Marsh II, SLR Magic 35mm T1.4 PreProduction lens test

Marsh II, SLR Magic 35mm T1.4 PreProduction lens test

Posted On: November 22, 2012
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Andrew, the owner of SLR Magic, the small lens company based in Hong Kong sended me a Pre Production model of his 35mm T1.4 lens.

This model is improved in many ways.

Improved areas are:
1) Lens Coating
2) Less field curvature
3) Smoother focus
4) Geared focus ring
5) Higher resolving power
6) 52mm filter which is easier to find filters for compared to 37mm for the 35mm f/1.7.
The lens will be selling at $349. It will initially come with a manufacturers rebate of around $50-70 depending on country.

I did not do a scientific test. I rather try to create something nice and see how this lens works in practice.

It feels robust. Fosussing is smooth. It’s fast although not a hyperprime. The footage from the lens is vgreat. It also has the same kind of flare as the 12mm 1.6 lens. The bonus of this lens is it has lens gears on it. So easy to use with a follow Focus. There is no lens hood even for the final version. It does have a metal cap for final version.

This lens is not as razor sharp as let’s say the Voigtländer 25mm. But it is a lot cheaper.

As the 35mm T1.4 is meant to be an upgrade to the 35mm f/1.7 lens, SLR magic will be offering a trade-in program for SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 owners who would like to upgrade their lens to the SLR Magic CINE 35mm T1.4
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 trade-in program details (offer ends by Feb 28th 2013)
1) Need SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 lens.
2) Copy of receipt from authorised resellers dated before Dec 1st 2012.
3) Items 1 and 2 shipped to us in Hong Kong by registered post with tracking number.
People interested in the upgrade program can contact SLR Magic at
SLR Magic 35mm T1.4 would cost $259 instead of $349 after trade-in price. (Trade-in price offer can be used in conjunction with manufacturers rebate.)