SLR Magic HyperPrime 23mm F1.7 (2013 version)
- Anybody has any experience with this lens (2013 version)
- Where to buy from apart SLR website?
Tagged for interest - a native E mount MF 35mm-e has a lot of appeal to me.
A reviewer posted it on stevehuff, heres the link. I think hes quite straightforward and samples look nice as well. Dont know why but Im still looking towards the sigmas, either 19 or 30, could even be 60 if its already available here in Indonesia
- Where to buy from apart SLR website?
In the US, you can try Adorama, but I don't see the 23mm yet. You should also be able to get it on ebay.
Unless they've revamped the website, you'll be better off contacting SLR Magic directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
The recent review on Huff's site is the only information I've been able to find whatsoever. I'm intrigued because I've been wanting a bright, native 24mm for a long time but definitely need to see more information. The version they pulled a year ago apparently had a handful of problems and for $400 with no AF I'd expect no major issues and reasonable sharpness. Doesn't have to be sharp as a razor but at the very least uniform.
I ordered one direct from SLR Magic and I should have it in hand by tomorrow afternoon (direct from HK in like a day... though I ordered it 4 days ago, but still, that's fast). So far that's the only way you're going to get it, its release was announced via SLR Magic's Twitter feed at the end of last month and I think the only other place you can buy it is physically from a store in Hong Kong I did see one listed at Digital Rev but I'm not sure if that's the 2012 or the 2013. In the samples from the old version versus the new version I'd seen on Steve Huff's site and for the price compared to the Zeiss 24mm this looks like it's going to be pretty great, but I'll see when I get it.
For reference, the links to the Steve Huff posts:
2011/2012 discontinued version: http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2011/12/14/slr-magic-23-1-7-hyperprime-vs-zeiss-24-1-8-sonnar-on-the-nex-7/
Arrived today. So small and great close focus abilities! Only thing that annoys me so far is the screw-in lens cap, but I'll replace that with a snap-in cap. I ran outside and took random shots (not artistic by any measure) before the sun set. Wide open the corners still smear like the 2012 version, but the reason they pulled that was because the source materials weren't cost efficient so I guess they didn't really redesign much, just changed the parts sourcing. The shots of the shells are sharp at f/8, but I think the f/4 shot isn't totally fair because the focal plane is tilted vertically (on all three shots really) so top and bottom aren't perfect but you can definitely see corner smearing at f/1.7. Then again with a selective-focus lens like this I'm aiming for the middle of the frame anyway. And at less than half the price and smaller than the Zeiss 24mm my wallet isn't complaining
is that your camera settings or the contrast on the lens is actually low? no biggie tho you can always PP, but it does look quite sharp, how does it compare against say the 35mm 1.8 OSS regardless of the FL?
They're OOC JPEGs and I keep my color settings on neutral (also I was shooting on manual and wasn't really practicing the correct "expose to the right" procedure I adhere to) so I think it'd blame the camera for the contrast. Oh and most of those shots were in the evening shade, lots of gray and blue hues.
While I do have the 35mm f/1.8 OSS it's hard to compare. Size-wise they're about the same, though the 23mm feels a ever so slightly heavier due to it's all-metal design. The aperture on the 23mm is clickless so I guess that's good for video, but keep in mind no stabilization or AF. Plus there's the difference in FOV (50mm equiv. vs. 35mm equivalent). I think I'll be using the 23mm for intimate social situations and the 35mm for run-and-gun street/event stuff.
Does the new version have aperture click-stops?
Nope, it's click-less.
Oh, well - that kills it for me. Thanks!
I wish I could demo this at B&H. I was considering getting an old MF prime + converter but this will both cost less and be lighter/smaller. I just hope they don't discontinue it again. So glad they came back out with it though.
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