New: SLR Magic Monster Lens II 12-36×50 ED spotting scope for MFT digiscoping


New product from SLR Magic - Monster Lens II 12-36×50 ED Spotting Scope for digiscoping with Micro Four Thirds cameras. The company's first spotting scope was announced back in 2011.

Press release and technical specifications:

Hong Kong, China (Mar 28, 2013) – SLR Magic introduces the second edition SLR Magic Monstor Lens 12-36×50 ED Spotting Scope lens for Digiscoping and expands their Micro Four Thirds lens lineup. The SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED Spotting Scope for Digiscoping gives you the highest resolution and brightest view possible by three key elements. It features an over sized eye relief, utilized Extra-low Dispersion optics, as well as fully Multi coated glass to help you with spotting the rare bird species. The SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED Spotting Scope also offers stacked, dual-focus controls, so you can make both rapid and fine-tuning adjustments.

The main difference from the first edition include improvements in image quality due to a new mFT adapter objective offering increased sharpness and contrast over the first edition. The field of view of this spotting scope on the micro four thirds camera corresponds to a a 840-2520mm lens in 35mm format. The user friendly design allows you to attach your camera by mounting it like any other camera lens. Everything you need comes with the package and there is no need to have a compatible lens to use it. This is the perfect solution for amateur digiscopers who want to take photos or video of wildlife.

The 12-36×50 ED Spotting Scope will be available from authorized SLR Magic dealers by June 2013.

Technical Data:

  • SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED (Premium Extra-low Dispersion glass) for mFT
  • Lens Type: Spotting Scope
  • Compatible Cameras: All micro four thirds mount cameras
  • Magnification: 12-36x
  • 35mm equivalent focal length: 840-2520mm
  • Objective: Φ50
  • Lens Coating: Multi Coated
  • Close Focus: 15 ft.
  • Weight (oz./g): 28.2/800, 45.86/1300 (with mFT adapter objective)
  • Water Resistant/Fog proof: Yes
  • Eyepiece: Straight Zoom
  • Eye relief: 23mm
  • Accessories: mFT adapter objective with tripod collar
  • MSRP: $799
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  • madmax

    It seems SLR Magic don´t want you to know the f numbers: they are f/8-25. At the maximum reach you will need really very good lighting!

    • SunMoon

      I won’t buy this. But this would probably be EXCELLENT for pictures of the Moon (which is incredibly bright and does not need a wide aperture) and Sun photographs (Note: only use VERY SPECIALIZED solar filters if you try that, unless you want to burn out your eyes!). And any large depth of field bright day application on a tripod? Probably not good for birding.

      • madmax

        Agree. For Sun and Moon photography could be a great deal as you don´t need to boost ISO a lot to get a good picture. Maybe suitable too for ice and snow climbing.

        • No longer Pablo Ricasso


          You would freeze to death before you got your first shot in focus.

          • madmax

            I mean to take photos of climbers on ice or snow. You can be at the base camp drinking a cup of tea 😉

      • madmax

        But I´m not sure it could burn out your eyes looking through the viewfinder. No micro four thirds camera has an optical viewfinder and so sunlight “only” could damage your camera sensor…

        • SolarMoon

          Ha.. right. I forgot for a second. I just post that comment any time I mention Solar photography, just in case some kid thinks about trying it with a DSLR.

    • No longer Pablo Ricasso

      Yes. 800mm equivalent is 400mm. 400mm f8 making an image circle that is apparently not enough for a DX camera, much less a full frame. The size of the front element says this.

      As a beginner I bought something similar for 39 bucks. It was a 420-700 f8-13 or something like that. It came in a plastic tube and had a T mount, meaning it was made for anything. The magazines at the time had it advertised as a 420-800 for about 250$.

      I was disappointed with the image as it seemed very flat and without much contrast. Later, after improving the rest of my lenses, I tried it for amusement, and then on someone’s digital Canon. I found that if you tweaked the focus carefully enough, you could get it to the point where good colors were produced. This either required a lot of misses for every hit or a whole lot of time and possibly prayer. It was always an extreme pain because the viewfinder was so dark and because the focus seemed to jump several feet whenever I so much as touched the ring. When I did get a shot, I found that I could get a slight extra bit of detail, but only in the extreme center. The rest was vastly inferior to whatever I compared it against, including cropped prints from shorter lenses. Unlike better lenses, where the depth of field seemed to be greater than theory would call for, the depth of field was so narrow that I initially thought that it was broken. Also, unlike my early 400 f5.6 and other better lenses, which tend to completely blur everything a certain distance from the focal plane, this lens sort of hangs on to it in kind of an annoyingly low contrast kind of way, making objects like trees appear hideous rather than beautiful. Some of that may be due to the small 62mm filter size and simple construction – three elements if I remember correctly.

      I eventually bought fast Nikon telephotos, including the 400 f3.5 and the 2x converter. To say there is no comparison isn’t quite enough…

  • CJ

    Peeping Tom’s dream

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