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SLR Magic 23mm 1.7

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by RAWFA, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. RAWFA

    RAWFA TalkEmount Veteran

    Dec 25, 2011
    Hey fellas,

    I´ve just picked up from the post office the 23mm 1.7 for NEX that SLR Magic produced. They were supposed to release it for "mass" production but after a not so good review from Steve Huff (BD and sharpness were not optimum when compared to Sonys´24mm 1.8...which costs 3 times more) and some complaints about the price (us$350 at the time of the review) they decided not to go ahead with this lens and just sold the 100 units they had already made. Since I had applied as a beta tester I ended up getting one of these units.
    My first impression is that it´s a solid very well built piece of glass. It´s also a pretty compact lens with a 49mm filter thread.
    I´m at work right now and I didn´t have any time to test it yet but I will make some tests and post them here as soon as I have some time. I will probably use it for a video shoot this weekend, so I might post some video too.


  2. Phoenix

    Phoenix TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Aug 25, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Phoenix Gonzales
    I look forward to your test results.
  3. RAWFA

    RAWFA TalkEmount Veteran

    Dec 25, 2011
    I´m by far not a pro tester or anything. So here are some very very basic tests:

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    Some quick and boring self portraits at f1.7

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    As you can see you can get REALLY close with this lens (about 3 fingers from the point of interest)
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    A crop of the above
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    These were all very very basic tests, but so far I like this lens. It has one of my favorite FOVs, it´s fast, it allows for semi-macro photography, it´s compact, not too expensive (actually very cheap if compared to Sonys´ 24mm 1.8).

    I´ll post "real" pictures when I have some time to take it out. I´ll also post some videos.
  4. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
  5. freddytto

    freddytto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2011
    Puebla, Mexico
    Coming it at $350 this lens is over $600 cheaper than the Zeiss but its not bad, i see the pictures they are great..
  6. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    While a bit pale, the shots look very sharp so far and great close up detail.
  7. RAWFA

    RAWFA TalkEmount Veteran

    Dec 25, 2011
    I´ve spent 2 days shooting with this lens for a documentary I was hired as a camera-man/still photographer. So far I absolutely love it. It´s very sharp with a low contrast feel to it that works great for video and allows for a very special photographic look. I´m exhausted from all the long shots during the weekend but I will post some samples as soon as I have some time.
    So far I like this lens so much that I´m even scared what will happen if I lose it or break it somehow. Maybe if I post enough pictures and raise enough interest the SLR Magic guys will reconsider and start manufacturing the lens again. :) 
  8. RAWFA

    RAWFA TalkEmount Veteran

    Dec 25, 2011
    Here is a video from when we were doing some location scouting for the documentary. The compression doesn´t do much justice (I´ve watched this footage on a 52" lcd screen and it looks awesome):


  9. RAWFA

    RAWFA TalkEmount Veteran

    Dec 25, 2011
    Some more with the SLR. All taken at Rio´s Botanical Gardens.











  10. Janne303

    Janne303 TalkEmount Regular

    Jan 15, 2013
    Uppsala, Sweden
    Janne Eriksson
    where to get this nowadays?
  11. serhan

    serhan TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2011
  12. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Even Adorama doesn't have it in stock. At this point, it might be better to go with a used 24mm CZ. It is more expensive, but at the same time it's a better lens without a doubt.
  13. RAWFA

    RAWFA TalkEmount Veteran

    Dec 25, 2011
    I´m replacing all the lenses I use on my Nex7 for either AF lenses or Canons, so I´m actually selling my 23mm if anyone is interested. The thing is I can get more money here in Brazil than the price of a new one (because of heavy import taxes we have to pay). If anyone is interested anyway just drop me a line and we can deal in private. I´ll be traveling on June 15th and I have until then to ship it.
  14. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Pm sent

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