PRESS RELEASE: The SLR Magic 17mm T1.6 Micro 4/3 Lens



NEW: The SLR Magic 17mm T1.6

SLR Magic expands its micro four thirds lineup with new wide angle lens

Hong Kong, China (December 13, 2013) – SLR Magic expands the micro four thirds lens lineup with the new SLR Magic 17mm T1.6 wide angle lens. With this latest addition, the portfolio of lenses for the micro four thirds system is now comprised of seven focal lengths.

The field of view of this new lens corresponds to a 34mm lens in 35mm format and this fast wide angle of view opens up many new creative composition opportunities, particularly in the fields of interior, architectural and landscape cinematography and photography. Additionally, a fast max aperture of T1.6 makes the SLR Magic 17mm T1.6 ideal for available-light photography.

We place our highest priority in the development on our lenses to fulfill the demands of professional cinematographers and photographers. The design and build of the SLR Magic 17mm T1.6 is solid and reliable.

The SLR Magic 17mm T1.6 will be available from authorized SLR Magic dealers starting end of December 2013.

I have this lens in hand and will be doing a full review in the next week or two! Stay tuned, so far so good!


Technical Data

SLR Magic 17mm T1.6

Lens Type:

Fast wide-angle lens

Compatible Cameras:

All micro four thirds mount cameras

Optical Design:

12 elements in 10 groups

Distance Settings:

Distance range: 0.17m to ∞, combined scale meter/feet


Manually controlled diaphragm, 10 aperture blades , Lowest value 16


micro four thirds

Filter Mount:

Internal thread for 52mm filter; filter mount does not rotate.

Surface Finish:

Black anodized


Length to bayonet mount:

approx. 78.65mm (approx. 3.10in)

Largest diameter:

approx. 56.3mm (approx. 2.21in)


approx. 340g (approx. 12oz)

Andrew Chan

Product Manager



  1. Hy, what are the differences between the srl magic 50mm 095 for leica mount (out of production, about 4.000€) and the much cheaper 50mm 095 for sony E mount (available, about 1.000€)?.
    The latter is not a FF, isn’t it?

  2. Just wondering how that review’s coming? I’d love to see some shots and hear your appraisal of the performance.

    Many thanks for your site which IS an inspiration.

  3. SLR Magic is know for its non existing international distribution. It’s almost impossible to get their products here in Germany except the toy lenses. That’s why I stick with lenses from Samyang (AKA Walimex, Rokinon, etc) which are easily available and worth their money.

    • Hi Everyone, I hope you do not mind this interjection. I thought I would just mention that we are the distributors for SLR Magic in the UK, but also ship to Europe. We have just completed a new website where there is more detailed information on the lenses / offers / promotions, customer reviews etc. More information will follow in the coming weeks. You can also purchase directly from the website if you wish.

  4. My question is: where the heck can you buy SLR Magic lenses? Their web site shows pretty much every flavor is currently not in stock, and there are no prices listed for any items. Stock on eBay is very limited, and dealers like Adorama have an even more limited selection. I was interested in one of the X-mount lenses, but it’s just too difficult to purchase one!

  5. The 17mm (34mm equivalent) field of view is well captured in MFT with some very fine glass being the Voigtländer 17.5/0.95 and Olympus 17/1.8. As this is fully manual and is simply a budget version of Voigtländer I can not see outstanding head lines. More a budget copy.
    What is missing is a 17mm lens with an aperture of 095 -1.4 that takes advantage of the beautiful MFT auto focus system.

  6. Wide angle macro lenses are never a good idea due to distortion and the fact that you have to be extremely close to the subject. Olympus has it own fantastic macro lens which also is AF. And the 17mm 1.8 for regular shots.

    Maybe the point of this lens is for video?

    • the 60mm macro is fantastic, but if you want a lens that can do “nearly macro” in a portrait length but with a wider aperture when you want it, the Voigtlander 42.5 allows close focus too and the results are impressive.

      I guess this lens should be compared more to the Voigtlander 17.5 than the AF Olympus.

    • I prefer wide angle lenses that focus close. My favorite one focuses to 2cm. They let me hold my objects (flowers) while taking a photo and lets me turn and inspect them right through the camera. Distortion isn’t a problem in my case.

    • It’s about the size of a Leica 50 Summilux ASPH, same weight too. It is a T 1.6 lens which is about an f/1.3 or 1.4 – VERY close focusing so can be used as a macro as well though not the best due to distortion up close from being a 17mm lens.

    • This is an F/1.4 lens (T 1.6), will focus super close (macro capability) and is built like a small tank. So if you prefer manual focus, solid build, speed and a lens for video, this would be a fantastic choice.

      • As would a Leica 35mm non aspheric summilux on a full frame camera like the new Sonys.
        which would be more expensive I guess ?

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