My SLR Magic HyperPrime LM 50mm T0.95 Review!

Started Oct 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
SLR Magic
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Re: My SLR Magic HyperPrime LM 50mm T0.95 Review!
In reply to bur437, Oct 16, 2012

bur437 wrote:

SLR Magic wrote:

I see a few "dislikes" with the drop test suggestion where the HyperPrime survived. This is a clear example where we get the "boos" when lenses of another brand may be to a disadvantage for another lens. We obviously do not have a lot of support from this forum thread. We had a lot of support on mirrorless forums. Same brand but probably different brand loyalty.

This was a topic opened on the micro four thirds thread on dpreview two years ago.

We got the feedback from users at dpreview forum on what lens they want and we made the lens. It was the HyperPrime CINE 12mm T1.6 lens that was one of the lenses used on the new Panasonic GH3 launch film.

We also made a new option for a equivalent 50mm T0.95 for APS-C cameras by offering the 35mm T0.95 lens. Here are some reviews on the Fuji EX1 and the NEX-7.
Almost Perfection - 1st Test of a SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 35mm T0.95 prototype
EXCLUSIVE: SLR Magic 35mm 0.95 lens – FIRST LOOK on XE1 & OMD
We do not have the heritage like other brands as that would take years but we have been very active in providing more lens options for a market that had so far been monopolistic for the past 100 years.

Hi Andrew ( I think it's Andrew)

I think your personal feelings about 'typical Leica users' or 'typical forum brand loyalty' may be clouding your judgement on this issue (the drop test)

I don't care because

A- it's not scientific (how do you control how a lens will typically fall and what part of the lens will land first and how many lenses need to be dropped to be statistically significant

B- a lens isn't designed to be dropped (it's nice if it survives). I do care and suspect other buyers care much more about how a lens stands up to the rigors of everyday use. This means I need to be assured focus rings and apertures will work smoothly, and since I can't handle a lens (I'm in Aus) all I have to go by is other users feedback.

I am primarily a mirror less user (nex) I don't have a Leica digital body. I do have three Asph Leica lenses, a Voigtlander (50 1.1) and a Minolta lens all in M mount. I am more interested in SLRMagics 35 0.95, but my opinions on buying that lens will be influenced by the companies reputation in bringing to market other 'high end' lenses (any lens over $2000 I consider high end and should last 15+ years of use)

Ive seen suggestoons that you provide a lens for some kind of strip down test, you don't seem keen on that, but I feel that I am not alone in saying that I need to be be further convinced that your companies premium lenses come with premium quality control and build specs.

Ps- I really think the image quality of both the fast 50 and 35 are excellent and you have the potential for an excellent product. You may feel you have been unfairly dealt with in regards to posters 'airing' negative comments without firstly contacting you, But.. how your company responds will speak volumes

All the best


We do not agree that the method to test the durability of lens is by a strip down test.We are not aware of any lens manufacturer claiming or proving the durability of their lensby striping it down within the last 10 years. I cannot find any strip down test report on the Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 or the Canon 50mm f/0.95. If there is, the people requesting for it can show us the link to the press release of a lens manufacturer who announce to thepublic that they use a strip down test to test the durability of their lens, showing howmany years their lens can last by striping it down, then we will follow up with that lensmanufacturer to find out their method of telling whether a lens will last 1 year, 5 yearsor 10 years by striping it down.  If no press release details are given, this is the end ofdiscussion to this topic.
 and no one complains about the lens having a mechanical disaster. They only complain that the warranty is not transferable. also do not agree how a lens can be considered to be a mechanical disaster in a years time when the year is not up and it is best avoided to buy the lens. If you look at people discuss about taking the lens back for repairs due to mechanical fault during the warranty period 
The Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 comes with a 2 year international warranty by sending to Solms and maybe 3 in some countries.
The HyperPrime LM 50mm T0.95 comes with a 3 year international warranty by sending to Hong Kong
The HyperPrime CINE 50mm T0.95 comes with a 1 year international warranty by sending to Hong Kong
The Canon 50mm f/0.95 is discontinued and there is no more warranty.
For all manufacturers of all brands, if there is a fault during warranty period the lens will be fixed as long as the lens was used under normal conditions. If there is a fault out of warranty period, then it means fault from wear and tear. It is up to the public to decide why faults from other brands during of after warranty period are not considered to be a mechanical disaster. From what everyone have seen, we never rejected a service request if the lens is shipped to Hong Kong.
The thread is getting repetitive on multiple threads and I have spent much of my time repeating to the same topics again and again so I will not be commenting any further.
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