The SLR Magic 28mm f/2.8 lens is a multi coated manual prime lens that is made to work with the Sony NEX system for camera bodies such as the NEX-3, NEX-5 and NEX-VG10. Lens is in native E lens mount and will work directly on your camera! What is really special about this lens is that it is very light weight (280g) and has a unique rotational aperture disk. When wide open it produces silky smooth bokeh. When stopped down it still produces silky smooth bokeh. It is because the rotational aperture disk ensures a perfectly round aperture opening at all times for the perfect bokeh. It is the signature of this SLR Magic lens. The lens is great for creative photography.
A perfectly round aperture is achieved at all times means great portrait photos can be achieved. The fully manual lens is great for creative photographers who would like to take artistic photos with a shallow Depth of Field.
Reviewed by 3 customers
I bought for being a compact, low-cost 28mm lens and was expecting great results from the perfectly circular diaphragms. Unfortunately, the optical quality is absolutely unacceptable at moderate opening and it suffers from tremendous glare at the center, starting from f5.6-8 It's on it's way back. Here you can see the results at all apertures, with 100% crops (tested on a NEX-5 - apologies for the dust: these pictures were made for testing the lens as soon as I noticed the glare, not for the beauty of the subject): https://picasaweb.google.com/Paolo.DuctTape/SLRMagic28mm28?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCOG7tN2kov7OoQE&feat=directlink
I should start by saying that I do not own this lens, but I feel compelled to comment because of the previous review. This lens is "all manual" so the Sony NEX cameras will not recognize it. The lens does not have electronics. To use this lens, you should be able to go into your Setup menu and enable the shutter to "release w/o lens", and then everything will work just fine. The lens has a manual focus ring, and a manual aperture ring. You'll still select the shutter speed on the camera.
Camera did not recognize the lens. I sent it back.