Hong Kong-based SLR Magic has formally announced its HyperPrime 12mm F1.6, a manual focus lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. This fast wideangle prime, which has been doing the rounds of testers and reviewers for the past few months, features a traditional aperture control ring and metal-bodied construction. Its optics include three Tantalum glass elements for 'superior cinematic performance'. It will be on sale from the end of November.

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NEW: THE SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm F1.6

SLR Magic expands its micro four thirds lineup with new ultra wide angle lens

Hong Kong, China (November 11, 2011)  - SLR Magic expands the micro four thirds lens lineup with the new SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm F1.6 ultra wide angle lens. With this latest addition, the portfolio of lenses for the micro four thirds system is now comprised of five focal lengths. The world's fastest lens in this focal length, the SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm F1.6 will be available in November 2011.

The field of view of this new HyperPrime Lens corresponds to a 24mm lens in 35mm format and this ultra fast wide angle of view opens up many new creative composition opportunities, particularly in the fields of interior, architectural and landscape cinematography and photography. Additionally, an ultra fast max aperture of F1.6 makes the SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm F1.6 ideal for available-light photography. 

We place our highest priority in the development of all HyperPrime lenses to fulfill the demands of professional cinematographers and photographers. The design and build of the SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm F1.6 is solid and reliable.

The SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm F1.6 will be available from authorized SLR Magic dealers end November 2011.

SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm F1.6 specifications

Focal length 12mm
Focal length (35mm equiv) 24mm
Maximum aperture F1.6
Minimum aperture F11
Lens construction • 12 elements / 10 groups
• 3 Tantalum glass elements
Aperture type • 12 blades
• Circular aperture
• Manually controlled diaphragm
Minimum focus 0.15m / 0.5 ft
Focus type Manual
Image stabilization Via camera body when available
Filter thread • 58mm
• Does not rotate on focusing
Weight 330g (11.6 oz)
Dimensions 73mm x 60mm (2.9" x 2.4")
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Optional accessories SLR Magic 58/77 RING hood

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