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    SLR Magic 23mm 1.7

    Hey fellas,

    Ive 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 Sonys24mm 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 its a solid very well built piece of glass. Its also a pretty compact lens with a 49mm filter thread.
    Im at work right now and I didnt 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.

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    Rafa

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    Re: SLR Magic 23mm 1.7

    Im by far not a pro tester or anything. So here are some very very basic tests:

    f1.7

    f2

    f2.8

    f4

    f8



    f1.7

    f2

    f2.8

    f4

    f8


    Some quick and boring self portraits at f1.7





    As you can see you can get REALLY close with this lens (about 3 fingers from the point of interest)




    A crop of the above


    These were all very very basic tests, but so far I like this lens. It has one of my favorite FOVs, its fast, it allows for semi-macro photography, its compact, not too expensive (actually very cheap if compared to Sonys 24mm 1.8).

    Ill post "real" pictures when I have some time to take it out. Ill also post some videos.

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    Re: SLR Magic 23mm 1.7

    Rafa, nothing wrong with that lens, you're a lucky guy to have such a rare one.
    Is it AF or MF?
    Anyway, it'll be a real collectors item soon.

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    Re: SLR Magic 23mm 1.7

    Ive 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. Its very sharp with a low contrast feel to it that works great for video and allows for a very special photographic look. Im 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 Im 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.
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    Re: SLR Magic 23mm 1.7

    Here is a video from when we were doing some location scouting for the documentary. The compression doesnt do much justice (Ive watched this footage on a 52" lcd screen and it looks awesome):

    https://vimeo.com/39302681

    https://vimeo.com/39304671
    Last edited by Rawfa; 28th March 2012 at 03:06.

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    Re: SLR Magic 23mm 1.7

    Some more with the SLR. All taken at Rios Botanical Gardens.






















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