Earlier this month Metabones announced firmware V0.41 for the Canon EF to E mount adaptor, promising to fix the frustrating aperture flash Sony FS7 and A7s users experience when using Canon lenses. In this article I check out how successful the update is. Many people have migrated from Canon to Sony camera systems of late, pound for pound there’s no denying Sonys dominance of the current market. Many of these people will have also brought with them an EF lens line. Sony still have a way to go in terms of offering a wide variety of professional E mount lenses, plus it makes sense financially; if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. However, users of the Sony FS7/A7s will all tell you of the… quirks when adapting EF to E mount via Metabones adaptors. The main problem lies in aperture adjustment. When opening the aperture, the iris will open to max before closing back down to the desired f-stop. The result is a bright flash every time you adjust exposure. It shouldn’t be a deal breaker, adjusting stills lenses on a native mount body won’t give you smooth adjustments like a manual aperture lens, however the flash is somewhat frustrating. Metabones Firmware Version 0.41 for the Canon EF to E mount Mark IV promises to fix the issue, along with a few other features. Here’s the list of updates: User may choose between lens OIS and IBIS using the lens’ IS switch (except for some Tamron lenses). If the lens’ IS switch is ON, lens OIS is used and IBIS is turned off automatically. If lens’ IS switch is OFF, IBIS is used instead. To turn off all IS, hold down the WO button on the adapter while switching the lens’ IS to the OFF position. IS is always turned on during magnified focus assist for ease of manual focusing Added autofocus support for some legacy lenses on A7 series Eliminated iris flicker when opening up the iris from a slower aperture to a faster aperture in Green mode on FS series, NEX-VG series and A7 series in movie mode. Eliminated iris tick noise while zooming a variable aperture zoom lens in Green mode Does it work? Check the below video where I’ve tested it. The initial clip is using the older 0.40 firmware, followed by results after 0.41 is installed. I’ve outputted to an Atomos Ninja Blade with overlays so you can see the aperture adjustment in action. Sony A7S with a Canon 50mm f/1.2 Music – Lights Motion | Our Time is Now. Provided by The Music Bed. I went ahead and tested all my in-house lenses also, I won’t bore you with the results, but after quick testing I can confirm the same results as the video for the following lenses: Canon 8-15mm f/4 Fisheye | Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 | Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 | Canon 16-35mm f/4 IS | Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS | Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II | Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art | Canon 50mm f/1.2 | Canon 85mm f/1.8 | Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II | Canon 100mm f/2.8 Marco L. The update now puts Sony cameras in the same boat as native EF mount camcorders (EOS C series) in terms of visual aperture adjustment. At 1/3 stop increments you’ll never get a perfectly smooth change. However this dramatic fix now means aperture adjustments may be suitable mid take for certain genres of filmmaking. Check here for download of Metabones Firmware 0.41 and instructions of how to update your adaptor.Read more
The cinema5D forum has evolved: I present to you the cinema5Dreviews page that we’ve been working on. This is not a new forum page, this is a whole new section of cinema5D, uniquely programmed and embedded into the cinema5D platform. What is it? cinema5Dreviews is a growing database of reviews for filmmaking equipment. It is in Beta right now. What can it do for me? It has a lot of very valuable information on each filmmaking product all put in one place by fellow filmmakers. You save time surfing the web and you might find information you could have missed somewhere else. No more endless forum searching for reviews and opinions on products. It is all gathered in one place. ➔ Opinions by fellow filmmakers (which you can trace back because they’re forum members) ➔ the best video reviews gathered by you from YouTube and Vimeo, or add your own. ➔ prices ➔ ratings ➔ collection of product highlights ➔ currently sortable by star rating, price or name Who is filling the database? You. And any other cinema5D forum member can add to the database. If you have tried or own the product you can add your opinion and give a rating for the product. You can also add new products and can add details to existing products. Not only HDSLR HDSLRs are great, they’ve upgraded our clips, films, productions, but we’re also embracing all other low budget large sensor cameras and their accessories. More categories to come, please post your preferred categories in the comments to this article. It needs to be filled This database has just been born and it will become more powerful the more you feed it. Since we’ve written this software on our own and with an extremely tight budget we need some time and your feedback to work out all the glitches. It’s beta, so if something doesn’t work please be patient and let us know. That’s it. The more you use it the better and faster we can improve the platform to your benefit. Now go check it out and add a product or two: www.cinema5d.com/reviews/Read more
There’s a rumor that the Sony A77 offers clean hdmi out. It would be nice because this camera has some important advantages over other hdslrs like no moire, higher framerates and a nice screen. Only the bad compression Sony uses is what really bugs us all, so we would like to record via hdmi to a disk recorder. Unfortunately in the 30 minutes I spent with the Sony rep on the camera menu we couldn’t get rid of the tiny square in the middle of the picture. Maybe there’s a workaround I didn’t find, but taking into consideration that crippling the hdmi outs on these cameras has become a standard procedure I suppose the facts are quite obvious. We had even worse issues with the new Sony NEX-5N. The camera menu is constantly displayed on the right hand side of the feed. It seems like a camera has to be as “shitty” as the Sony HX9v in order to be allowed with clean hdmi out. Find an hdmi grab of this camera I recently posted here. Only the new and yet unreleased Sony VG-20 offers a clean hdmi output. I will post a detailed report and test results in the next days.Read more
The much anticipated Sony Alpha 77 was finally announced today in conjunction with a bunch of reviews and alongside the also much anticipated large sensor video camera VG-20, but more about that later on. Now let’s face the first question: Will the A77 be the next great hdslr? No comment. (… but no). Read much more after the jump:Read more
And here we go again. The A77 is coming in hard. How long will this camera be haunting us before we finally know if it really is any good at all? Let us calm our expectations so we don’t have to fall too high. A77 rumored specs: 24.3 MP Exmor HD CMOS sensor 19 points AF sensor with 11 cross sensors ISO 100-16000, with expandeable ISO 50 option 1920 x 1080 60p/24p AVCHD 2.0 P/A/S/M manual controls while recording video 1200 zone metering Completely new developed Bionz processor 12 fps 1/8000 shutter speed 50ms minimum release time lag electronic first shutter curtain TrueBlack 921k 3-way tilt LCD 3 million dot OLED viewfinder Smart teleconverter function with 1.4x and 2.0x option Built-in flash Built-in GPS Battery life with over over 500 shots Magnesium alloy body Dust and Moisture proof Multi Frame NR SD card (no CF!) A77 weights 680g and A65 weights 543g Body only will be priced at $1000 Body + 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM Kit will be priced between $1600 and $1800. The A77 and the A65 will be available in Europe and US around the 17th-20th of October. The announcement is said to happen on August 24th, that’s Wednesday. We’ll keep you posted. Also don’t forget that there’s another Sony announcement rumored to come this week, a camera that is actually dedicated to video: The VG-20, successor of the not good enough to beat HDSLR Sony VG-10: VG-20 rumored specs: 16 MPX Exmor sensor 1920×1080 60p/60i/24p AVCHD 2.0 video recording Can record stills in RAW 3 inch touchscreen (swifel) audio level control IR AVR remote via sonyalpharumorsRead more
[UPDATE]: The video has been removed from YouTube. Sorry. Has anybody got a new link? [UPDATE2]: Video back The Sony A77, said to be a dslr designed with video in mind, is going to be released this week. Here’s a leaked photo of it. The video has been removed. via cinemadslr.ruRead more
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