What a better chance to get this tiny and super lightweight ultra-wide lens for your favourite Micro 4/3 camera right away and save a few bucks along the way. For those of you who might not be aware, the SLR Magic 8mm f/4 manual lens was officially introduced during the BVE 2017 trade show in London three months ago and since then becomes the go-to choice for numerous aspiring Micro 4/3 shooters looking for a native ultra-wide angle lens at an affordable price.
In fact, it’s one of the smallest and lightest wide-angle lenses for MFT you can currently get out there which makes it extremely convenient not only for compact cameras such as the GH4, GH5, GX85, etc. but also for drones, aerial systems, and stabilizers with MFT cameras on board.
With its 16mm equivalent focal length in 35mm format, minimal distortion, and high sharpness, the tiny SLR Magic is ideal for remote camera work, plus it offers a 43mm front thread for additional accessories, such as an optional hood or standard threaded ND filters. In addition, the tiny lens sports manual aperture and focus along with a locking screw to avoid any accidental focus shifts while shooting.
Due to its extremely small and lightweight form factor, some of you may find difficult to balance their camera rigs on certain occasions, so the easiest workaround to deal with this shortcoming seems to be threading a sun hood on the front of the lens. Even though it’s not ideal, it’s still a viable solution for those of you who want to get a better balance. It’s also worth noting that shooting at f4 reduces sharpness at the corners of the frame so try to keep your aperture at f5.6 or f8 for optimal results whenever possible.
SLR Magic 8mm f/4.0 Highlights
Ultra-Wide Lens Compatible with Micro Four Thirds Systems
Designed for Drones and Stabilizers
16mm (35mm Equivalent)
Aperture Range: f/4 to f/16
Manual Focus with Locking Screw
Manual Aperture Control
Optical Design: 9 elements in 8 groups
43mm Filter Thread & 52mm Filter Adapter
Angle of view: 140 degrees
Surface Finish: Black anodized
Weight: 3.9 oz (110 g)
The SLR Magic 8mm f/4.0 is backed by Limited 1-Year Warranty and it’s currently on sale at B&H and Adorama.