Shooting with the SLR Magic 25mm and 50mm lenses

1st March, 2018

The Discovery

After having be shooting for a year with Sigma Arts lenses mounted to the Panasonic GH5 thanks to the Metabones Speedbooster XL, I wanted to find more compact lenses offering good low light performances and a cinematic image quality to bring with me at anytime in a small bag. One brand emerged from all the competition in the m43 industry: SLR Magic.

So I've naturally browsed and discovered the wide variety of lenses the brand SLR Magic have been producing.

As I'm huge fan of bokeh, I directly choose to give a try to the SLR Magic 25mm T0.95 HyperPrime Cine III Lens and SLR Magic 50mm T0.95 HyperPrime Cine Lens.

To shoot at T0.95 while maintaining a constant shutter speed, I also purchased the SLR Magic 77mm Self-Locking Variable Neutral Density and SLR Magic 86mm Solid Neutral Density 1.2 Image Enhancer Filter.

So now that I have ordered the complete package, let see how it looks and performs !

+ SLR Magic 77mm Variable ND
+ SLR Magic 86mm Image Enhancer Filter

The Setup

To embrace the philosophy of these compact Cine lenses, I've stripped my GH5 to it's minimum, resulting in a very compact but yet powerfull thanks to the new GH5's high bit-rate codecs.

The construction of both lenses allow for a precise rotation of the aperture ring and precise and soft rotation of the focus ring. It's a real pleasure to work with these lenses !

The SLR Magic 50mm with SLR Magic filters mounted on my Panasonic GH5.

The SLR Magic 50mm with SLR Magic filters mounted on the GH5.

SLR Magic25 mm on my Panasonic GH5, ready to shoot !

SLR Magic25 mm on my Panasonic GH5, ready to shoot !

The Results

For the first tests, I brought the lenses to a low-light shooting where I knew I wouldn't have time to use proper lightning. And thanks to there fast aperture, I pulled some great footages from the GH5 small sensor.

Have a look to the results in the following video.

Créations // ESTELLE ROCHAT from Aigal Studio on Vimeo.

All the scenes where shots with the lenses set at T1.4 for maximum optical and low light performances.

The SLR Magic lenses are simply amazing lenses to recreate the so called cinematic look with the GH5. The organic look they provide is obtained thanks to a subtle combination of gentle softness and high resolve power to create detailed scenes.

The SLR Magic 25mm and 50mm T0.95 HyperPrime lenses are amazing lenses for cinematic imaging, and I will definitely be using them as often as I can.

The End

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