Despite the nearly universal praise for the Panasonic GH4, many people still can't get over the small micro 4/3 sensor. "The crop factor is too high," they say. "You just can't get extreme wide shots!" Hong Kong-based lens manufacturer SLR Magic begs to differ. Their new 10mm T/2.1 HyperPrime might just be the perfect wide angle companion for the GH4.
SLR Magic is already well known for their series of HyperPrime lenses, all of which offer stupidly fast maximum apertures, excellent optical performance, and reasonable pricing. They have also offered cine variations on most of their lenses, which feature de-clicked apertures, longer focus throw distances, and integrated focus/iris rings. Their newest offering, the 10mm T/2.1 HyperPrime CINE is not only one of the fastest wide angle lenses currently available for the Micro 4/3 format, but it pairs extremely well with the Panasonic GH4, as can be seen in this beautiful video from Seb Farges:
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So here's all of the technical jive that you'd want to know about the new SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 10mm T2.1:
- Optical design: 13 elements in 12 groups
- Distance range: 0.20m to ∞, combined scale meter/feet
- Aperture: Manually controlled diaphragm, 11 aperture blades, Lowest value 16
- Bayonet: Micro four thirds
- Filter Mount: Internal thread for 77mm filter; filter mount does not rotate.
- Surface Finish: Black anodized
- Dimensions: Length to bayonet mount approx. 79.45mm (approx. 3.12in)
- Largest diameter: approx. 80.00mm (approx. 3.14in)
- Weight: approx. 420g (approx. 14.8oz)
With a lens this fast, you can get some incredibly shallow depth of field, which is surprising considering the 10mm focal length. With the fast aperture, however, it becomes necessary to have a conversation about neutral density filtration, something which most lenses this wide have trouble with. Luckily, SLR Magic is also introducing a brand new variable ND filter with 77mm threading that works beautifully with the 10mm HyperPrime.
The SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 10mm T2.1 will have a suggested retail price of $799, and the Variable ND will have a suggested retail price of $179. Both should be available and shipping at end of October.