SLR Magic has announced its Monster Lens II spotting scope for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The optic mounts directly on the camera body, allowing users to shoot distant images, commonly referred to as 'digiscoping'. The 12-36x50 ED lens gives an equivalent optical zoom range of 840-2,520mm and aims to keep image quality high with extra-low dispersion optics and multi-coated glass elements.  It will be available from June 2013 at a suggested retail price of $799. There is currently no information about the European price and availability.

Press Release:

SLR Magic Monster Lens II 12-36x50 ED Spotting Scope for MFT Digiscoping

Hong Kong, China (Mar 28, 2013) – SLR Magic introduces the second edition SLR Magic Monstor Lens 12-36×50 ED Spotting Scope lens for Digiscoping and expands their Micro Four Thirds lens lineup.

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The SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED Spotting Scope for Digiscoping gives you the highest resolution and brightest view possible by three key elements. It features an over sized eye relief, utilized Extra-low Dispersion optics, as well as fully Multi coated glass to help you with spotting the rare bird species. The SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED Spotting Scope also offers stacked, dual-focus controls, so you can make both rapid and fine-tuning adjustments.

The main difference from the first edition include improvements in image quality due to a new mFT adapter objective offering increased sharpness and contrast over the first edition.

The field of view of this spotting scope on the micro four thirds camera corresponds to a a 840-2520mm lens in 35mm format. The user friendly design allows you to attach your camera by mounting it like any other camera lens. Everything you need comes with the package and there is no need to have a compatible lens to use it. This is the perfect solution for amateur digiscopers who want to take photos or video of wildlife.

The 12-36×50 ED Spotting Scope will be available from authorized SLR Magic dealers by June 2013.

Technical Data

  • SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED (Premium Extra-low Dispersion glass) for mFT
  • Lens Type: Spotting Scope
  • Compatible Cameras: All micro four thirds mount cameras
  • Magnification: 12-36x
  • 35mm equivalent focal length: 840-2520mm
  • Objective: Φ50
  • Lens Coating: Multi Coated
  • Close Focus: 15 ft.
  • Weight (oz./g): 28.2/800, 45.86/1300 (with mFT adapter objective)
  • Water Resistant/Fog proof: Yes
  • Eyepiece: Straight Zoom
  • Eye relief: 23mm