SLR Magic HyperPrime 35mm f/0.95 Lens for Fuji X-Mount: Good glass, but what do you do if you get a bad copy?________
I really wanted to love this lens. Got it through Adorama after playing with a (better) copy of it in Hong Kong earlier this year.
The aperture ring is buttery smooth, just like both the aperture and focus rings were in the HK version I played with. But the focus is stiff and jerky, making the lens essentially unfocusable wide open. Which is why you buy a lens like this, to use wide open.
What a shame. And to make it worse, SLR Magic gets low marks on the confidence scale by not including any contact or warranty info of any kind either on, or in the packaging.
This is a $1400+ lens. That's a premium price. You can't be zero-included documentation at that price point.
Optically it is a pretty beautiful lens. I mean it is a compromise in physics just like any other super-fast lens. But the combination of letting one go with a stiff, jerky focus ring, and not giving any warranty or contact info on the package quickly erodes my trust in your company.
I ordered the lens through Adorama, the US distributor. So they have my back. If the manufacturer had included warranty info -- OR ANY INFO -- they would not have scared me into quickly returning this lens before the return window runs out.
But as it stands, it feels like too big a risk not to. #slrmagic
UPDATE: SLR Magic got back to me and said the lens comes with a one-year warranty. Just no documentation for it. Or any documentation that relates to the manufacturer.
Realistically, anyone who gets a stiff copy will just send it back to the retailer, eating 2x shipping in the process, rather than keep a $1400 lens that needs to go back to HK right out of the box.
The lens itself (as in the glass) is actually very good, if very specialized. But $1400 for a normal lens is a ton of money and should ensure both more QC and better—documented—support.