by Fabian Chaundy | 24th January 2017
Metabones has just announced new “CINE” versions of their popular EF to E Smart Adapter and Speed Booster ULTRA, as well as a fifth generation of their classic adapters. If you shoot with a Sony E mount and Canon EF lenses, chances are the existing Smart Adapter and/or Speed Booster ULTRA are essential parts of your kit. The new Metabones CINE Speed Booster and CINE Smart Adapter versions feature additional physical features that further increase their usability. Perhaps the most notable improvement in these new CINE versions is the “positive-lock” lens mount, which allows you to attach an EF lens to an E mount camera without the need to turn the lens. Working instead by turning the collar on the Metabones CINE adapters, the result is a more robust connection which is particularly useful when using heavier lenses. This is a kind of connection reminiscent of PL lenses (PL in fact stands for Positive Lock), a method that was also implemented in the Sony FS7 II, with which the new Metabones CINE products are also compatible. Metabones Cine Speedbooster on FS7 II The new Metabones CINE Speed Booster and Smart Adapter also include a rubber gasket between adapter and camera body, providing the camera sensor with a better degree of protection from the elements. Also new is the status LED that indicates the mode in which the adapter currently operates. This is a nice change from previous versions that kept you in the dark as to whether you were using the product’s Green or Advanced modes. The single button on the adapter is still there, but you now also get a switch for activating In-Body Image Stabilisation should your Sony camera offer this feature. The Metabones CINE Speed Booster and Smart Adapter will be available from February 2017 at a launch price of $446 and $699 respectively plus tax. In addition to the CINE Speed Booster Ultra and CINE Smart Adapter, the company also introduced the new Metabones Speed Booster ULTRA II, as well as the Metabones Smart Adapter V. These also feature the new rubber gasket, LED indicator and switch, but little else according to the company’s official press release. Price and availability are still TBD, and it doesn’t seem like they will offer any software advantage over the CINE versions. These 4 new announcements mark the fifth anniversary of the original Smart Adapter that allowed shooters to use their DSLR lenses on the new breed of mirrorless cameras — certainly a trail-blazing product that set the pace for the growing lens adapter industry. Would your setup benefit from the new positive-lock system on the Metabones CINE Speed Booster and Smart Adapter, or are you happy with the previous models? Let us know in the comments below!Read more
by Nino Leitner | 20th November 2015
By now, almost everyone might have heard of the Metabones Speed Booster, a brilliant adapter that allows you to achieve a full frame look on a cropped sensor (APS-C or Super35) camera – particularly Canon EF lenses on Sony E or Panasonic GH2/3/4 cameras. The Speed Booster uses high quality glass that “compresses” the full frame image from the full frame EF lens to the smaller imaging area of the sensor, thereby even gaining over one full stop of light. In essence, it makes your lenses effectively “wider and faster”, which is nothing short of amazing. My Metabones Speed Booster Ultra “lives” on my Sony FS7, on which I can use my ZEISS Compact Primes or any Canon EF L lenses using the Speed Booster Ultra and the aforementioned benefits. Following a similar concept in a higher-end package, the newly announced IB/E S35 x FF Expander does something similar to the Metabones Speed Booster, but exactly the other way around: It’s meant for S35 lenses that are used on larger sensor cameras, like for example the RED Epic/Weapon. It’s a fact that many higher-end professional film lenses are S35 only, because they were created to expose the S35 negative of film stock, which is about half as big as the “full frame” 35mm from photo stills cameras (first used for filmmaking with the Canon 5D Mark II, most popular nowadays with the Sony A7 series). However now there are also higher-end cameras like the RED Epic on the market, which offer a sensor that is larger than S35. While the RED offers a crop mode at lower resolutions, in order to utilize the full resolution of the sensor you had to use “full frame” lenses so far. It makes a lot of sense to introduce that concept to the higher-end market, because this adapter further increases the compatibility of lenses to cameras. IB/E Optics created the S35 x FF Expander to facilitate common PL mount S35 lenses, and as we can hear in the video, the “camera side” offers an interchangeable mount which effectively also makes this a PL adapter for all your cameras (however please be aware that there will be flange distance related issues on some camera and lens combinations, meaning you cannot always achieve back focus with all lenses on all cameras – this needs to be tested before you set your eyes on a particular combination for a project!). More details on the Band Pro website. It will be available in December and sell for $6900.Read more
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