While in Hong Kong, I managed to get in touch with SLRMagic's Product Manager, Andrew Chan. He hand delivered my new SLRMagic 35 T 1.4 lens! The lens is packaged beautifully and initial impression is quite positive. I've been in contact with Andrew before through email but meeting him in person was great. He's a lovely person to talk to during coffee and I was also able to find a little bit more about the company and their plans for the NEX mount.
A brief history on what SLRMagic lens lineup so far for the NEX system:
- SLRMagic 35/1.7
- SLRMagic 28mm Bokehmorphic
- SLRMagic 35mm T 1.4
- SLRMagic Hyperprime 50mm 0.95
Their next release will be the SLRMagic 23mm f/1.7 lens. Not having seen and use this lens myself, I am assuming that this will be a cheaper alternative to the Sigma 30mm and the Sony Zeiss 24/1.8 that is currently available. I have heard of this lens before but SLRMagic has gone back to the drawing board to re-design the lens as initial reviews weren't favorable. I commend them from doing this as instead of releasing a 'so-so' lens, they instead went back and fix whatever issues were reported. This shows that the company really wants to be taken serious by NEX users.
SLRMagic will be concentrating on CINE lenses as other brand (e.g Zeiss CP.2, Angieux, etc) are out of reach for most people, price-wise.
As a treat, here's a sample video I took of the SLRMagic 35 T 1.4 lens with the NEX-7 @ 1.4. It shows very good bokeh and colours!
Test Video : NEX-6 and SLRMagic 35 T 1.4 from Cris Gruba on Vimeo.