1. SLRMagic Hyperprime 12mm f1.6 Lens test


    from Daniel Grey / Added

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    I applied for an early release beta of the 12mm f1.6 by SLR Magic. One of the conditions of receiving the beta lens is to release some work taken with the lens within a month of receiving it. Since I bought this lens predominantly to use on a Steadicam, I thought that's what I should show you in this video. I had previously used the 14-42 Panasonic kit lens which performed well at 14mm but I wanted to go wider. Generally the wider you go with the lens the steadier it looks on a steadicam. I only had three projects during the month. A music video for a classical piece, a friends wedding and some blocking tests for a short film we are shooting next year. Most of the shots in this video are my Panasonic GH2 on a Glidecam HD1000 with the aperture set as small as possible for the lighting conditions to help with focus. None of these clips are colour corrected or graded. The SLR Magic lens does have a tendency to flair but that's not necessarily a bad thing when shooting a wedding or a music video. Closing down the aperture gets rid of most of the flair so it can become an artistic choice to use it. The lens is certainly sharp enough compared to my Voigtlander 25mm and shows a surprisingly small amount of perspective distortion towards the edges. Probably the best surprise with this lens is the step less aperture I have got shots I couldn't of got without using a variable ND filter in the past. I was really pleased with this lens it feels like a quality piece of kit and I honestly was expecting to see a lot more distortion. If you have any questions or shots you would like to see with the 12mm please leave a message. The audio track is creative commons licenced. It's by Monexus one of my favorite artist on soundcloud. Link to his page http://soundcloud.com/monexus

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