by Fabian Chaundy | 14th April 2017
The latest Metabones Firmware Upgrade for their EF-mount Speed Boosters and Smart Adapters adds better compatibility with the Canon CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 cine zoom, as well as support for the Panasonic GH5. Metabones Firmware Upgrade – Canon CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 With the Canon CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 Cinema Zoom Lens, Canon delivered a relatively affordable lens with a wide range of features. The latest firmware update to the Metabones EF-mount Speed Boosters and Smart Adapters allows you to now use the lens’ servo zoom capabilities via the camera interface — be it the zoom rocker of a JVC, the touch screen of a Panasonic or the Sony PlayMemories Mobile App. The Metabones software also makes use of the smooth aperture control on the Canon CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 to achieve “virtually imperceptible” aperture changes when a camera is set to auto-iris. In addition, when used with a Sony camera, the new Metabones firmware upgrade allows you to map the REC button on the lens grip to a variety of user-customisable camera functions, including REC Start/Stop when assigned to the MOVIE function. One important detail to keep in mind: as the Canon CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 is a Super 35mm lens, using a Metabones Speed Booster to compensate for its rather slow constant aperture will result in vignetting in everything but Micro Four-Thirds sensors. The Metabones Smart Adapter would be the one to use in most situations. Metabones Firmware Upgrade – Panasonic GH5 The latest firmware upgrade from Metabones also brings compatibility to the new Panasonic GH5, adding user-selectable image stabilisation (either the lens or the camera’s), smooth iris control with compatible lenses, detailed EXIF transfer and contrast detection autofocus… although, as always, remember that autofocus capabilities suffer heavily when using a third-party adapter. This Metabones firmware upgrade is already available for all compatible products HERE. For more information, check out the Metabones press release. Will this update enhance your set up? Let us know in the comments below!Read more
by Olaf von Voss | 15th June 2016
If your working tool of choice happens to be a micro four-thirds camera, then you know the problem. You’ll need some kind of focal reducer in order to make proper use of decent full frame glass like the Canon EF L Series. But Aputure doesn’t stop at that. They just have released their DEC LensRegain adapter, highly anticipated since the NAB 2015, which is not only a focal reducer but a whole wireless camera control! Nino Leitner caught up with them at Cine Gear 2016. Focal reducer vs. focus & aperture control A good year ago, Aputure introduced their DEC wireless focus & aperture adapter. That was (and still is) a cool little piece of gear, suffering from one disadvantage: it isn’t compatible with the Metabones Speedbooster. If you were shooting on a Panasonic GH4, for instance, then you had to decide: you could either use an EF lens with the DEC wireless adapter but with a massive crop factor as a result, or you could reduce the crop factor with the use of a Speedbooster and give up the wireless focus and aperture capabilities. The Aputure DEC LensRegain attached to a Lumix GH4 The Aputure DEC LensRegain So there was always an either/or decicion to be made… until now. The Aputure DEC LensRegain offers both: it is a focal reducer and a remote camera control. First of all this, adapter sports a built-in 0.75x focal reducing optical element, which is a necessity if you want to make good use of EF glass on a micro 4/3 sensor. On top of that, Aputure merged this focal reducing adapter with their existing wireless control tech from their original DEC adapter in the form of an receiver which connects directly to the LensRegain. With an OLED screen which displays the current (and already calculated) T-stop, this module alone is a very neat little device which also connects wirelessly to the remote tripod-grip style unit. The LensRegain gives you not only an extra stop of aperture and the ability to work with a decent crop factor, but also allows you to start/stop the camera from the control handle, as well as wirelessly controlling aperture and focus. You even can program two focus points for precise focus racks. Pretty cool! The battery life of the receiver module is set to 4 hours and the hand grip unit should last for a week which seems to be more than sufficient. The grip can be operated within a 100m range from the receiver, making it possible to operate in crane setups and other scenarios in which the camera is hard to reach. The main competitor for this DEC LensRegain adapter is, of course, the Metabones Speedbooster Ultra which sports a 0.71x focal reducing element. The resulting image is a little bit wider than the image from the 0.75x LensRegain adapter. On the other hand, the Speedbooster is a little more expensive ($649) than the LensRegain ($589) and it lacks all the wireless camera control capabilities. One thing to note, though: you can’t control the aperture manually on your camera while the LensRegain adapter is attached to it. Only the wireless hand unit works and it blocks the manual camera dial. Pricing and availability The Aputure DEC LensRegain is available as of now and it retails for $589 with everything you’ll need to get it working. DEC LensRegain adapter receiver module hand grip mounting clamp for the hand grip hard case Our European followers can get Apurture’s device from Amazon UK by clicking here or Amazon Germany by clicking here Also make sure to visit the german distributor Equiprent if you are located in germany. For more information, please visit aputure.comRead more
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