SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm f/1.6 for MFT

November 11, 2011 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses | 4 Comments |

SLR Magic has announced a new ultra-wideangle manual-focus lens for Micro Four Thirds. The HyperPrime 12mm f/1.6 has a diagonal angle of view equivalent to that of a 24mm lens on a 35mm camera, and features a traditional aperture ring, an iris diaphragm with 12 rounded blades and a close-focus point of 15cm. The optical formula comprises 12 elements (including 3 ‘Tantalum’ glass elements) in 10 groups. Weiging in at 330 grams the lens, which features a 58mm filter thread and a non-rotating front element, is expected to go on sale for $500 later this month.

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#1 WJM

There is nothing 'ultra' to a 24mm-equivalent wideangle.
Never was, never will be.
I wish people would stop copying such moronic markedroid texts.
(that the markedroids do this, is an industry fact, that no journalist/editor comments on it, is an utter disgrace)

24mm is minimum wide-angle, anything above is 'standard-lens territory'.
(only this year I finally found & bought the first decent wide-angle compacts; the Samsung WB210 and the Casio Tryx, both offering a 21mm-equivalent wideangle....neither is perfect, but it's a very decent start, finally allowing 'natural' wide-angles with a pocket-camera....hopefully both will be a success, so that other manufacturers & models follow, into even larger wide-angle territory (down to 14mm), and/or fisheye, fullframe or even circular))

1:31 am - Saturday, November 12, 2011

#2 To WJM

Check out the ZR200 - with synthetic wide-angle down to 14 and 18mm from the 24mm lens. The Tryx was a bit of a bomb tbh.

3:57 pm - Monday, November 14, 2011

#3 WJM

Thanx a bunch for that pointer, interesting 'next' step....:))
(though I read about synthetic (stitched) wide-angles before, just not sure which camera's (other than larger panorama's of course....that one is just another kind of optical correction, after stitching; so if it can do either, it could to both just as easily (just not combined of course))(although....if you took 2 full swings, one a bit up-horizon, the other a bit down)

However, searching for the exact details, or even just proof of this super-wide-angle concept (for me, 'ultra' starts at 13mm or so....;)), supports me in my belief that 99% of all reporters/websites have no clue whatsoever about wide-angle....only a scaring few sites that mention this 18mm/14mm setting/option (apart from Dpreview (from a poor English writing guy in Japan!), only the Casio site itself mentions it!)

Actually, it reminds me of the effort/confusion that I went through while searching for the exact wide-angle details of that Samsung WB210....more than one website/weblog claimed that that one too was a 'synthetic' (stitching) wide-angle....while of course it was not (so it delayed my purchase, first buying a Tryx, then WB210)).

However, while also reading the PDF-manual of this new ZR200, I found an even more interesting detail, a concept I didn't thought possible within the next few years: HDR-art movie!....:))
(yes, I know this kind of art isn't everyones cup of tea, but those who never saw or took a shot in night-time scenary don't know what they are talking makes shooting digital just as wonderfully unpredictable as once analog film did....:))

Oh btw, not sure what you meant with the Tryx being a bomb, but if it is critical, then I challenge you to find me any other pocketcamera that can do full-swing panorama's with an 21mm lens....even in the analog days that kind of extreme panorama's was quite a challenge, at at least 100x the size & weight, with a rotating film camera....:))
(the usual & more compact (short-)swing-lens panorama camera's never exceeded 28mm (or 24mm equivalent on 120-format, like the 50mm of a Noblex))

It also reminds me that this ZR200 could still not do the same kind of super-panorama's (which the Samsung WB210 technically could, darn those lazy engineers!)....oh well, then I need both....

Btw, what is still lacking: HDR and HDR-art in combination with panorama, but now that I see at least HDR-art combined with movie-mode (why not in combination with ordinary HDR is puzzling btw!), I am confident that this must be the next evolutionary step, and it shouldn't take more than a year, or not even 6 months....:))
(though I wish they could do it on the Tryx just by a software-update!....:))
(then at least I would be sure of an 21mm HDR-panorama!)
(I will sacrifice on HDR-art + panorama, if it has to, but only for 6 months or so....that's fair, not?....:))
(darn those lazy engineers!....we need shorter product life-cycles, much shorter!....let the tech-frenzy start, immediately!....8-))

Oh well, now I will also wait before bidding again on a ZR100 (just for having the HDR-art in combination with a regular zoom (24-300mm))....they should drop in price, now that the successor is launched....:))

(I think I also should post this same message in the actual product announcement of the ZR200 on your site, with an URL-reference back to here)
(PS: in that announcement, *you* didn't mention this 18mm/14mm setting either!....;))))

3:36 am - Tuesday, November 15, 2011

#4 rob

What the hell is "SLR Magic"? Anybody heard that name before?

@WJM - you blind me with your science, man... You've managed to mention a ton of things absolutely unrelated to this review. I think you should consider starting your own blog. ;)

1:36 am - Saturday, November 26, 2011