLR Magic CINE 50mm F1.1 will retail for $349 US and will be available from authorised SLR Magic dealers at the beginning of December this year. The lens looks to be a nice option for Sony full-frame E-mount shooters who are looking for a compact and very affordable prime lens.

Technical Data:

SLR Magic CINE 50mm F1.1

Lens Type:
Fast standard lens

Compatible Cameras:
FE-mount and E-mount cameras

Optical Design:
6 elements in 5 groups

Distance Settings:
Distance range: 0.50m to ∞, combined scale meter/feet

Aperture:
Manually controlled diaphragm, 13 aperture blades , Lowest value 16

Filter Mount:
Internal thread for 52mm filter; filter mount does not rotate.

Surface Finish:
Black anodized

Dimensions:
Length to bayonet mount:
approx. 54.8mm (approx. 2.16in)

Largest diameter:
approx. 63.00mm (approx. 2.48in)

Weight:
approx. 400g (approx. 14.11oz)

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