SLR Magic HyperPrime 50mm f/0.95 M-mount lens prototype listed on eBay

A prototype of the SLR Magic HyperPrime 50mm f/0.95 M-mount lens is now listed on eBay. The current price after 19 bids is $1,550.00 with 14 hours left. The MSRP price of the lens is $4,288. Lens description from the eBay listing:

This auction is for a beautiful Noktor "Hyperprime" LM 50mm f0.95 lens with RF coupling for Leica-M series cameras. This un-serialized prototype lens is in excellent condition, with no scratches signs of use on the barrel. Except for a piece of dust (shown in picture below) on an interior element, the optics are clean with no scratches, fungus or hazing. Lens includes original front and rear lens covers only.

Here are some images taken with a pre-production SLR Magic HyperPrime 50mm f/0.95 and Canon 50mm-f/95, Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 and Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1 lenses for comparison:

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  • Mmmmm, been there, had that…..

    Be interesting to see what it sells for, I wonder who’s lens that was???

    • Stephen Patterson

      It’s not one of the three I had and rejected, and my last had a lot more debris inside the lens, I suspect from the aperture blades coating coming off. Seller is listed in Seattle… OK, that answers that.

      • Ashwin Rao’s

        I guess it belongs to Ashwin Rao who has been trying to sell his! Hahahaha! I surprised he hasn’t found a way to dispose all that metal and glass until now! Shouldn’t this lens be selling like hot cakes now? Considering how amazing the optics is but only be be let so deep down by the glue that holds them together because there was not enough room for one screw?

        Makes me laugh!

        • Ashwin Rao

          Please see my coment below….no need to laugh at all, at least not on my account…

  • When you try to sell at Leica prices quality has to match. Apparently, it does not. If you want the real deal, save up and get the real deal.

  • not worth even 300$

    • Means you haven’t seen the samples from this lens…

      • seen samples, didnt seen anything which would win me even $1000 more over using any similar lens

  • Adam Ansel

    Perfect. Spend $7K on a new Leica M and then attach this cheap piece of Chinese crap.

    Makes all the sense in the world.

    • It’s not for people like you who don’t understand what image quality is…

      • I agree the results are very impressive. I shot this model and it blew me away. Perhaps some of the people criticising it primarily on the basis of Sinophobic racism have not had the privilidge of using one, or lack the skills to operate it.

        However, I also agree it’s pricey. Having spoken to Andrew many times and at length, I realise that the reason it’s pricey is it’s not some rebranded CCTV lens or cheap knock off, but instead he’s built a lens to the highest spec with no expense spared in the production process. The difference in price is just the savings in adspend that Leica users lap up. It’s not a matter of not using battery farmed slave labour, over highly trained German artisans.

        Indeed, I understand that this is made in small numbers as a halo product with low or negative margins, not a profit gouging exercise. Unfounded negative comments are contrary to the spirit of innovation, technical development and small business free enterprise – exactly that which we should encourage in the Hong Kong and Chinese economy.

        I’ve read with dismay how some people seem to have dissed the product based on poorly chosen blind brand loyalty. By all accounts (that I find trustworthy) Andrew has made a fine product and gone far beyond the call of duty to make good on any defects found even on these pre-production prototypes that were released cheaply for evaluation. As any and all problems should have been solved under warranty, there’s no good reason why a prototype should not be good, buy why pay top dollar on a lens with no warranty for subsequent second-hand owners. I would buy a production model direct from SLRMagic.

        • Stephen Patterson

          I find you “Sinophobic racism” comment above to be completely out of line. I am an American who lives in China and a majority of my friends are Chinese. My wife is Chinese. For you to say that racism is a factor for those who have been critical of this lens, without offering any proof, is reprehensible.

          Many people are waiting for SLR Magic to stop trying to shift the blame to it’s customers and instead subject the lens to a real world independent review of it’s optical and mechanical qualities.

          My issues with SLR Magic and the Hyperprime are the same as they have always been:

          1. A high number of mechanical failures amongst early adopters (three in my case alone) concerning debris inside the lens, the failure of the aperture and focus rings, reports of possible debris inside the helical as evidenced by a grinding sensation when focusing and miscalibration issues.

          2. Failure on the part of SLR Magic to accept responsibility for their calibration problems with the LM version, instead blaming packaging and customers not using magnifiers and diopter correction lenses.

          3. The use of Loktite thread locking compound to hold at least the aperture and focus rings. As SLR Magic have provided no engineering drawings it’s impossible to know more about their assembly process.

          4. No MTF charts or engineering drawings have been provided in support of performance claims on the part of SLR Magic.

  • Ashwin Rao

    Hello everyone, just to be clear, this lens was previously owned by me. I traded it in to Kenmore Camera to help fund the purchase of my MM. My prototype copy of the lens never caused me any issues. It has a beautiful rendering, and build quality seemed solid to me. I do not deny that others had substantial issues with their prototype lenses, as has been widely reported, but my copy proved to be reliable and accuretely focusable on both my M bodies and APS-C sensor bodies during my 6 months owning it. I also had frequent and pleasant conversations with Andrew Chan, who is the public face of SLR Magic, and he’s even offered to take a look at the lens after issues reported by other users. I told him that my copy behaved fine. I didn’t sell it for fear of any mechanical failure or image quality flaw. Rather, the IQ that I saw, which has not really been discussed, was fantastic. As I own other fast 50’s, I elected to sell this lens, as it was redundant in my kit. I had to make some tough choices when deciding to take on the cost of the MM, and this lens was sold for that reason. I am glad that Kenmore got a reasonable offer on ebay for the lens, and I wish SLR Magic the best of luck for future product announcements. As I have had no issue with lens assemblies or their customer service, I would consider buying from them.

    Many of you know that I try to form my own opinions in the photographic world and be a source of support and positive discussion. Hence, I provide this opinion as a counter point to the experiences of others, which are no more nor no less valid than my own experience. Both the experiences of me and Stephen and David are valid, and if I had been in their shoes, I may well have felt similarly to them. However, my lens didn’t give me a signal cause for pause.

    One item that I have consistently advised SLR Magic on is to publish lens assembly information, MTF charts, and more information on the lens. Their site (Noktor) does not provide this information, and a lack of knowledge can often raise anxiety levels, especially when making an expensive purchase such as the hyperprime is. I would like to see Noktor be transparent in their assembly, MTF, and repair/replacement policy, which are not spelled out on their site.

    All the best to you in forming your own opinions and judgements.

    • Thanks for the extra info Ashwin!

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