Not on the heels of NiSi, SLR Magic have now announced their new cinema lenses at NAB 2018. The SLR Magic MicroPrime CINE E-Mount lenses are designed for full frame Sony mirrorless cameras. Four lenses kick off the new series at 25mm, 35mm, 50mm and 75mm focal lengths, and they’re currently on display at NAB.
The new MicroPrime CINE lenses feature internal focusing mechanisms and are each balanced to provide a similar weight distribution. This allows you to switch between lenses with a gimbal mounted camera without having to rebalance it each time.
The SLR Magic MicroPrime CINE lenses are designed to be compact and robust for use in a professional setting. The MicroPrime CINE lenses have a large image circle that covers up to full frame. Witness markings on the lenses are all calibrated for the accuracy professionals need in the field. Each lens is balanced, with a similar weight distribution so that recalibration is not required upon switching lenses when using a 3-axis gimbal.
Each lens features an internal focusing mechanism, and comes with a standard 85mm diameter suitable for matte box use. In the situation where a smaller setup is required, each lenses also comes with a 82mm filter thread for use with 82mm Fixed ND filters.
There are five lenses in all, but only four of them are launching at first. The 25mm T1.5, 35mm T1.3, 50mm T1.2 and 75mm T1.5 lenses will all release in May. The 18mm T2.8 will come sometime in Q3 2018. The filter size shown in the diagram above says 77mm, but as mentioned in the quote above, they’ll actually use 82mm diameter filters.
They’re not showing up for pre-order yet, but the first four lenses should start showing up at authorised dealers in May at around $800 each, and you can expect the 18mm to show up in about 3-6 months.